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Writing a CV

PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:37 pm
by Natman23

I really need a job. I have been handing out CVs everywhere and I was just wondering whether I was writing them correctly. Anyone got any tips?

Re: Writing a CV

PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:53 pm
by Steph
How is it laid out at the moment? If you tell us that, we might be able to advise you on whether it is laid out in the expected way.

Re: Writing a CV

PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:24 pm
by Natman23
At the top there is my name as the title with my address underneath. Contacts details under that, personal profile, my education and grades, skills and experiences, other information and references.

Re: Writing a CV

PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:46 pm
by Steph
Sounds all OK to me-my CV is laid out in that way too. It might not necessarily be anything you are doing wrong-a lot of people are finding it hard to get jobs at the moment.

Re: Writing a CV

PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:50 pm
by Remus
Some key points that I try to follow:

- Keep it simple - no fancy fonts or colourful backgrounds, just nice, simple, plain layout.

- Don't ever lie on your CV because it will come back and haunt you.

- Be clear and precise on what you are writing.

- At the same time though, give it a bit of a personal touch so it reflects yourself.

- Try to keep it under two pages as I hear most employers don't appreciate anything longer unless it's an academic position.

Re: Writing a CV

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:21 pm
by Rodge1991
- Have your name at the top in bold, so it stands out

- keep the layout the same all the way through

-List your key skills (look at the job advertised, if it says they need a hard worker-put that down!)

- Have past experience next (if applicable), list what you did there

- Have relevant qualifications starting with the most recent and work backward

-then have your hobbies/interests

-at the bottom just put references available on request

Also if you find it hard to find a job go for a voluntary job to start off
1) It gets you experience, might even get you additional training
2) They might take you are part time/full time
3) shows that you are doing something and you haven't got a gap in your CV