HOW TO WRITE A CVMost employers nowadays will ask to see a copy of your CV before considering you for an interview. Whilst many people will have a copy of their CV on their computer desktop or tucked away in their top drawer, the vast number of CV’s created will not get the applicant an interview.The word CV is short for Curriculum Vitae and it is a document that contains a summary of a person’s suitability for a specific post. It should be designed as a tool for obtaining an interview or assessment with your chosen employer. We would suggest that a massive 95% of people create one CV before distributing it to a swathe of employers – this is their first mistake.
Richard McMunn, founder of How2Become.com, explains why many people fail to get an interview with their CV:If I had a pound for every person who came to me and said that they had applied for many jobs in the past and never got invited to interview, I would be a very wealthy man! It is very easy for us to fall in to the trap of blaming employers for being disrespectful to job-seekers by failing to follow-up a job application with a ‘thanks, but no thanks’ letter or email. Whilst it is frustrating not to hear back from a potential employer after you have submitted your CV, there is actually two very good reasons why this happens. If you want to know how to create a CV then read on:
HOW TO STRUCTURE A CVIn order to teach you how to create a CV we need to first of all take a look at a sample job advertisement. Let’s assume the job you are applying for is as follows:
JOB ADVERTISEMENT FOR POSITION OF PERSONAL ASSISTANT
This role requires the ability to support our Director running a small company which specialises in new projects and initiatives for housing in Manchester and Lancashire. Duties include liaising with key stakeholders such as various landowners, Housing Associations and Local Authorities. The successful candidate will possess excellent written and spoken English and be able to deal with presentations using Powerpoint, word and excel. Must be able to set up and maintain records and use database systems. Initiative is required for this position as ‘task management’ will be a primary area of the role. The successful candidate will have a minimum 60 WPM typing speed and short hand would be a an advantage. Small office environment which includes 2-3 members of staff.
- An ability to task/project manage.
- Excellent communication and liaison skills.
- Competent use of Microsoft packages including excel, Powerpoint and word.
- Desirable shorthand skills and a minimum typing speed of 60 words per minute.
- An ability to work as part of a small team.
- Excellent organisational skills and an ability to use databases.
- Competent presentation skills.
A SAMPLE CV
Richard McMunn, Suite 2, 50 Churchill Square, Kings Hill, Kent. ME19 4YU
Email: email@example.com – Tel: 07867 XXX XXX
INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT:A hard-working, organised and conscientious team-player who can be relied upon to carry out all tasks in a timely and efficient manner. I have tremendous experience in task management and I am competent in the use of Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, Excel and database systems. I have experience of delivering effective presentations and can work with different agencies following a set brief. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with typing skills or 65 WPM.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:1983 – 1988 – Balshaws Grammar SchoolGCSE Passes English language, English literature, Maths, ArtProfessional Qualifications: IODA Diploma in Management Studies
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:April 1989 – January 1993 – Dobsons Administration ServicesJanuary 1999 – Present – Kent Fire and Rescue Service (Administration Assistant)
Skills gained during employment:• Being responsible for task management• Taking meeting notes in shorthand• Deliver presentations to the team following meetings• Data cleansing in company database systems
INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIESTravel, Scuba Diving, Gym and playing Tennis
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