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CV Writing Tips

CV writing tips

With hardly any experience, how do you write a CV that will help you get through to the interview stage?

Here are some CV writing tips to help you get it right.

Even if you’ve never had a job there are lots of ways to show that you’ve got the skills that employers want.

There are certain set of skills that all employers look for in workers. These include: communication, problem solving, team working, organisation, numeracy and literacy skills.

It’s no good just listing these skills and hoping that this is enough to get you the job though. Your future employer will want to see some evidence of these skills. So, how do you show them that you have these if you’ve never been employed?

Four skills that employers want to see

COMMUNICATION

This is about your ability to talk to and also understand other people. They might be clients, team members or bosses. You have probably written essays or projects, given presentations or perhaps been on the debate team, so draw on this.

PROBLEM-SOLVING

No manager wants an employee who just sits there, doing nothing when they are faced with a problem or difficulty. No one will be expecting you to know everything and part of problem-solving is about knowing when to ask for help.

TEAM WORK

There aren’t many people who work totally alone. It’s important to be able to work well with other people, which will involve communicating with them, recognising your role in the team and working towards a common goal. If you have done any kind of group work at school, then you should have some evidence of this.

ORGANISATION

You can evidence organisational skills by giving an example of an event or trip that you have planned, having managed your workload (completing a project or studying for several different A-levels would be good examples).

Top tip for modern CV writing success

Recruitment agencies and large companies tend to use scanning software to filter CVs. The software will scan your CV for certain words (keywords) and reject any that don’t fit the bill. This means that it’s important to make your CV fit the job that you are applying for – one CV will not work for all!

You need to go through the job description and the skills that the advertisement provides and you need to make sure that your CV uses the same language (keywords) as the advert.

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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