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Writing A CV Guidance Notes:

Your Curriculum Vitae {or resume} can be considered as the most important piece of information ever written about you!.

Unless you have been personally introduced to an employer he will rely on your CV to assess your skills, knowledge, achievements,and personal qualities when deciding whether or not to interview you.

We produce CV's to match your individual career requirements, or specific employment positions, and take into account the kind of company to whom you are applying.

Your Curricula Vitae will be composed by a skilled consultant with many years employment recruitment experience, using modern computer and printing facilities to derive optimal use of layout and presentation.

Extreme care is taken in the compilation and preparation of the CV as it will be required to deliver your complete career history, specific responsibilities, major achievements and a profile of your skills and abilities. A well presented CV is both concise and comprehensive and although perhaps not studied in detail on first  receipt will become essential when arriving at the interview stage.

Most potential employers are poor interviewers! and will use a good CV to extract specific questions relating to your previous employment. This can enhance the two way flow of information, in that the CV provides a specific point of information for discussion and so prevents any dry-up of conversation. You and the employer are then left with an impression of "that interview went well".

More importantly if the reader has a large number of applicants to read, a well designed and presented CV will make the right impression and leave him feeling he would like to hear more at an interview.

Your basic facts are best collected together on the Questionnaire provided which we will use on a completely confidential basis, enabling selection of appropriate details depending on your specific career and actual employment application requirements.

Section 1 - Personal Data:
Name:  address:  telephone no:  date of birth:  nationality:  marital status:  etc.
( Questionnaire will contain additional headings although not all may be applicable to you )

Section 2 - Employment History:
It is generally thought useful to list this backwards in time starting with the most recent first and working your way back towards your first employment position.

Unless relevant to a particular job those further in the past should merely be listed to list continuity. relevant jobs and especially recent ones should be expanded sufficiently to give the reader an idea of the dimensions and responsibilities of the job as well as achievements attained.

You should be as specific as possible describing it, not in vague general titles, but in terms of what you actually did, for example the number and type of people you supervised, the projects you handled, the annual budget, the type of equipment for which you were responsible, etc. Use the separate career achievements checklist to guide you in making up a list of major achievements as most CV's will have a section detailing achievements attained whilst you were within a given position of work. all these achievements should be confirmed by example, i.e. state the achievement and what you actually did to attain it.

Section 3 - Education & Professional Background:
The amount of this material you use in any particular application will vary but your basic 
CV should list secondary school and any higher education, full or part-time, together with subjects passed at examinations and awards obtained. Detail any professional training and other internal courses attended. You should also list memberships of professional bodies.

Section 4 - Leisure Activities:
List the principal ones and indicate  depth of interest and involvement, e.g. Local Church Hon. Treasurer or member of Sheffield Tennis Club, Team Player 1988 - 1993.
If you list numerous time consuming activities, the potential employer might suspect they encroach too much upon your work, but if you do not mention any he could conclude you have no other interests.

Section 5 - Foreign Languages:
Mention your proficiency in the written and spoken word, if you translate or conduct business in another language it is worth saying so for example French or German could prove to be useful (recent Euro-business links etc.). service work or employment abroad should always indicate a basic understanding of at least some part of a foreign language. This could be the edge in your selection rather than another candidate so it is always worthy of inclusion.

Section 6 - Profile of Skills and Abilities:
During your life you have developed a very wide range of skills and abilities re-enforced by knowledge. These not only arise from your career and employment experiences but also from out of work activities, sports and hobbies. until you are challenged by having to change your career you may be unaware of some of these talents. For example, if you are on the selection committee of a sports club you will have skills in selection, persuasion and most likely if you are reelected considerable diplomacy.

We will highlight these abilities in the most positive manner within your CV according to differing employment requirements. they can be classified for example as communication skills and interpersonal skills and can be derived from selling, negotiating, dealing with the public, liaison with clients, lecturing, organizing and administrating etc. analytical skills such as problem solving, report writing and your ability to initiate activities i.e. leadership and managerial skills are important in many careers.

This section will be compiled by CV services from details supplied in your questionnaire notes and career achievement checklist. Your individual profile will appear first and foremost in the CV if your experience allows .

Section 7 - References:
You will probably wish to vary the References according to the employment vacancy or organization to which you are applying.

Your references should, of course be asked for approval to quote their names and should be given information regarding the vacancy and perhaps a copy of your CV or application form. tell them why you are interested in this particular appointment. if you wish to maintain your reference details as confidential until the job application becomes more certain then a separate reference sheet could be the best option. {See reference options in questionnaire}. 

Please complete the questionnaire enclosed with these notes and return them to us in the addressed envelope. 


Achievements Check List:

During your life you will have attained a very wide range of achievements these not only arise from your career and employment experiences but also from out of work activities.

Your achievements can be derived from employment activities such as selling, negotiating, dealing with the public, liaising with clients, lecturing, organizing, administrating, analysing, problem solving, report writing, initiating activities, leading and managing etc.

We will highlight these achievements within the CV in the most positive light according to your own employment requirements.

See the following examples to assist you in reflecting on your own particular achievements. Use the Questionnaire to note down your own achievements within each of your employment positions, we will then represent these - for example:

   Sourced & Identified:
* Identified potential new markets for company products resulting in increased market penetration.

   Exceeded Sales Targets:
* Exceeded sales targets for the entire product range by over 300% within the last twelve months.

   Developed & Improved Systems:
* Developed and improved company system for handling product returns and all associated administration.

   Liaised  & Negotiated:
* Liaised and negotiated with local authority in order to approve the proposed safety improvements.

   Trained & Supervised:
* Effectively trained & supervised office personnel after the introduction of new computer and software systems.

   Designed & Implemented:
* Designed a computerised accounting system for head office then implemented this at local branch level.

   Improved Services:
* Improved office mailing system which reduced customer response time from two to only one day.

  Saved  Cost & Time:
* Saved over £1200 in raw material costs by introducing improved waste recycling procedures.

Remember these are examples only - you will find many other suitable categories from your own particular career, employment, and life experiences!