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How do I create a great CV?

How to put together a great CV

Asides from moving house and getting married there seem to be not many other as stressful times than searching for the right job. Finding the right job is one thing, securing the right job is another.

Under normal circumstances finding a new job is exciting and holds a lot less pressure than in the current climate. COVID-19 has, regrettably, caused a lot of unexpected redundancies and unemployment.

Below are some simple and effective tips on how to build a strong CV, some things one person may think is glaringly obvious and another not.

Contact Information

Start your CV with your contact information including full name, address, telephone number and an e-mail address you check regularly. Every employer is different so having several ways for them to contact you will only increase the chances of them getting in contact.

Personal Profile

In this section, you want to write a short paragraph describing a bit about you and what you are looking for. Make this part exciting, make it punchy, give the employer a reason to want to continue reading.

Key point: make sure to tailor this information for every employer, highlighting specifically what makes you a good fit for the role – this will make you stand out!

Experience and Employment History

This is to showcase your employment history by outlining your previous experience and skills. Make sure you put your employment history in reverse chronological order with your most recent employer first.

Key point: make your employment history relevant. For example, if you are applying for a finance role, chances are the employer doesn’t want to read 12 bullet points on your hospitality role when you were in uni!

Education

Use this section to outline your education and any professional qualifications. Date and place your most recent first, including grade, outlining any relevant qualifications specific to the role you are applying to.

Skills or achievements

If you have any skills that are relevant to the role, you can detail them in this section along with any personal achievements that you are proud of. Make sure to stay modest and not exaggerate, as you may be asked to give more detail at the interview.

Key points: expand on your relevant qualifications, skills, and achievements. Potential employers would love to know more about what impressive deals you have made as a salesman or cases you have won as a solicitor!

Hobbies

This is an optional section. Use this section to write a brief statement on what you like to do outside of work. Try to mention hobbies that may have enhanced or aided in any personal growth. This will also give the hiring manager a better overview of yourself and give you something to elaborate on in the interview.

Key point: you would be surprised how many employers will use this as an opening line in an interview. Make sure you are telling the whole truth!

References

In this section make sure to input your most recent last two employers, otherwise you can leave this section blank until you move forward in your application.

For more information on what we can offer potential job seekers please visit our website at www.princeresourcing.co.uk

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