CV tips from Evolution Industrial

CV tips from Evolution Industrial

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Your CV is vital, Get it right and you’ll have an interview in no time; get it wrong, and you’ll face rejection after rejection. Every CV is different, you want to show why you’re unique, but also follow a similar structure. Here is a few tips to write an outstanding CV.

What is a CV?

Your CV, short for curriculum vitae, is a personal marketing tool used to sell yourself to future employers. It should tell them about you, your professional history, and your skills; ultimately, it should show why you’re the best candidate for the job.

The format for a basic CV

There are particular sections that employers expect to see on your CV regardless of industry or job role, so we recommend using the following structure:

Contact details

Personal statement

Experience

Education

Achievements

Hobbies and interests

References

Contact details

The first part of your CV, positioned at the top of the page, should contain your contact details. This is the very basic stuff: your name, physical address, email address, and phone number.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is one of the most important aspects of your CV. It’s where you give an overview of who you are and inject a touch of personality. You should adapt it to every job you apply for, highlighting specific qualities that match you to the role. Aim to keep your personal statement short and sweet, and no longer than a few sentences. To make the most of this section, you should try to talk about the following:

Who are you?

What can you offer the company?

What are your career goals?

Experience and employment history

This section gives you a chance to plan your previous jobs, internships, and work experience. Your experience should be listed in reverse chronological order. You should state your job title and the dates you worked, followed by your responsibilities. It helps to choose the duties most relevant to the job you’re applying for, especially if it’s a long list.

Education

Like the Experience section, your education should be listed in reverse chronological order. Include the name of the institutions and the dates you were there, followed by the grades you achieved. If you have a lot of qualifications, there’s no need to list them all; just choose the most relevant. If you have a degree, you could list a few of the most relevant modules you took.

Achievements

You might look at this section and think you have no achievements, but achievements don’t have to be formal awards. If you’ve done anything you’re particularly proud of, like completing a project or receiving a promotion, you can and should include it. It’s only going to help the recruiter build a picture of you and your successes, so don’t worry about what qualifies as an achievement.  If you’re proud of it, let them know!

Hobbies and interests

You don’t need to state your hobbies and interests on your CV, but they will help recruiters know more about your personality. If you have any interesting hobbies that make you shine, or if your hobbies relate to the industry you’re going into, you can use this section to build a bigger picture of you as a person. If you’re running low on space, don’t worry too much; just remember that, if this worded well then this section could really make you stand out as a person.

References

Your referees should be your previous employers or your educational tutors, there’s no need to list all their details in this section. A person’s name, physical address, contact number, and email address are mostly things to include. Recruiters can then ask for more information if and when they need it.

Explaining any gaps in your CV

Whether you’ve been travelling or unemployed, sometimes there can be quite a few gaps in your CV. Though some may be worried, you should definitely avoid lying about these gaps. Every situation can be explained and some even used to your advantage. There are genuine reasons for gaps, and short breaks shouldn’t make a huge difference to your CV. If you’ve been out of work for a long time, though, you’ll have to explain them eventually.

If you took time out to go travelling, you can describe your cultural experiences, and you may have even worked while you were away! It’s not all about the wild late night parties and putting pictures of sunsets on Instagram. There are many interpersonal skills you can demonstrate from your time abroad, as well as other desirable characteristics like leadership, adaptability, and financial planning. List this in your Experience section as you would if it had been a previous job.

If you took a prolonged period of time off due to sickness, you shouldn’t have a problem being honest as long as the illness doesn’t affect your ability to do the job. State that, due to a medical condition, you had to take some time away from work but have now returned to full health and are looking to re-enter the workplace.

Also, if you were made redundant and became unemployed for quite some time, explain that your company had to make cutbacks that unfortunately led to a reduction in the number of staff. Your CV only needs to go back to a maximum of about ten years’ experience, so any gaps before then will be ignored anyway.

Source: CV library