How to Boss Your CV

Writing that Killer C.V.

For some people, writing a C.V. can be hard work and can take people hours to complete. If this is you then I have put together a few quick tips! These will help you get a good idea of how to write the C.V. that will hopefully give you the edge, when applying for the job role you want.

Presentation is key

The design of your CV needs to catch the eye of the employer, I’m not saying have a loads of bright colours, but make the document look professional and clean.

For example, during an interview I once had the employer tell me how much he enjoyed the way in which I laid out my information, which happened to be in boxes. He said that it made it easier to read as each section was in a box and all the information was bullet-pointed, therefore it was quick and easy to read, which is good for an employer when they have hundreds of CV’s to get through.

Introduce yourself

Try to include a brief section about yourself, talking about the type of person you are. Use this section to highlight your key skills and experiences, that will make the employer interested in the rest of the document.

This section doesn’t need have paragraphs full of information, as you’re going to include it all later on in the document therefore all you need is a few lines to get the employer excited. Summarise who you are, what you want and a few key skills you h ave.

Contact Details

Imagine writing out the perfect CV, which really impresses the employer and then they come to realise that they have no way of contacting you because you’ve forgotten to include your contact details. That would be annoying right?

Although you have to impress them first, your contact details are the most important aspect of the CV because no matter how good or bad the CV is, the employer won’t be able to update you on your application status.

Include References

After reading through your CV the employer will sometimes want to double check that everything you have said is true, especially any qualifications that you have, and in order to do this you will need to include some references. So, a reference could be your tutor, a teacher or your current employer.

However, you don’t want to fill up our CV with references so write down about three and then say that there are more available if they want them because it’s unlikely that they are going to contact six or seven references.

Include relevant information

When applying for a specific job role you want to try and show that you have the right skills for the job and in order to do this you want include relevant information so that the employer will think “they’re perfect for this role”.

For example, if you are going for a Personal Training role then you want to ensure that you are including any past experiences in sport or fitness and especially any qualifications like a GCSE or A-level in PE.  

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