How to Write a CV

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CV writing, CV advice, CV Writing guide...

CV writing is a skill. The CV that you submit to a role must impress whoever is reading it enough to invite you to an interview. There must be something about your CV that will enable this. Once at the interview stage it is down to you to show that you have the skills and attitude to perform the job role you are applying for.

In our Careers toolbox, we have a section on writing CVs. It stresses the importance of the CV in acting as a gateway to an interview. You could be perfect for a role but with a badly written CV never get the opportunity to sit in front of an employer and show what you can do!

Make sure that information is relevant and factual and can be backed up with evidence. Make sure that you are truthful whilst still selling the benefits of YOU. If you can provide relevant and up-to-date figures of performances in the role you are doing now. How many units are you currently selling as a Sales Executive, what are your service department CSI scores? What duties do you perform that may be outside of the generic job role? Have you taken on additional responsibilities in the hope of progressing your career?

If you are applying for a Sales Executive job you will be sending your CV to a Sales Manager who already understands the generic duties of a Sales Executive. It would be a lot more helpful to provide them with the information that they do not know as described above. Sales figures, additional duties, net penetrations, customer satisfaction scores to name but a few.

Go into the most detail about the role you are doing now. Whilst previous job history is necessary on a CV there is no need to write pages of dialogue about a job that you held many years ago. The most relevant information is how you are performing now. What you are doing now and the duties and responsibilities you have now are the most important.

The only time there may be an exception to this is if you are returning to an industry that you have left for a while. If you moved out of the motor trade a year ago and are now looking to return then make sure you go into detail about your current position but more relevantly, be detailed about the last role you held in the motor trade.

Be concise with CV writing. If an employer receives a ten page CV they are very unlikely to read it. You need to be able to sell yourself enough within a couple of pages to make the Client intrigued enough to invite you to an interview.