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18 December, 2023
CV Writing Made Easy!

8 Tips on writing a Killer CV

(with a free template)

  1. Start at the beginning

DONT: Launch straight into a CV using a Template and AI to do it for you.

DO: Start some notes. Describe a typical day at work, you can think about these questions...

  • What are your duties?
  • What softwares do you use?
  • What have you achieved there?
  • Have you been promoted?
  • Do you manage a team?
  • How many?
  • Who do you report to?
  • Is it a regulated environment?
  • What difference have you made?

 

  1. Once you start you will be surprised at just how much you actually do!

Now do the same for your previous jobs (up to 3). If you have more than 4 jobs, don’t worry about this excercise for those ones. Your most recent are the priority.

 

  1. Get the dates right!

Listing your previous employment and getting the dates you started and left right is vital. There is nothing worse than listing your dates differently on your CV, Linked In Profile and Indeed Summary.

If you can’t remember months stick to the years but BE CONSISTENT for every job.

 

  1. Your Career History starts now

List your job roles starting at the latest job and working backwards in time.

E.g.

  • Asda - Office Manager - 2018-2023
  • Tesco - Team Supervisor - 2014-2018
  • Morrisons - Sales Assistant - 2004-2014

 

  1. Achievements matter the most

DONT: Write a list of every single job duty you have under each role.

DO: List 2-3 Key Achievements first then 4-6 Most important responsibilities

It could look something like this..

 

AFD Ltd - Sales Manager 2018-Present

Highlights

  • Won Sales Manager of the Year 2023
  • Increased Market Share by 23% in 2022
  • Secured 5 year contract worth £11m

Key Responsibilities

  • Achieve growth and hit sales targets by successfully managing a sales team of 10
  • Design and implement a strategic business plan that expands company’s customer base and ensure it’s strong presence

 

  1. Education, Education Education

It’s important to list any qualifications you have. Dates are not important but Institutions and Grades are.

 

  1. Software Abilities

In this day and age the software you can use is a valuable tool to show what you can do! Be specific!

Microsoft Office 365 - Word (Advanced) Excel (Intermediate) Outlook (Advanced) Sway (Basic) Visio (Intermediate) Powerpoint (Advanced)

Sage Payroll, Sageline 50, Xero, Kerridge, Quickbooks

 

  1. Who are you?

Your interests will tell them more about your personality (and if you have one!) It’s important to stand out here. Are you active? Do you have a podcast? Do you repair vehicles? Essentially, What makes you, you?

Your interests will tell them more about your personality (and if you have one!) It’s important to stand out here. Are you active? Do you have a podcast? Do you repair vehicles? Essentially, What makes you, you?

AI can’t tell an employer about you! When writing a profile you should consider:

  • Your key strengths
  • The environment you thrive in
  • What challenges you
  • What you need from a job and an employer
  • Why you are looking to move

 

Good Luck in your job search!

 

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