Getting a new job is hard work and can be disheartening. Whilst you’re searching away for new work you still have to try and stand out. Your CV (or resume) is what is going to catch the eye of your potential employer so make your life easier with these CV tips.
- Know what type of job you are applying for and base your CV around that. If you’re applying for admin work, talk about administrative your experience and show that you are great at managing correspondence, communicating, office procedures etc. Remember there’s no such thing as a standard CV.
- It shouldn’t be more than two A4 pages. CVs are clear and concise so overloading it with too much writing can put many employers off.
- Show off your skills: IT, written and oral communication, teamwork, organisation, independent work.
- Explain your interests and make them cater to what an employer would look for. That includes social activities, creative work and hobbies that require concentration and dedication. Don’t include things like TV and video gaming as they show a lack of the qualities previously mentioned.
- Check your spelling and grammar. As soon as there is an error you will lose points.
- Include at least two references from previous employers. If this is the first job you have applied for ask your tutor to be a reference.
As with a resume, the appearance of a cover letter is also important. Here are some resume and cover letter templates.
- Research the name of the person who will be reading your cover letter so that your letter is professional and connect with the reader.
- Give information on how you found out about the position you are applying for.
- Explain your major accomplishments and how you would suit the role.
- At the end of the letter discuss your availability for interview and how they should contact you. Thank the reader for their time and how you look forward to hearing from them.
I hope these tips will help you in your job hunt journey!
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