What do I mean by TOPICAL?
- T – Targeted at the specific vacancy, role or sector you are applying for
- O – Ordered and set out in a clear way
- P – Positive; demonstrate your achievements, your skills and your confidence
- I – Informative; gives relevant and reasonable detail
- C – Concise – usually no need for more than 2 A4 pages
- A – Accurate in content, spelling and grammar
- L – Logical; relates to what you want to do and what you are applying for.
There are no hard and fast rules however an ideal and simple format to follow is:
Personal Statement (optional)
Education and Training
Interests and Hobbies (optional)
Additional Information (optional)
- Contact Details – these MUST be clear and complete. Remember to include your full name, postal address, at least one phone number and an e-mail address. [It’s worth setting up an e-mail account to ensure that your address is suitable for potential employers to contact you – is not appropriate!]
- Personal Statement – A maximum of three sentences summing up who you are, what you can do and what you are looking for
- Skills section – this gives you the opportunity of summarising transferable, sector specific and perhaps alternative or voluntary skills. You might want to add an Achievement section here to summarise your accomplishments.
- Employment History – list your most recent job role and employer first. Ensure that the dates are included and relevant information about what you can do/what you did do are listed. Quantify the statements. Potential employers want to know what you can do for them.
- Education and Training – list in reverse chronological order all relevant training, qualifications and if appropriate; school exam results.
- Interests & Hobbies – depending on the role you are applying for depends on how much you want to include. Risk averse employers do not want to read that potential employees spend their recreational time participating in high risk activities. However intellectual, cultural activities are usually acceptable to mention – but be prepared to answer questions on them.
- Additional information – you may wish to include details of your right to work, ability to drive and anything else that might support your application favourably. You are not obliged to include your date of birth or your marital status.
Your CV is a sales pitch that tells a potential employer that your skills match their job criteria. It only has one purpose – to get you an interview. It has to be clear, concise, look good and sell your achievements. A trained eye will take around 20 seconds to scan your CV. You must make an immediate impact because a potential employer may not get past the first half page.
Reduce your whole life down to just 2 pages, and make it 100% better!
If you would like more information, please contact Lynn