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Curriculum Vitae (Latin: the course of ones life) An outline of a persons educational and professional history What is the purpose of a CV? To inform the employer about your education, work experience, skills and interests To sell these qualities and to persuade the employer to invite you to interview
When an employer asks for a CV When an employer states apply to… without specifying the format When making speculative applications
It is not one size fits all, you need to tailor your CV to each position you apply for. Research the company. Do they have a mission statement or core values? What will they be looking for in you? Check the job description/person specification.
Personal details Education from GCSE level –institutions, qualifications & dates (most recent first) Relevant work experience Work history Other information (including your website if you have one) References
Name (as a heading rather than CV) Address Telephone number Email address Make sure this is a professional email address, not firstname.lastname@example.org
Start with the most recent Dont forget your current study Mention relevant modules You might like to mention top marks You dont have to put your grades on if you werent happy with them Include the years of study Primary school not needed
Education and Qualifications 2011 – PresentUniversity of Kent BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles (Predicted 2:1) Modules include: Fashion and Printed Textile Design, Creative and Technical Skills, Creative Design and Business Practice Dissertation: Should we applaud the influence of Zandra Rhodes on the fashion industry? Highlights include: Winner of the College Fashion Show Portfolio grade of 75% 2009 – 2011Maidstone Grammar School A-levels: Media Studies (A), Art (B), Information Technology (C) 2005 – 2009Wrotham School GCSEs: 8 GCSEs grade A-C including English and Mathematics
Dates, name of company, position, location. Dont just list your duties – sell your skills and provide evidence. Which skills are relevant to the position/company you are applying to? April 2010 – June 2011Sales AssistantMuseum of Kent Life, Maidstone Delivered excellent customer service as demonstrated by my mystery shop result of 91% and by receiving Sales Assistant of the Month award three times. Achieved a sales result of 5% above my target illustrating my advanced selling skills, as well as my determination to succeed.
What examples can you give from your work experience? If you have no paid work experience, give examples from voluntary work or from your course
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Choose interests and activities which can demonstrate skills relevant to the job such as: Team work Organising Commitment Your intellectual abilities Your personality Your artistic ability
Ideally, one academic and previous/current employer. Ask permission from your referee and let them know what position(s) youve applied for. Use relevant references if possible. You can say references available on request rather than including contact details if you wish.
I have good writen skills I loathe filling in application forms so much that Ill give you the information at the interview If called to interview, I would like to discuss the salary, pensions and sickness benefits
The first visual impression of your CV is important For standard CVs, use plain white A4 paper Do not double side Keep your CV to two sides of paper Check your spelling Use bullet points and bold font but in moderation
Formatting – make sure its consistent Size 10-12 font (depending on font style) Clear font e.g. Arial, Calibri 2:1, not Two One or 2,1 Use short, concise sentences
Be creative in design BUT ensure all relevant CV information is included See http://www.careers-creative- living.co.uk/cv_galleryhttp://www.careers-creative- living.co.uk/cv_gallery See http://www.mikeclegg.co.uk/http://www.mikeclegg.co.uk/ See the creative CV guide for ideas & suggestions Include a weblink to your portfolio In general, less is more!