CV Builder

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The aim of the CV is to get you into the interview room:

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1 Personal Details

You need to supply your name, address and other contact details but what else you provide is up to you. For example, if you feel your age may count against you, leave it out. Family circumstances, if you fear being discriminated against because you have young children, don’t mention it. It is illegal for employers to discriminate on this basis anyway.


2 Personal Qualities

Include some of the things you listed under aptitudes, personal qualities and disposition when you did your personal stocktaking.


3 Training and Education

Whether you devote valuable space to your qualifications will depend on how exceptional they are and how relevant they are to the job. Include all relevant post-school/university education and training and any other courses which you took for fun e.g. conversational French would be very useful to a company that exports to France.

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Qualifications

e.g. A* GCSE Mathematics

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4 Work Experience

Generally, the rule is to start with your most recent employment history and work backwards and remember that employers want to know exactly what you did, not just what your job title was. Include:

  • All relevant experience – paid or voluntary. If you’ve had a lot of short-term jobs though, group them together rather than listing them separately, so you don’t emphasise the fact that you have moved around a lot

  • Any projects you initiated or new systems you have set up e.g. you may have thought up a new way of recording customer enquiries or a more efficient way or re-organising departmental work

  • Any ‘people’ successes you’ve enjoyed – e.g. instances when you calmed an angry customer; worked alongside a difficult team member, provided on the job training to another employee; pulled together as a team to meet a deadline/solve a problem

  • Quote appraisals where you have been part of a successful project or job which may be relevant to an application or, if you haven’t been appraised, cite situations where you earned your boss’/colleagues’ respect or admiration

  • Expand or condense details about different jobs – according to their relevance to this particular application


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5 Skills
  • List the relevant skills you can bring to the job e.g. keyboard skills; good speller; fluent German; clean driving licence; experienced at telephone selling
  • Use action words to describe your skills (from the Mum’s CV) e.g. I organised the annual office party; I diagnosed a problem in our customer service system


6 Hobbies / Interests

This section gives insights into the kind of person you are. Provide honest information. If you say you enjoy reading, you may be asked at interview about your favourite author and some of the work they have written. Bear in mind the impression your hobbies will make on a potential employer.


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