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CV Writing

Posted on 14 October 2008

What we are talking about here…
So you need to get a job as part of achieving your overall purpose, values, goals?
Great – then you will now have to do two big things:

  1. Plan a search campaign
  2. Write a CV
Why it is important…
To plan your search campaign you must first decide which types of organisations to apply to and which to avoid. This will ensure you do not waste time and have the best chance of getting in front of the right types of organisations for you.

To present yourself in the best light to potential employers, you must show them a clear and interesting “advertisement” for yourself – your CV.

What you need to know…
Your CV should be a simple, easy to read and interesting document – ideally a single page with further detailed information attached as necessary.

A typical CV contains the following information:

  • Your name, address, telephone/fax, email, etc.
  • A personal profile – about five lines that summarise you, your interests, desires and the strengths you bring. e.g. “X is a graduate in…..with a desire to develop his/her career in…. X brings significant strengths to….. through his/her knowledge/experience in…… X is a keen team player and leader and wishes to gain a role in …. in order to progress into …. in the future”.
  • Education – most recent first.
  • Experience – relevant job/other experience
  • Interests (hobbies) – people are interested in these!
  • References (if you feel they are relevant at this stage)

Remember – you must be able to talk convincingly on all of these things you have written on your CV interview (so don’t embarrass yourself by writing things you can’t talk about…!

Also remember to write a nice clear short covering letter:

Dear….

I am writing to explore career opportunities with ABC.
As you will see from my CV, I believe I can bring strong…. skills and some relevant experience gained in…. to this position. I am keen to use my strengths in …. and would welcome the opportunity to present myself in person at interview.

Yours sincerely (if Dear Mr Jones/Mrs Jones)
Yours faithfully (if Dear Sir/Madam)

The next steps…
What are you waiting for – time is money – let’s get going!

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