CV stands for Curriculum Vitae which is Latin for ‘the course of my life’
Your CV is a document that details your character, skills, experience and achievements. The details on your CV are what make you unique and it’s important to use this to show prospective employers who you are, what you can do and what you can offer them.
It should be no more than 2 pages long. It is not necessary to include your age, full address, marital status or nationality as employers should be able to make a decision about your skills and abilities without this information.
Make sure your CV sends out the right message – employers who receive a lot of CV’s make quick judgements to create a shortlist. Check that your CV has no typing errors, poor spelling or poor grammar – get it checked by someone else. It’s easy to make a mistake but very difficult to correct the damage once you’ve sent it to a prospective employer.
The most important part of your CV is your personal profile. This is where you grab your reader’s attention. The profile is a summary of your main selling points and aims to grab the attention of the reader right from the start and encourage them to read on. As with everything on your CV it should be targeted towards the job or type of work you are applying for.
Your profile should contain the following:
- Your positive characteristics
- Your key strengths
- Your experience, background and achievements
- Your career objective or aim
Your CV should also include a list of your key skills. What are key skills? They are simply the things you do well. Many people feel that they have few skills although the reality is that we all use a wide variety of skills both in the workplace and at home. It is important to know what your skills are as these are a main feature of a good CV. Come and see us for a friendly chat and we can help you identify all those hidden skills that you have!
Work experience also needs to be on your CV but when listing your employment history you don’t need to go back for anymore than 10years at the most. List your work history in date order starting with the most recent. Provide more details of the jobs that are relevant to the jobs you are looking for or the job you are applying for, skills you have learned and what you have achieved.
Avoid any unexplained gaps in your employment history. If you had time out, include this with details of what you’ve learned.
Whether you already have a draft CV or need guidance and support to write one Axminster Job Club can help. Just come along to chat to one of our volunteers.