How to write a great CV

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:35

So you want to work in a ski resort do you? You want to spend your days working, riding the white stuff and hitting the bar? Well, in order to get winter season job you will need to have a banging CV.

Employers will receive a huge number of applicants for almost every role that they advertise, so you will need to ensure that your CV stands out from the rest. However, a lot of CVs stand out and are memorable because they are so very, very poor. So you don’t want to stand out in this way. No, you want to stand out as someone who is literate, personable and perfect for the job in question.

What to include...

Within the actual CV, you will want to include all of your relevant personal details. So, you will want to let them know your name (obviously), address, phone number, email address, and any other details that you wish to include.

Next up you will want to list your career history, however, if you have worked here, there and everywhere, you will want to only mention the most relevant jobs to the one you are applying for. Once you have listed your career history, you should then go on to list all of your qualifications and any relevant previous training courses you have attended.

Cookery courses, ski instructor courses, or any other courses that are suited to working a ski season, should always be included when you are writing your CV.

Although these are the only vitally important parts of your CV you can also mention any achievements you have reached (keep these relevant though, don’t mention the fact that you came third in your Year 9 Sports Day Hurdles Competition), your interests, and maybe your reasons for changing careers.

You should also look to include references, from at least two previous employers.

Tailor that bad boy!

Right, you need to remember what the role is that you are applying for. If you are looking for a job working in a restaurant in a ski resort, but you have been working as a mechanic for the last fifteen years, then your work experience at the student bar may be more relevant. So when choosing which past jobs you include in your CV, you will want to ensure that you only go for the ones that are relevant to the role you are applying for.

When a potential employer reads your CV they won’t be able to tell why you want the job and why you will be good for the role. This is why covering letters were invented. You should always attach a brief covering letter to your CV and in that letter you can basically big yourself up and explain why you want the job and why you would be so good at it. Try not to be too over the top though, you want to come across well suited for the role but also modest and not too arrogant.

Avoid looking like a moron.

For this section, I am going to simply provide you with a list of things to avoid, if you include any of these then you will look like a douche:

DON’T send it off littered with spelling mistakes.
DON’T include any text speak - you’re not 12.
DON’T fill it with exclamation marks - they don’t make you sound more exciting.
DON’T lie - It will only come back to haunt you.
DON’T attach a silly picture - My friend who runs a bar once received a CV and in the picture attached, the girl had a bag over her head... Let’s just say her CV went straight into the bin.
DON’T ramble on for 9 pages it is just self indulgent - you are not writing an autobiography.
DON’T include any errors to your contact information - you don’t want to get your phone number wrong and miss a load of important phone calls.
DON’T include a ridiculous email - if your email is the same one you have had since you were 16 then it might be worth changing it. is far more appropriate than if you get my drift?

For an example of a good CV, click here. Or, to register your CV, follow this link.

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