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					  The General Purpose CV Writing Guide, by thecareercafe.co.uk                                     Last Updated: 05/09/2008



Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for choosing the General Purpose CV Writing Guide from thecareercafe.co.uk. This guide consists of a
Model CV and Covering Letter and step by step annotations telling you how to prepare each section of your CV.
These annotations can be found in the comments boxes adjacent to the relevant section of the CV. This guide also
contains a selection of powerful sample/example phrases loaded with superlatives and action words.

This CV template itself is basically a model structure for a CV. You should work through the template section by
section, either replacing the fictional content with your own relevant information or simply adding your own original
content in the appropriate section. This will enable you to prepare your own high powered and professional CV with
covering letter.


On the next page you’ll find the template, an unbranded, two page Model CV and Covering Letter. A two page CV
is standard these days. Both a one page and three page CV can look lazy, e.g. you haven’t spent the necessary time
exploring and detailing your experience or alternately focussing in on the pertinent information. Today’s time
pressurized manager does not have time to read a three page CV and will zone out mid way through the second page.


In today’s world, potential employers will of course be looking to see that you have all the appropriate functional skills.
However, they will also want to see that you are a well rounded business executive and trustworthy ambassador of the
business.

We have therefore designed this CV template to not only reflect your functional prowess but to also to encourage you
to demonstrate the core business competencies that I have listed below. This is pretty much the standard set of
business competencies that are applied through most modern, knowledge intensive businesses.

Core Business Skills

   1: Teamwork
   2: Communication
   3: Client focus/Commercial awareness
   4: Problem solving
   5: History of achievement
   6: Leadership/Ownership
   7: Energy, Enthusiasm, Passion
   8: Adaptable
   9: I.T. Literacy (Given)

Thank you for choosing thecareercafe.co.uk; good luck with your career!

thecareercafe.co.uk

Oh, and just before you go to the template, if you look below, you’ll find a few technical tips on using the template.


Tips on using the template document
This CV template uses the ‘table’ function, which is necessary for the most efficient and effective page layout. When
editing the document, it certainly makes it easier if you ‘show grid lines’ which can be found under ‘Table’.
Remember, to turn ‘grid lines’ off after editing.
                                                    CV TEMPLATE
                                           [First name – Last name] BA

PERSONAL DETAILS

Address        12 Drury Lane, Bristol, SNXX 2XX                  Current Role              XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Phone          07XXX, XXXXXX                                      Target Role               XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
E-mail         firstname_lastname123@hotmail.com                       Notice                                  1 Month
Nationality    British                                                    Car                     Full, Clean License
Education      BA/BSc. XXXXX                                           Travel               Yes. National/International



PROFILE

A high achieving, commercially aware and client focussed executive with 8 years work experience as an [YOUR JOB
TITLE/JOB FAMILY]. Possesses excellent communication skills and is a highly accomplished presenter. Has excellent
networking and relationship building skills and is able to quickly build and maintain positive working relationships with
a client base and internal colleagues. Long term aim is to build on existing people management experience and
develop into a team leader and eventually a manager/director level role.


KEY SKILLS                                                   ACHIEVEMENTS

                                                            
                                                                        st
    Excellent communication skills                                [List 1 Achievement here - examples at end of doc ]
                                                            
                                                                         nd
    Accomplished presenter                                        [List 2 Achievement here - examples at end of doc ]
                                                            
                                                                         rd
    Commercial /Client focus                                      [List 3 Achievement here - examples at end of doc ]
                                                            
                                                                         th
    Highly effective boardroom performer                          [List 4 Achievement here - examples at end of doc ]


WORK EXPERIENCE


International Software Corporation, London                                                            July 2004-Present
World leader in financial and economic software applications

[YOUR JOBTITLE]

Responsibilities:
               st
   -  [List 1 responsibility]
               nd
   -  [List 2 responsibility]
               rd t
   -  [List 3 responsibility]
               th
   -  [List 4 responsibility]
               th
   -  [List 5 responsibility]
               th
   -  [List 6 responsibility]
               th
   -  [List 7 responsibility]

Achievements
              st
   -   [List 1 achievement]
              nd
   -   [List 2 achievement]
              rd
   -   [List 3 achievement]
              th
   -   [List 4 achievement]
              th
   -   [List 5 achievement]

Small to Medium Size Software Company, London                                                            July 2000-2004
Dynamic, rapidly growing web analytics company. IPO 2003.

[YOUR JOBTITLE] (Promotion)                                                                              Jul 02-Jun 04


Responsibilities:
               st
   -  [List 1 responsibility]
               nd
   -  [List 2 responsibility]
               rd t
   -  [List 3 responsibility]
               th
   -  [List 4 responsibility]
               th
   -  [List 5 responsibility]
Achievements:
              st
   -   [List 1 achievement – examples at end of doc]
              nd
   -   [List 2 achievement]


[YOUR JOBTITLE]                                                                                           Jul 00 -Jul 02

Responsibilities:
               st
   -  [List 1 responsibility - examples at end of doc]
               nd
   -  [List 2 responsibility]
               rd t
   -  [List 3 responsibility]

Achievements:
              st
   -   [List 1 achievement – examples at end of doc]



Small to Medium Size E-commerce Company, London                                                              1998-2000
Dynamic, rapidly growing web design, construction and marketing agency.


[YOUR JOBTITLE]

Responsibilities:
               st
   -  [List 1 responsibility]
               nd
   -  [List 2 responsibility]
               rd t
   -  [List 3 responsibility]
               th
   -  [List 4 responsibility]
               th
   -  [List 5 responsibility]

Achievements:
              st
   -   [List 1 achievement – examples at end of doc]
              nd
   -   [List 2 achievement]



PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT RECORD

2007                     [TRAINING COURSE 1]
                         [TRAINING COURSE 2]

2006                     [TRAINING COURSE 1]

2005                     [TRAINING COURSE 1]

2003                     [TRAINING COURSE 1]
                                                                                         [DEGREE + LEVEL]
1995-1998                [YOUR UNIVERSITY]
                                                                                         [A-LEVELS + GRADES]
1992-1995                SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
                                                                                         [GCSES + GRADES]
1990-1995                NAME OF SCHOOL, LOCATION


NOTABLE INTERESTS

[EXAMPLES OF NOTABLE INTERESTS: Enjoy adventure holidaying; have been snowboarding in Switzerland, reef
diving off the Azores, kayaking in Mexico, and on safari in Tanzania. Avid rock climber, regularly climb in Snowdonia.]

REFEREES

To be supplied on request
                                                      Covering Letter

[RECRUITER’S NAME]
[BLUE CHIP IT COMPANY]

[APPLICANT NAME]
[APPLICANT ADDRESS]
[APPLICANT E-MAIL]
[APPLICANT PHONE]

14/08/2011

Dear [RECRUITER’S FIRST NAME],

Ref: [VACANCY - NAME OF EMPLOYER - WHERE VACANCY WAS SEEN ADVERTISED]

After reviewing your business offering in detail, in particular, your positioning in the [XXXX SECTOR], which is an area I
am very interested in, I am keen to apply for your [JOB TITLE] role.

I am confident that I can excel in this role and I would like to take a few moments to explain why:

I am a high achieving, commercially aware and client focussed executive with 8 years [TYPE OF EXPERIENCE]
experience.

For the last four years, I have been an [YOUR JOB TITLE], and have achieved [MOST OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT].

I possess excellent communication skills and am an accomplished presenter; I have excellent networking and relationship
building skills and am able to quickly build and maintain positive working relationships with a client base and internal
colleagues.

My long term aim is to build on my existing people management experience and develop into a team leader and
eventually a manager/director level role.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Yours Sincerely

[APPLICANT NAME]

				
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