Preparing Your CV
Until your interview, you are only as good as your paperwork and
perhaps telephone manner. This makes your CV and covering letter
crucial. They are essentials in most job markets. Like any marketing
document a CV should help you sell yourself.
A small investment in your CV could substantially improve
your chances of getting more interviews and a better job. As a useful
checklist read through the following suggestions to assess how good
your present CV really is!
What should your CV include?
The First Page
This should contain your personal details name, address, home and
work telephone numbers, e-mail address, education and qualifications
and a brief general overview of your skills, experience and the
nature of work sought. Please include your geographical preferences,
availability and preferred locations.
Here you should highlight your employment history in the past 5
years. Present this in reverse chronological order (i.e. last job
first). If you have worked for only one company, break it down with
an entry for each position held or projects dealt with. For each
position held describe the responsibilities. Do include achievements,
not just tasks. If you can, quantify them in sales, financial or
List your hobbies and interests in no more than three lines if
they are relevant. Any voluntary, charity or external posts you
have held e.g. school governor are worth including. Avoid listing
anything too controversial.
It is recommended that two referees be given - including the referees'
official titles, addresses and telephone numbers.
Remember that you want your CV to be read and responded to.
Include just enough information to stimulate interest, but not
so much that you bore the reader.
Three pages maximum is preferred. Every word must contribute
to the overall message - so keep it brief and make sure that
the contents are relevant to the job you are looking for now
- not your last one.
Ensure your CV is well structured; this gives the impression
that you think logically and makes it easier to review. A CV
that is hard to read is often put aside and forgotten.
When writing the CV remember self opinion is best avoided.
Aim to include facts and evidence.
Always keep your CV up to date.
Pay close attention to reply instructions in advertisements
(e.g.: spelling of the contact's name)
Have someone check your spelling and grammar.
CVs are seldom used alone - they should always be introduced by
a letter. The letter should earn readership for the CV. A good letter
should be used to pick up points which modesty or space prevented
you putting in the CV (i.e. to highlight your key strengths relevant
to that job).
An introduction letter can save you from having to rewrite the
CV each time you want to target your application to a specific advertisement
For Beechwood's purposes it
would be useful if you could include your Geographical Preferences,
Salary Expectations and Companies Not To Approach.
Beechwood Recruitment Limited
221 High Street, London, W3 9BY
Tel: +44 (0)208 992 8647
Fax: +44 (0)208 992 5658
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