CV Tips

When writing a CV it is important to remember that this is your first impression and you are selling your skills and attributes to an employer. If it is difficult to extract useful pieces of information from your CV then it will easily be missed or ignored. Ensuring that your CV is interesting for the vacancies that you’re applying for will get you moving forward and help you secure interviews. Although it is important to make sure that the layout and presentation make it easy to read, it is more important that the information within it is descriptive and straight to the point. The more useful information you can provide the better, it means less questions have to be asked and interest can be built up immediately.

A good layout for a CV would be to first include any personal information such as your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to build up an image of you. A personal profile summarising yourself and selling your qualities is also something to include and it would also be a good idea to make it specific to your field of work. Following this, your career history with the most recent job first, making sure to include the company, your job title, the length of time you spent in that role and a summary of your duties and responsibilities. Including any achievements that maybe of relevance and that you wish to highlight is also useful, as this highlights the areas of strength within your work. After the career summary, qualifications and any training from previous jobs would be a great thing to include. If you have recently left education or if any training and qualifications are of paramount importance to a role that you are applying for, you may wish to include the qualifications section before the career history.

Any hobbies or interests relating to your field of work are a really good thing to mention, such as sporting achievements for sales roles, or areas of relevant knowledge pursuit for technical positions.

A good recruitment company or recruitment agency will provide guidance on your CV and prepare you fully for any interviews.   Intro Personnel offer a free and confidential recruitment consultancy service to a wide range of people and are available to meet candidates at any time at their office at Synchro House in Basford, close to Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent.

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