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									CV BASICS
MAKE YOUR CV A BRIEF, POSITIVE AND INTERESTING SNAPSHOT OF YOURSELF




STEP 1: WRITE YOUR CV

The purpose of your CV is to get yourself an                    Before you start writing:
interview. Your CV should show a potential                      »     Brainstorm information about all the
employer that you're the person they're looking                       experiences you’ve had and the skills you’ve
for and that they will benefit from hiring you.                       developed. Don’t forget things you do outside
If you haven’t written a CV before, use the                           of work. Give examples wherever you can.
following two pages as a guide.
                                                                »     Look at example CVs for ideas on layout,
                                                                      language and effective ways of marketing
                                                                      yourself.




STEP 2: PUT YOURSELF IN THE EMPLOYER'S PLACE

CVs can make dull reading, especially if someone                2.    When they read my CV fully, will they think …
has a lot of them to read. Your CV will make                          ‘this person has skills we need’?
more impact if you highlight the things the
                                                                »     employers are looking for someone who
employer is looking for and communicate an
                                                                      matches the job description
idea of the person you are, all in a clear and
interesting way.                                                »     adjust your CV to highlight things that fit the
                                                                      job you are applying for.
Three key questions to ask yourself:
                                                                3.    When they choose CVs to shortlist, will they
1.   When someone scans my CV quickly, will                           think ‘this person is worth meeting’?
     they think ‘this CV looks interesting’?                    »     employers are thinking about what you can
»    employers have to sort and reduce a pile of                      offer them
     CVs to shortlists of five or six people                    »     give people a sense of who you are and what
»    they will respond better to a clear, well-laid                   you do best.
     out CV than a long, disorganised one.




STEP 3: ASK OTHERS TO LOOK AT YOUR CV

You may think your CV is perfect but will others            »        Think about which people you can show your
agree? Your CV needs to appeal to several                            CV to.
different people. So, test it out.                          »        Ask them to tell you what appeals to them
                                                                     about your CV, and what doesn’t.




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Tips                                    Simple CV template with example content

Put your name and contact details       [Full Name]
clearly at the top.
                                        [Address]
»   You don't need this on every
    page. Put page numbers in the       h: [home phone number], m: [mobile phone number]
    footer.
                                        e: [email address]
»   Make all headings stand out.
                                             You could include optional information here, eg,driver licences,
    Use bold, size, colour, white
                                              languages, residency.
    space, etc, to do this.

A summary is optional. It is a          Summary
chance to show the employer how
well you fit the position.              I have three years’ experience in project management and planning,
                                        and a proven track record in internal and external relationship
»   Focus on the specific
                                        management.
    requirements of the job.

The aim of this section is to           Key Skills
capture the reader’s interest. If it
doesn’t, they won’t read any            Excellent skills in relationship management
further.
                                        »   Specialist skills in subcontractor and tender management.
»   People will interview you if
                                        »   Sole responsibility for important external relationships.
    they think you can do the job
                                        »   Good understanding of the importance of internal relationship
    and will fit in with their team.
                                            management in a project environment.
»   This is your 10 second
                                        [Key skill]
    opportunity to highlight the
    most relevant skills you offer      »   [example of how you have used this skill]
    to the job.                         »   [example of how you have used this skill]
»   Skills = what you can do            »   [example of how you have used this skill]


The aim of this section is to draw a    Employment Summary
bridge between what you have
done previously and what the            Quantity Surveyor                                   Jan 07 – current
employer is looking for.
                                        ABC Construction, Wellington
»   You want the employer to think
                                        I have worked on several high profile construction projects, including
    ‘this person could do the job
                                        the Barrymore Estate hotel complex and the Wellington Indoor Sports
    and I want them to do it’.
                                        stadium. I work in a team of quantity surveyors. My main
»   Concentrate on key tasks.
                                        responsibilities include:
    Highlight ways you helped the
    company do well.                    »   cost control and monitoring cashflow for the site

»   If this list is too long, include   »   purchasing materials and issuing purchase orders to staff
    only your most recent roles.        »   contracting and managing subcontractors for specialist work.




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Simple CV template with example content                                  Tips


Employment Summary continued                                             Ways of ordering this section
                                                                         include:
[Job title]                                             [date – date]
                                                                         »   date order, latest first
[Name of organisation], [Location]                                       »   by category, eg. customer
[Key responsibilities]                                                       service, most relevant first.

     Sometimes including a short overview of the company may give the
      reader a better understanding of the scope of the role.


Education Summary                                                        Which section goes first,
                                                                         Employment Summary or Education
Cadetship, ABC Construction                         Jan 04 – Dec 06      Summary? Think about which
                                                                         section is most relevant to the work
Successfully completed the cadetship programme. Awarded an ABC
                                                                         you are looking for.
Construction certificate of completion.
                                                                         »   If you haven’t finished a
[Name of qualification],[Training provider] [date – date]
                                                                             qualification you must say so.
[optional comment on achievement/progress]                                   For example, you might say 7
                                                                             papers completed, 3 to go.

Interests                                                                This section gives you the chance to
                                                                         talk about what you are like outside
     Another heading you could use for this section is ‘Personal’       of work.

»   School board of trustees member since 2009                           »   You can include interests and

»   Regularly scuba dive with other club members                             hobbies, also volunteer or
                                                                             community work.
»   Trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle
                                                                         »   You can write a paragraph or use
»   Volunteer food parcel packer at local food bank since 2006.
                                                                             bullet points.

Referees                                                                 Employers should tell you when they
                                                                         are going to contact your referees.
Referees supplied on request.                                            Often they will only want to contact
                                                                         them after they have met you.
OR…
                                                                         »   If you don’t include referees in
[Name]
                                                                             your CV, make sure you are able
[Who they are to you]                                                        to give this information to the
                                                                             employer when it is requested.
[Position], [Organisation], [Location]

[Phone numbers and email address]

[Name]

[Who they are to you]

[Position], [Organisation], [Location]

[Phone numbers and email address]




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