Designing a CV

- Keep a current CV on your PC, which you update regularly - it saves a lot of time when faced with situations where an unmissable opportunity suddenly presents itself... 
- Remember that CV's need to be adapted to the recipient, so you may need several versions of your copy... 
- It should not exceed two sides of A4 
- On the whole, don't use fancy script and style - it's a working document... 
- Use tabs and 'bold' to distinguish sub-sections from the text or bullet points that detail your skills and history... 
- The layout should be crisp, clear and well spaced... 
- Don't use templates - they lack authenticity and don't give you the chance to show your own personality... 
- Email CV to the correct HR person, phone and find out who this is.  In the modern day paper versions are rare but if you do print a CV make sure you use quality paper for the final version - it make's a difference.
- Companies are now not keen to have hand delivered CV's as it means they need to leave their work station.  Email is preferrable
- Get someone to check your spelling and grammar, and do not put Curriculum Vitae at the top it is not necessary as the recipient will know what it is.
- Be consistently positive in the way in which you present yourself.

Usual Sections.... 

- The Personal statement or profile... This is probably the most difficult part to write, because you have to praise yourself... It can be written in the 1st or 3rd person (i.e. 'I am...' or 'John is ...'). It is an opportunity for personal expression in what otherwise might be a fairly clinical statement of facts - thus very important! An example... 

I am an adaptable and enthusiastic worker, who takes great pride in his work. I communicate well at all levels and am able to form working relationships quickly with a wide range of people. I possess good administrative skills and am computer literate. 

- Name, address, telephone number 
- Place of birth, nationality
- Education history - schools attended with dates 
- Qualifications 
- Academic - achieved and to be taken (level, date) 
- Non-academic 
- Hobbies and Interests - bullet point list with achievements if relevant 
- Responsibilities - bullet point list of posts in school and out 
- Work Experience - employer, post, dates... suitably tabbed 
- Additional skills - e.g. languages, IT proficiency (put examples of programs used?), driving licence... 
- References - try to name two; give name, position and address 
ASK BEFORE YOU USE THEM
 
Useful websites: 
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/tools/cv/Pages/default.aspx
www.prospects.ac.uk/links/appsinterviews
www.targetjobs.co.uk

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