Need help writing your CV?
Don't know where to start?
Call into the Jobshop between 10am-4pm Tues-Fri and ask for a CV appointment or e-mail email@example.com
To receive advice on CVs for placement and Graduate opportunities contact Hull University Careers based in the Student Union 3rd Floor http://www2.hull.ac.uk/student/careers.aspx
There is a lot of competition for part-time jobs and employers will reject poorly prepared CVs – So spend time on getting your CV right. A CV is a personal marketing tool and when presented in a well-structured and clear way it will give the employer all the information that they need:
• Details of your Work Experience (that is paid/unpaid and part time and full time jobs)
• An indication of your educational achievements
• If you want to have a separate skills section you can or embed them into the first two sections.
• Your particular strengths at their best advantage in terms of your experience, skills, qualities and capabilities in the workplace
• As relative as possible to the job you are applying for
Above all your CV must have relevance to convince any employer they should offer you an interview – if it doesn’t sell you, it won’t get you interviews.
The golden rules for any CV are that it must:
• Explain what you did/ what were your responsibilities/ what you gained
• Offer evidence to support the statements you are making
• Convey you are a potential asset to an Employer
• Keep the CV to a maximum of two pages - Employers don’t have the time to read long CVs
• Send your CV with a covering letter – address it correctly and to the correct person and keep it to one side of A4. Make sure you don’t duplicate information that you have put into your CV
• Grammar and spelling should be correct
• Don’t use BLOCK Lettering/UPPER CASE LETTERS for whole words
• Use one font style throughout the CV don’t switch (e.g. from Arial to Times New Roman)
• Avoid putting your details in tables/columns it just takes up more space
• Use the correct tense when describing information
• Avoid acronyms or abbreviations
• Don’t use statements/phrases you can’t support
• Don’t have any unexplained gaps in your work experience and education explain any gaps.
• Don’t assume an Employer can detect any of your responsibilities/skills without clear evidence
• Explain clearly what your role was
• Don’t have a standard CV that you use for every job you apply for – It needs to be adapted (as much as you can) to make it as relevant as possible to the job description provided.
• If you are applying for a job where you have no previous experience you will need to emphasise your transferable skills