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10 Top Tips on writing a Great CV

Mar 26, 2020 | General| Students Career Progression

Dear students,

Welcome to the first ever DGHE careers blog!  Today I am going to coach you on Writing A Great CV!  So here are my TEN TOP TIPS …

 

Make your name stand out by using bold type.  You do not need to give your age or post a photograph. 

 

Each section should have a clear heading and only use one or two different fonts

 
Use the spell checker on your document.  Re-read your CV and ask someone else to read your CV.  Is it interesting?

 

The first paragraph which is often called your Career Profile is the most important as it is from here that the employer decides whether to read on or not.  Use this paragraph to introduce yourself and say why you are applying and what you are applying for.  For example:

“I am currently studying a BA in Business Management at David Game Higher Education Centre.  On graduation I am seeking a position as a Junior Administrator within the banking industry as I believe my experience within a number of public facing roles has given me a good insight into the communication skills necessary for dealing successfully with customers.  During my time as assistant manager at Domino Pizza I was responsible for staff training…    

 

The most straight forward CV to write is a Chronological CV.  This means that you start with your most recent employment and work backwards and do the same for your qualifications.

 

Don’t forget to include an entry on DGHE.  You should give the full title of your qualification and list any modules which you feel will interest an employer

 

Each job you apply for needs a tailored CV.  That means that your CV addresses the Job Description and Person Specification supplied by the employer.  You need to provide evidence to the employer that you have the right skills and qualities for the role.

 

Concentrate on showing the employer the skills that you have gained through previous work experience, paid or voluntary and your studying.  For example, every employer will know the duties that a waiter performs, instead concentrate on picking out the skills you have used.  For example, were you a team leader, a supervisor or a manager?  If so, what skills did you use and how?

 

You do not have to include referee details on the CV, but if you have the space simply write “References available upon request” 

 
Read and re-read your CV and use the spell checker!       

          

For more examples use the reference books in the college library and also see:  

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/example-cvs

 

I am able to look at your CVs for you.  Please email them to a.kinloch@dghe.ac.uk  

Best wishes,

Angela Kinloch,  Careers & Employability Consultant