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    Curriculum Vitae Help

    Need to put a CV together ASAP, and never done one so really struggling, any one know any good websites that will help me.
    Also any tips would be really appreciated. x.

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    I did my first proper one the other week. I just did it in Microsoft Word with tables.

    I can email you a copy of mine (with some details removed obviously) if you want. PM me with your email if you want...

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    emhaslam

    I did my first proper one the other week. I just did it in Microsoft Word … I did my first proper one the other week. I just did it in Microsoft Word with tables.I can email you a copy of mine (with some details removed obviously) if you want. PM me with your email if you want...


    Oh that is so kind, thank you.

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    Speaking from someone who gets about 2-3 a week, keep it short!
    Use graphics (if you can) and do something different!

    Ideally, if you can afford it, put it on a USB stick.

    In this day and age, paper CV's of how great you are and that you like socialising and eating out with friends simply doesn't cut it.

    Do something different.

    could you help me with this aswell please, could I see it :)?

    emhaslam

    I did my first proper one the other week. I just did it in Microsoft Word … I did my first proper one the other week. I just did it in Microsoft Word with tables.I can email you a copy of mine (with some details removed obviously) if you want. PM me with your email if you want...

    moejoejoejoex

    could you help me with this aswell please, could I see it :)?



    Sure. PM me your email address.

    whatsThePoint

    If its your first one, how do you know if its any good?



    My Dad has dealt with many CVs, and when I emailed it to him he thought it was pretty good. Obviously as a student it's not going to be as full as some people, but I'd like to think it's a pretty good template.

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    JonnyTwoToes

    Speaking from someone who gets about 2-3 a week, keep it short!Use … Speaking from someone who gets about 2-3 a week, keep it short!Use graphics (if you can) and do something different!Ideally, if you can afford it, put it on a USB stick.In this day and age, paper CV's of how great you are and that you like socialising and eating out with friends simply doesn't cut it.Do something different.

    Thanks for your help, what should i do to make it stand out and make it different?

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    ukmonkey

    Thanks for your help, what should i do to make it stand out and make it … Thanks for your help, what should i do to make it stand out and make it different?



    Like I say, do something different.
    USB sticks are the best way forward. Preloaded data (that can't be deleted) that goes to a wesbite you've spent time and energy to do will get you above all those who simply send in ink jet printed CVs.

    What type of job are you going for?

    Go to your local careers centre, they often have CV workshops. Also if you are going through a agency for a job they will help give you advice.

    JonnyTwoToes

    Like I say, do something different.USB sticks are the best way forward. … Like I say, do something different.USB sticks are the best way forward. Preloaded data (that can't be deleted) that goes to a wesbite you've spent time and energy to do will get you above all those who simply send in ink jet printed CVs.What type of job are you going for?



    Could that not work against you sometimes? For example if an employer has a pile of paper CV's in front of them and one on a usb stick they may feel as if its a hassle to look at? Perhaps not even bother! Never been in a position to look at CV's myself so I cant say! lol

    Also graphics are a bad idea unless the job you are applying for is a graphic designer or something like that.
    Edited by: "dh058977" 29th Jan 2011

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    dh058977

    Could that not work against you sometimes? For example if an employer has … Could that not work against you sometimes? For example if an employer has a pile of paper CV's in front of them and one on a usb stick they may feel as if its a hassle to look at? Perhaps not even bother! Never been in a position to look at CV's myself so I cant say! lol



    Well, you're wrong.

    If it's difficult to look at or read it won't be read. If it's longer than 2 A4 sides of paper I know a lot of my colleagues instantly throw it away. What we all look for is someone to be able to list their strengths succinctly without waffle. Also don't do your whole job history if it's goes back beyond 10 years unless highly relevant to job. Don't do anything fancy like graphics (noone likes a smart Alec) unless it's a job based around creativity.

    Include hobbies that show you are functional at social activity (clubs, teams sports, even pub quizzes) as these show you are a team player without you shoving it down their throat at an interview.

    If you have had any additional responsibility given to you, list it and how it came about.

    Most importantly spell check!! Anything obvious looks like you have been lazy.

    I don't know what industry you work in JTT but outside of a creative one I would avoid anything like USB sticks, graphics etc. I had a guy do a PowerPoint with sounds and everything...... Funny as.

    Different strokes for different folks. Just do what you feel comfortable with. It's good to make yourself stand out but unless you are going for graduate placements, keep it simple and most importantly professional.

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    gbspurs

    I don't know what industry you work in JTT but outside of a creative one … I don't know what industry you work in JTT but outside of a creative one I would avoid anything like USB sticks, graphics etc. I had a guy do a PowerPoint with sounds and everything...... Funny as. Different strokes for different folks. Just do what you feel comfortable with. It's good to make yourself stand out but unless you are going for graduate placements, keep it simple and most importantly professional.



    Fair point.
    I am only talking from a creative perspective OP.

    Ive had 1000's of CV's sent to me over the years, yes keep it simple , collage info , course completed, grades,job description , your role in that area, dont forget your name, address, DOB,phone number, email address, and if you have a drivers licence, you'd be surprised at how many people forget to put the basics on them.
    I've got to be honest if someone sent me a usb stick i wouldnt look at it, pure and simple it could have viruses on it and if you work in IT or with computers thats the last thing any employer needs.

    JonnyTwoToes

    Well, you're wrong.



    No im not.

    When I used to review our graduate recruitment there was no chance I would have checked hundreds of USB sticks!

    When I

    vinylandtrinkets

    Ive had 1000's of CV's sent to me over the years, yes keep it simple , … Ive had 1000's of CV's sent to me over the years, yes keep it simple , collage info , course completed, grades,job description , your role in that area, dont forget your name, address, DOB,phone number, email address, and if you have a drivers licence, you'd be surprised at how many people forget to put the basics on them.I've got to be honest if someone sent me a usb stick i wouldnt look at it, pure and simple it could have viruses on it and if you work in IT or with computers thats the last thing any employer needs.


    When I left the army (they put you on courses for CV writing and civilian reintegration) I was always told you don't need to include your DOB and as such I have never done that. Sent 2 CV's since I left the Army got both jobs.
    Also got told not to include stuff such as marital status and children, although from what I've seen elsewhere some people disagree.
    I'm not looking to move on from what I do now (maybe go self employed sometime) but I still have 2 different CV's each highlighting different skills.

    Paddy_o_furniture

    When I When I left the army (they put you on courses for CV writing and … When I When I left the army (they put you on courses for CV writing and civilian reintegration) I was always told you don't need to include your DOB and as such I have never done that. Sent 2 CV's since I left the Army got both jobs. Also got told not to include stuff such as marital status and children, although from what I've seen elsewhere some people disagree.I'm not looking to move on from what I do now (maybe go self employed sometime) but I still have 2 different CV's each highlighting different skills.



    Ive always put put them on my cv's, and i always look for them on other peoples cv's. I worked in hotels so it was a must to look for, if someone was married with children would they be able to work shifts, if they are under 21 are they in uni again because of the shift patterns and the working time reg's , I never not interviewed anyone because of it but I knew i had to mention the odd shifts some departments had to work, I'd say 99% of people i interviewed had no problem with shifts. I did have the odd few who would walk out mid interview when shifts were mentioned.

    gbspurs

    If it's difficult to look at or read it won't be read. If it's longer … If it's difficult to look at or read it won't be read. If it's longer than 2 A4 sides of paper ...Include hobbies that show you are functional at social activity (clubs, teams sports, even pub quizzes) as these show you are a team player without you shoving it down their throat at an interview.Most importantly spell check!! Anything obvious looks like you have been lazy.



    All this is good advice^

    Especially the spell check, we just advertised a job at work and one of the applicants had done bullet points listing their strengths including 'Exceptional eye for detail' ... shame he didn't notice the typo in the first line of his CV!

    could someone explain to me what a " scanable" cv is? i thought it ment quick to read but my brother told me in the states it means they put it on a scanner and a computer tells them the key points???

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    dh058977

    No im not.



    Yes you are. How many CVs have you had to go through in the past year?

    JonnyTwoToes

    Yes you are. How many CVs have you had to go through in the past year?



    I fully appreciate that in your line of work showing creativity may be important and usb sticks is perhaps one way of showing that but it doesnt apply everywhere. Having spoke to my parents (who are self employed) they said they wouldn't even bother looking at the usb stick.

    How many CV's ive looked at is irrelevant, I have plenty of family members to call upon who look at 100's of CV's per year. Plus however boring I may have found it, one of my 1st year modules concentrated on CV development which obviously includes the do's and dont's.

    Neither of us is wrong in this case.

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    Leave out the "interests and hobbies" bit. Fair enough if it's on an application form but don't waste the space on a good concise CV.

    Go to Monster.co.uk or any similar sites and they all have sample CV's, use google to see sample CV's from the sector you were or are working in. I would not go down the USB route, when you have hundreds of CV's in front of you, the last thing I want is to plug a USB (which could contain viruses) and waste my time printing it and also you will be wasting a lot of money buying USB sticks and sending them to a lot of companies. Also one CV is never enough, unless you are determined to stick to that one sector you work.

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    dh058977

    I fully appreciate that in your line of work showing creativity may be … I fully appreciate that in your line of work showing creativity may be important and usb sticks is perhaps one way of showing that but it doesnt apply everywhere. Having spoke to my parents (who are self employed) they said they wouldn't even bother looking at the usb stick.How many CV's ive looked at is irrelevant, I have plenty of family members to call upon who look at 100's of CV's per year. Plus however boring I may have found it, one of my 1st year modules concentrated on CV development which obviously includes the do's and dont's.Neither of us is wrong in this case.



    Apart from you.

    Edited by: "hdizzle" 29th Jan 2011

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    Laffy42

    All this is good advice^Especially the spell check, we just advertised a … All this is good advice^Especially the spell check, we just advertised a job at work and one of the applicants had done bullet points listing their strengths including 'Exceptional eye for detail' ... shame he didn't notice the typo in the first line of his CV!



    Apologies for being extremely dense, but what typo? Should it have been phrased differently or more formerly?

    Adnan786

    Apologies for being extremely dense, but what typo? Should it have been … Apologies for being extremely dense, but what typo? Should it have been phrased differently or more formerly?



    The poster hasnt included the typo in their post! Its just funny that in a document where someone claims to have an eye for detail they make a mistake.

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    dh058977

    The poster hasnt included the typo in their post! Its just funny that in … The poster hasnt included the typo in their post! Its just funny that in a document where someone claims to have an eye for detail they make a mistake.



    Ah, i get it now. I thought the poster meant that he made a typo within what he said about having an eye for detail, which obviously would be very ironic and funny. The only thing is that it made me think 'thats how i spell 'exceptional' aswell, so couldnt find it amusing. Thanks for clearing that up, i can go sleep tonight wihout feeling shame lol.

    Adnan786

    Apologies for being extremely dense, but what typo? Should it have been … Apologies for being extremely dense, but what typo? Should it have been phrased differently or more formerly?


    Adnan786

    Ah, i get it now. I thought the poster meant that he made a typo within … Ah, i get it now. I thought the poster meant that he made a typo within what he said about having an eye for detail, which obviously would be very ironic and funny. The only thing is that it made me think 'thats how i spell 'exceptional' aswell, so couldnt find it amusing. Thanks for clearing that up, i can go sleep tonight wihout feeling shame lol.



    Sorry did not include typo as well, he did manage to spell 'exceptional' correctly - he had emailed the cv as well so when we looked at it the typo was underlined in red... he didn't get invited to interview!

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    Thanks everyone for the help..
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