#11. CVs – They’re pretty important.Blogs
#11. CVs - They're pretty important.
It's true, CV's are pretty important. It's also true that there are thousands of pages all over the internet dedicated to CV's so we're going to keep this post to the point.
Be enthusiastic about yourself. If you aren't, why should an employer be?
Your CV will be one of the most important documents you own so always keep it up to date and use every ounce of your vocabulary. Why " like" science when you could be fascinatedby it? Why be " good" at teamwork when you could excel at it…… Things we suggest you include:
• Personal details. (Including name, address, postcode, telephone number & e-mail address)
• Education. (School name, dates attended)
• Qualifications. (Subject (GCSE, A Level), Grade, Year Achieved)
• Skills & personal qualities. (Don't copy everyone else. Really think hard about your qualities and be sure to show potential employers the best you)
• Employment history and experience. (If you don't have lots of experience don't worry, just put what you can)
• Any special skills. (Include things such as languages, your driving license and ICT skills you may have eg. Photoshop)
• Interests, hobbies and achievements.(Again, don't be bland make sure you really describe yourself)
Do'o s and Don't's: DO…
• Keep it clear and well presented. Use bullet points, underline or bold titles to different sections, be creative with it but make sure it is easy to read.
• Have one master CV. Make sure this one contains everything you can think of. However, each time you apply for a job adapt your CV to make it relevant to the role. This will involve adapting your personal profile, skills and interests sections to make sure they are drawing attention to your most relevant qualities. Have a look at the job specification and try to match the skills with those on your CV. Making sure that you're using industry terminology is key as well, where you can.
• Keep it concise. Never more than 2 pages long (except your master CV, which can be cut down to fit).
• Proof read your CV. Again and again and again and again. And again. Get anyone you can to check it. Mistakes impress no-one.
• Include results from exams you have failed unless it is mandatory or via UCAS.
• Lie! Keep it honest and play to your strengths.
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