It’s been nearly twelve months since I have changed career and as I’m coming up to my one year anniversary of working with a fab team in a great company, it has got me thinking about how change has done me a world of good. I’m still in a bit of shock with just how much has changed in the last year and a half and it really does resonate with me that things are sent to try us. I’m trying to keep on top of things a little more these days, and this includes a bit of life admin. After searching for a new job, it made me realise that keeping my CV updated was one of those jobs that takes a few moments to do but makes such a difference when it comes to saving time. After all, who wants to write a ten year CV at the drop of a hat? I’ve put together my top tips when writing a CV, ready for any moments notice when looking for work.
I have two current CVs; one solely for my past work experience in travel and customer service, the other includes my skills that I have developed since the launch of Anoushka Loves, which if you are a blogger you will know that covers a lot of ground. I prefer my CVs to be relevant to the job that I am applying for, and there would be no point in sending a CV that goes into my WordPress analytics and SEO skills to work in an unrelated customer service role. Whilst this isn’t something that most people would need to do, I do think that it shows a level of commitment to future employers that you have been able to keep it specific to a relevant job sector.
If you are unsure of how to write a CV, you can use a template to plan it out. This not only helps create a nice flow to display your skills, it also makes it easier to read and you can see where you need to add more information. My CV shows the company that I have worked for, the dates and a bullet pointed list of key skills that I utilised within the role. If it is a more technical job that you are applying for, you can add programs and software that you have used or any other important characteristic of your career history.
As a blogger, one of the biggest tips that I can recommend is proof reading. I do often fall foul of this, especially when I’ve over read articles, but there is nothing worse than seeing an article littered with spelling mistakes, poor grammar and badly constructed sentences. If you are unsure, ask a friend to check it over or use an online spelling and grammar programme, such as Grammarly to check this for you. Check your dates of employment do not overlap, and that your contact details are correct.
As mentioned before, I wish I had kept my CV updated. It’s very hard to briefly describe your past job roles, skill and to try and sell yourself when you are covering several years. Should you be a freelancer or change jobs often, it only takes a small period of time to list your key points and save it into your CV going forward.
The hardest part of a CV is making yourself stand out. As a writer, I find it very difficult to stifle my personality when it comes to constructing pieces of work, but a CV is not the place to show this. Save that for the interview. In your CV, you should be positive in the language that you choose. Be specific and relevant to the job role. Provide evidence of previous roles and sell your skill set. Research the new job role and look into the requirements that they are looking for. Make note of their company cultures and mission statements and utilise this to your advantage.
I do hope that these tips help you when it comes to writing you CV to find jobs in Manchester or around the area that you live. Do you have any top tips for CV writing and nailing the job application process?
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