Whether you’re new to the market or haven’t had to look for a job for a while, you may be feeling overwhelmed as you start your job search. In this blog, you’ll find useful advice and guidance to help you apply for your dream job.
Your CV is your first impression and what sells you to the employer. It’s important to spend some time getting it right.
Seven steps to writing your CV
Create a header with contact information
Include your name, phone number and email address. Have this at the top of your CV so the employer knows who you are and where to reach you.
Write a professional summary
This short bio introduces you to the employer. Here you should sum up your best qualifications and the qualities that make you a suitable candidate for the job.
Detail your education
Include your educational history in reverse chronological order, with your most recent qualification first. You should also include any qualifications you are still studying.
Provide your work experience
List the most recent job first. Include your position title, name of employer and employment dates. Below list 2-3 bullets explaining your job duties. It’s worth highlighting duties relevant to the job you are applying for.
List your relevant skills
List any skills relevant to the job you are applying for, such as a type of software or management skills. Include any skills that stand you out as a desirable candidate.
List your achievements
Detail any achievements relevant to the position you are applying for. It could be awards, experiences, accomplishments, volunteering.
Describe your personal interests (optional)
If you have hobbies or interests that may connect you to the role or hirer on a more personal level, you can briefly include these at the end of your CV.
Common mistakes to avoid on your CV ...
How to create a cover letter
A cover letter may feel a little daunting, especially if your skills aren’t in writing! However, it doesn’t need to be creative or fancy, follow the below formula to write a great cover letter.
Add your contact information to the header of the cover letter
Greet the hiring manager, ideally with their name if you know it
In the opening paragraph mention 2-3 of your top achievements to grab their attention
In the second paragraph explain why you are perfect for the job
In the third paragraph explain why you are a good fit for the company
Sign off formally, Yours Sincerely or Kind Regards work well