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CV Factory

First steps:

cv.gifMake a list of everything you have ever done, work experience, school, clubs, volunteering, hobbies,interests and the dates you did them

What job are you applying for? Make a list of the skills they are looking for and the personality traits they want. (Do they want someone who works with people or someone who sticks to deadlines or anything else)

  • Writing your Personal Statement:

    • It should be 3 or 4 sentences long and comes at the beginning of your CV
      • One sentence on where you are now, are you job hunting or are you working part time?
      • One sentence about what kind of job you are looking for. Are you going into sales, construction or IT?
      • What is your motivation? Where do you want to end up? Be realistic about it!
    • It should give an idea about who you are as a person and what your motivations are
    • It should be written in full sentences
  • Top Tips For Making A Good CV

    1. No longer than 2 sides of A4
    2. It is a record of your skills, experiences and qualifications
    3. Tell the truth
    4. Show how to contact you (have you name, contact details and phone number)
    5. There should be no mistakes or typos (get as many people as you can to check it over)
    6. Don’t be modest. No one else will tell them what you can do. As a general rule you should be a little bit embarrassed when you show your CV to someone you know. You have to be your own biggest cheer leader.
    7. Try to avoid negative words like “not”, “although” and “despite”
    8. Get as many people as you can to help you read it through. At least two or three.
    9. It should show a bit of who you are. This comes in the personal statement at the begining.
  • Once you've written it

    clipboard.gifCheck it, check it and check it again... then get someone else to check it as well. 

    There should not be a single mistake in what you write or a typo.

    You can use this online spell checker in our progress tracker to make sure.

  • I have nothing to write down!

    You may feel as though you have nothing to write down, but you will be surprised. Here we have a list of things that you might have done at school or in your free time that can show a number of different skills!

    Things you did in School or College

    • Did you have to do any projects or hand in work on time? You are used to working to tight deadlines
    • Did you take part in any team projects where you had to work with other people? Or did you do any team sports? You have experience working with other people and taking part in a team where you had to work towards a goal.
    • Did you take part in any extra-curricular clubs or activities in your spare time? You are motivated to do something that you are not forced to do AND you are good at time management because you did this in addition to your studies
    • Did you do any work experience? If it is in the industry you want to go into it shows that you are passionate about that job because you have made the effort to find out more about it. If it was not in the same industry it has taught you about yourself and what you like / don’t like in a job. You may also have learned some other skills from your experience.
    • Have you ever done voluntary work? This shows dedication and time management again, and shows that you are hard working and not just motivated by money.
    • Things you do at home
    • Do you like listening to music or art? This shows you are creative, if you use any apps or software to do things with music and art then this means that you are able to use technology to follow your interests
    • Do you do exercise in your free time? As part of any clubs, societies or just on your own? This shows that you are dedicated and motivated
    • Do you ever cook in your home? This shows that you are creative and good at following instructions because you can read and follow a recipe
    • Do you contribute to online forums? You are good at communicating and solving other people’s problems
    • Do you leave things to the last minute? Then you’re deadline motivated!

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