It is very important to have a modern and up to date CV. Your CV is your shop front and together with your LinkedIn Profile should showcase your experience and knowledge. Always makes sure that your CV is relevant to the job that you are applying for. If you are not sure how to write your CV there are a number of good websites that you can review which will guide you.
Ten Top Tips for writing your CV
- Embrace your Career Break – and state it clearly in your CV.
- Never cover up a career break it can cause confusion to the reader. Remember this is not a ‘gap’ in employment but a temporary change in direction whilst you cared for your family
- Don’t have a one size fits all CV match your CV to the job in hand.
- State any voluntary work alongside any of your professional work or experience; this can include being on the PTA, a school governor, secretary of a local club or society, as well as other more general volunteering.
- Always include any business activities that you have undertaken during your career break, this can demonstrate your business and entrepreneurial skills.
- Make sure that your LinkedIn Profile is up to date, if you don’t have one create one. Include your current and previous experience. Use LinkedIn to reconnect to old colleagues, let them know you are looking for a role, this is a great way to ‘reach out’ for a job.
- Write your CV as a ‘Functional’ CV – that is your skills and achievements rather than a chronological CV.
- Be punchy. Make sure that your personal profile is really strong and is no longer than 50 words. This is where you ‘sell’ your skills and experience that would make you a great hire for the prospective employer. Demonstrate the value that your experience would bring to the role.
- Emphasise your achievements and contributions to the business. It’s not what you did but how you did it that counts. Highlight the achievements that relate to the role.
- Try not to have a CV that is longer than two pages. Include your name, email address and mobile number in the footer of each page. Avoid jokey email addresses, use a professional one.