Posted October 31st 2015
Where to start when writing your CV….
Starting a CV or Application can be difficult especially when positions are highly competitive, and your CV or application is the first impression you give to a prospective recruiter, to impress and make a true representation of your abilities and personal worth. Ever approach requires a well-structured concise personal statement to distinguish you from the crowd. Career-Train advises clients to break down the opening statement into the two following steps.
Step 1 – Opening Paragraph. Then, Now and Future
This paragraph is usually titled Profile, Personal Statement, or Objective. This is your initial pitch and needs to provide your unique career summary in a few sentences that engages the recruiter and tempts them to read on. The best way of doing this is to incorporate your past skills and background, your current role an overview of your strengths and experience and finally your career aspirations. Remember to link your experiences to the requirements of the roles you are interested in.
Examples could be:
An accomplished civil servant specialising in Customer Service with a 5 year practical experience, highlight of my career was setting up a contact centre to centralise enquiries and streamline service. I am now looking to progress within the customer service industry, specifically developing into change management relating to CRM, service centralisation and information hubs.
A Building Maintenance Engineer with 15 year multi trade experience, within private and public sectors, a recent achievement in increasing profitability to an underperforming contract area, has led to wanting to progress in a role that encompasses a mix of contract management and active works.
Step 2 – Key Skills, Strengths & Attributes
Ok….. Now is your time to shine and really show your worth.
This tends to be the most difficult, I advise clients to speak to colleagues, managers and professional contacts to see what they perceive are your values and professional strengths.
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Once you have a better idea about your value and worth you will be able to evidence by example bulleting your career achievements how you personally have supported, improved business, services or productivity.
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Statements constructed for a CV should be bulleted under headings such as Key Skills/Career Strengths/ Current Achievements. However; personal statements for university applications should be short paragraphs highlighting your strengths, giving greater detail, showing a clear pathway to how you came to realise the course applying for was most suited.
Although there are many skills that are transferable and even generic, for any job it is important to link your CV to the qualities, skills and attributes that the specific roles you are looking for dictate and require. Do not be tempted to say the usual good communication, IT skills and time management. Think more about the roles and specific duties, evidencing by example.