CV Writing Tips That Will Help With Writing a Resume

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CV Writing Tips:

CV Writing Tips The Ultimate Guide to Writing a Resume Copyright © 2012 - FFRecruit.com

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Introduction If you’re in the hunt for a job, then there’s only one place you can begin to get yourself on the right tracks to gaining employment, and that’s through writing a resume. But what makes a good CV? You’re probably wondering. An eye catching template, that gets your message across fast. Writing a resume can be difficult for some people, so the following will give you the CV writing tips that you can use to update your CV, or else help you get started writing one up. http://www.FFRecruit.com

1) Start from the top and get yourself a Word CV Template:

1) Start from the top and get yourself a Word CV Template http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/results.aspx?qu=CV&ex=1&av=zwd You can browse the available templates to find one that catches your eye. A good idea is to use a template that gives you space to attach an image of yourself. Graphics are great for making your CV stand out from the crowd. http://www.FFRecruit.com

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http://www.FFRecruit.com If you’re shy, you may not want to go down that road, in which case, choose a CV template that gives you an outline that’s easily scannable . What’s meant by by making your CV scannable ? Having a CV that is structured in a way that if you were looking to find a specific part of the document, you can scan the left hand side of the page, for the relevant section you’re looking for . When your prospective employer is sifting through resumes, they will want to scan the document for the key points that’s relevant to their position . If you select a template that gives you a layout with the job history section first, then it’s going to be no good. That’s in the past and employers want to know about you fast. They have other applicants to review the resumes of as well . So if your CV template doesn’t catch their attention, you’ll find it being put to the bottom of the pile . Choose your layout carefully .

2) Get your personal details right at the top:

2) Get your personal details right at the top This is a mistake that happens a lot. People put their personal details such as their contact information in the footer of the CV. What will tend to happen is when employers scan your resume first, and like what they see, then your CV will be put into a shortlist. Shortlisted applications are normally contacted, either for a pre screening interview or to arrange an appointment. If your prospective employer, doesn’t see at a glance how to contact you, then you may find yourself out of the application process. Never give your prospective employer a reason to move onto the next candidate. Keep their attention with your CV and make it as easy as possible to for them to get in contact with you. http://www.FFRecruit.com

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http://www.FFRecruit.com The essential components you need are as follows : Full Name 1st line of your address Your Area Postal Code Land-line telephone number Mobile telephone number And your email address With the above information, employers have a number of ways to contact you.This way if they prefer email communication, that information is there, The telephone numbers are there, should they want to call up and get an idea of your telephone manner. Which isn’t unusual either . So when you’re on hunt for a job and your numbers are out there, be sure that you’re polite when you answer each of the calls . Always place this at the very top of the page.

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http://www.FFRecruit.com The other option you have is to use a CV writing template, that’s structured with 2 columns. This lets you place your contact at the left or right hand side of the page, and it’s easy to find straight away . Using a 2 column CV template, keeps it organised and structured, so that it’s easy to read.

3) Make your personal profile stick:

3) Make your personal profile stick If there’s one thing that’s going to turn an employer off of short listing you, it’s this mistake in your CV. Writing a personal profile along the lines of… I’m a keen and motivated individual, with an enthusiastic approach to my work http://www.FFRecruit.com

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http://www.FFRecruit.com You might find yourself tempted to along these lines. It’s natural. After all, when you’re unemployed and taking some short courses, this the typical thing you’re taught . For employers though, and us at FFRecruit.com , scanning CVs with typical wording, gets real tedious, super fast. There’s nothing really there that tells us what sets you apart from other applicants . When you’re writing a resume, a superb CV writing tip, is to tailor your personal profile to the job you’re applying for . What happens here is that you’ll be setting yourself leagues ahead of other applicants who don’t do that. You’ve probably made this mistake yourself, and that’s to write a CV, and use that same copy to submit to every job vacancy you’re applying for.

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http://www.FFRecruit.com There’s no personalization to the resume. When you take the time to alter your CV a little, and tweak, just that personal profile part, to match the position you’re applying for, it’s an instant connection with your prospective employer . As soon as they see that someone has took the time to tailor their approach, you’ve grabbed their attention . Employers sit up and take notice at this point . The message that they get is that you’ve took the time to research a bit about the company and you know that you have the skills to complete the tasks they need done . That’s because your personal profile, is right there at the top, beside or below your contact details . Always personalize your resume to individual employers.

4) Always attach CV Covering Letters to your application:

4) Always attach CV Covering Letters to your application As mentioned earlier, about the personal touch to your profile section, this next part puts an emphasis on that factor. The reason being that when a potential employer receives your resume, the first thing they’ll read is the CV covering letter. It’s a personal letter to them, letting them know your reasons for applying for the position, as well as emphasizing the skills you have to meet the job criteria. After they’re inspired by your communication on the covering note attached, they’ll then look to the attached CV. First thing, they’ll see is your full contact details, in case they want to jump right ahead and speak to you. Next on the layout, you should have your personal profile. Hitting the employer again with a personal note on why you’re the right candidate. http://www.FFRecruit.com

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http://www.FFRecruit.com As they scan down the page, they can see the job history, at a glance. This should always be your most recent first . Company name that you worked for, the length of service with the organisation and a brief paragraph of the tasks and skills required in that position . Those are the key points you should include in your covering letter as well. There’s one other covering letter piece of advice you need to know, so that you don’t make this mistake . It’s a BIG NO-NO to use Dear Sir/Madam.

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http://www.FFRecruit.com It takes away the personal touch . Same with “Dear HR Dept.” If you don’t have a contact name, then just open with “To whom it may concern ”. If you look at the attached image above on the right of an example covering letter layout, you’ll see that it reflects 2 areas for addresses . The top part is your personal contact details. Name, address, contact information. Directly below that, is the company details for the job you’re applying for. Try to get a contact name in that section.

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http://www.FFRecruit.com Rather than HR Dept. Telephone the company for a named contact to send your proposal into them . Most companies are fine with this. In the opening paragraph , you will state the reasons you feel your adequately qualified for the position, as well as your reasons for wishing to work for the company . At this stage it helps to a little digging on the business to get some brief history of the firm . That lets them know that you know their business and are keen to help them. If it’s a family run firm, and they’ve been trading for x amount of years, then praise them for that.

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http://www.FFRecruit.com Dear [name] I’d like to thank-you for your consideration for employment as a [Position Name], within your organization. After successful trading for [X amount of years], I’d be honoured to take up a position within your team, and help your business prosper in the future. Praise them for their previous hard work to get the business to the stage it’s at. After that, go onto sing your praises. You do have bragging rights here!

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http://www.FFRecruit.com Since working with [company name], for the past [X amount of years], I’ve learned various skills. Including being able to manage my own team effectively. Those skills are transferable, and I would love nothing more than to be able to transition into your organisation . Other key skills that I feel could benefit you are : Key Point 1 Key Point 2 Key Point 3 Those are just to name of the few of my finer qualities. I encourage you to take a look over my attached resume for more details about myself, my key attributions as well as my education to date . Respectfully Yours [Space for hand signature] [Type your name ] Enclosed: 3 Page 1

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http://www.FFRecruit.com As you can see from that example covering letter, it’s short, concise and to the point . The key points in bullet form, make the covering letter scannable too.  The paragraphs are short as well, so it makes for easy reading . The enclosures is referring to the amount of attachments you have. In the footer, have your pages numbered as well . That way when employers see that you have 3 enclosures, then they can see your application has pages 1, 2 and 3. The proposal is there in full. That helps because even if you don’t get the position, your application can be filed with the company and should anything else spring up.

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http://www.FFRecruit.com Guess who they’ll call? The previous applicants! So you still keep your foot in the door, so to speak.

5) Optimisation on Job Search Engines:

5) Optimisation on Job Search Engines This isn’t a must, however you can help prospective employers find you by optimising your CV for the relevant queries employers will look for. As you’ll can see from the sample CV on the right there, that the very top of the resume is focusing on the job that the person’s looking for. In this case a senior accountant. Switch it around to suit yourself. This is the kind of attachment to have available in your profile for each job search site you’re on. A simple and to the point 1 page doc that tells employers that you’re looking for whatever position, and then a career objective right below it. Obviously, don’t go replacing your full CV. http://www.FFRecruit.com

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http://www.FFRecruit.com Just have a brief one available in your profile section. It might surprise you the amount of calls you get for job offers, just from companies searching the job search sites CV database . Where you can, also add in tags to either your CV upload or your profile on the search sites. That helps their search service, show the relevant CVs to their clients query . Helping them find you faster as well . By using the most appropriate words that’s relevant to your career, you can strategically have your resume, show at the top of those results, provided you attach the relevant keywords to your profile and uploads . If you’re not using job search sites to find work, you can find a list of our top 10 picks of the best job search sites here . http://www.ffrecruit.com/index.php/top-10-list-of-the-uks-leading-job-search-sites/

6) Educational Details:

6) Educational Details These should be listed in chronological order, with your most recent first Start with your highest form of education. Be it college, graduation or GCSE. Get those from the most recent qualification you gained. That can even be an in-house health and safety course you went on. It shows that you keep your skills and qualifications updated. http://www.FFRecruit.com

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http://www.FFRecruit.com Chronological order from the most recent qualification you gained, and finish with the most basic of education you received . You may want to skip the primary education part, however by including that information, it can signify your local area knowledge, if you’ve always lived around your area . That’s great for small sized local companies, who are looking for people that can help their business with local staff, rather than drifting people in from elsewhere, who don’t have the connections that you could have.

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http://www.FFRecruit.com Use those CV writing tips above to help you write a resume and you’ll soon find yourself in a whole new league when it comes to applying for positions . You’ll be head and shoulders above other candidates, who aren’t taking these extra lengths. It is hard work and time consuming to add a personal touch to every job vacancy you apply for, although it will certainly take you out the job hunting phase a lot faster, compared to if you were to use the standard CV formatting with dull and boring writing . Keep your resume, short, concise, to the point and make it easy enough for a person reading it, just to scan down the page. The same with your covering letter.

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http://www.FFRecruit.com Once you’ve written your resume out and you’re happy with it, you can submit your CV to FFRecruit.com and we’ll get it added to our database to help you with your job hunting too . All the best and we look forward to helping you back into the workplace . The team @ FFRecruit.com

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