5 Tips for writing a CV
Looking for work as student can be quite a daunting process, especially for those students who have not had much work experience, so there are several tips below which can help you write a great CV. A good CV is the foundation to any job, so once this is complete you will hopefully receive a better response from the jobs which you have applied for.
- First thing is to have a clear layout.
In general employers spend around 20 / 30 seconds reading your CV, so the layout must be clutter free, flow appropriately and easy to read. An employer wants to be able to find the information they require easily, so remove any graphics or information not necessary.
- Tailor your CV to a specific job.
This is an important aspect, as the last thing you want is a CV relevant for retail being sent out for a job which may be relevant to your studies such as a trainee pharmacist, for example. So have several different CVs with the relevant work experience and skills for that industry.
- Two A4 pages
Make sure your CV is no longer than two A4 pages, anything longer than this and the employers will to tend to skip the rest. This ties in with the above points made. So instead of having all work experience for different industries, create several CVs to hand out. These A4 pages should also include your mini profile.
- Mini Profile and Personal Information
All the information you need is your name, contact details including address, phone number, email address and any professional social media accounts you make have i.e. Linkedin. Your mini profile, should be near the beginning, this is where you sell yourself, your unique attributes and any skills which you may have. Also enclose any ideas you may have had which helped within a previous job, or any targets you exceeded.
- Check, check and Check again
Lastly, make sure you check your CV for any spelling or grammatical errors. Make sure all the information is correct and honest. Then check again in the morning with a fresh mind, and to double check once more get a friend to proofread it.
Once you have completed these 5 steps you will be well on your to the next step of the job hunting process. Good Luck.