Tips on how to apply for jobs (CV). Help please :-)

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Found 20th Jun 2009
Well, my hubby´s looking for a new job as he really needs to get out of the one where he works now.
I´m from germany and applying for jobs and the way CV´s are written are way different over there compared to what I have seen over here.
He´s had a few jobs but got them pretty much by just walking in and asking,
so he doesn´t really know anything about applying properly either. You´d think they teach that at school at some point?
Anyway....

Does anyone have tips on how to write a CV (what should be included, what left out etc etc) ?

Thanks very much in advance

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ok start with your details,
name
Date of birth
Address
contact details (tel, email)


Then your education (starting with the most recent ) highlighting all qualifications and what the qualification and where you studied for it.

The work experience again starting with the most recent job and outlining what your role consisted of ( keep it short and simple)

I then have a section for voluntary work

and then my personal skills. again kept simple.

Finish off with a couple of references.

Original Poster

We have all that, no voluntary work as he hasn´t done any.
What goes in personal skills? Just stuff you´re good at?

And tips on what the layout should be for the whole thing?

brettytopbanana;5544314

ok start with your details,name Date of birthAddresscontact details (tel, … ok start with your details,name Date of birthAddresscontact details (tel, email)Then your education (starting with the most recent ) highlighting all qualifications and what the qualification and where you studied for it.The work experience again starting with the most recent job and outlining what your role consisted of ( keep it short and simple)I then have a section for voluntary workand then my personal skills. again kept simple.Finish off with a couple of references.



+ 1

Keep to a maximum of 2 pages. Edit it so it's smart but simple. No fancy fonts - use something like Aerial.

TanyaSpace;5544372

We have all that, no voluntary work as he hasn´t done any.What goes in … We have all that, no voluntary work as he hasn´t done any.What goes in personal skills? Just stuff you´re good at?And tips on what the layout should be for the whole thing?



I second all you've already been told, plus, list all your employment with dates..

personal skills refers to comments such as " I supervised 12 other employees and enjoy team work" along with " I enjoy keeping fit by kick boxing and swimming. My main hobbies are astronomy, knitting and science fiction" Show how your hobbies and interests show personal skills such as intelligence, sensitivity to others and a good basic level of health.

References usually consist of your previous employers but you can include a character reference too if you wish xx

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one a 4 sized paper use the mnemonic KISS keep it simple stupid .. write too much and the person reading will get bored .. 2 pages far too much

thanks this helped me too

Don't need to state date of birth, ;-)

Keep to two pages, open with most recent job and highlight key professional achivements. Summarise last 3 jobs and have bullet points for any key achievements whilst in them also.

helped me as well
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