CV Writing Tips
A winning CV is one which compels the reader to want to learn more about you, preferably by inviting you for an interview. Yet we often neglect to spend the necessary time on our CV, which means we could miss out on potential career opportunities.
So, to help you communicate that you're brighter, sharper and more self-assured than any other candidate, we've put together a helpful CV writing guide to help set you apart from the pack and ensure you make it to interview.
Highlight that you're the right match for the job by outlining:
- Specific skills you have to offer the employer
- Experience you have in the specific field
- Appropriate personal qualities for the role
- An understanding of the job requirements
What's more, given the volume of CVs an employer will receive, your CV should be:
- Short enough to read quickly and ideally no more than two sides of A4
- Clearly laid out in a logical order, with sufficient spacing and clear section headings
- Appropriate personal qualities for the role
- Relevant for the vacancy, demonstrating that you can fulfil the job role and that you're the right kind of person
How to present your CV
Your CV is a reflection of yourself, so it's important that it's well laid out and looks professional.
- Choose a clear, professional font to ensure that your CV can be easily read (e.g. Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman)
- Avoid typing mistakes at all costs. A simple spell check is not enough: ask someone else to proof read your finished CV
- Organise your document into clear headings (work experience, education) so that these can easily be scanned
- Order your experience and education into reverse chronological order to highlight your most recent experience and achievements
In general, your CV should be clear enough for an recruiter to scan and understand it quickly.
Additionally, it should be easy to appraise your key skills and experience to determine whether you're appropriate for the role.
In order to achieve interview stage within the motor dealership, a well written, memorable CV showing relevant job details, transferable skills and any experience within the automotive industry is highly important.
The average time spent reading a CV is 2 minutes, therefore you have to make sure yours looks professional and is tailored to what the reader is looking for. Your CV must sell you!
- Use good quality A4 paper
- Lay it out clearly
- Tailor it to suit the position you are applying for
- Send an original, not a photocopy
- Ensure all relevant information is on the front page for easy identification
- Check for spelling mistakes and errors
- Use headings and bullet points
- Be honest and accurate
- Don’t leave any gaps between jobs or education
- Don’t give a reason for leaving, however be prepared for that question during your interview
- Preferably no more than 2-3 pages long
- Name in full
- Full postal address
- Contact numbers including mobile
- E-mail address
- Driving licence
Five to seven high impact statements that best describe you. Write them to reflect what the employer is looking for. These are your personal strengths, so make them positive.
Education, training and qualifications (this may be more relevant to perhaps a Technician rather than a Sales Executive, if not relevant to the position applied for, then place after career history).
- Start with highest level of education obtained and work back
- Name schools, colleges, universities, list dates attended and the results achieved, including grades
- List any relevant training courses
Start with the most recent or present job and end with the first. Highlight position. Show start and end dates, company name and town/city. Include a brief statement about your achievements and responsibilities for each job emphasising any achievements as they carry more impact. Avoid gaps between jobs. If you have taken a career break, say so.
Keep brief and factual. Use this as an opportunity to reflect your personality. Interests and hobbies can be positive. If you are sporty it suggests you are fit and healthy, Chairman of a society shows leadership qualities etc.
Follow these guidelines and your CV will be a finely tuned document.
Alternatively, if you contact the motorjobs4u team, we will write your professional CV for you and tailor it to the vacancy you are interested in, all free of charge.
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The word Curriculum Vitae literally translated means the story of your life. The words Curriculum Vitae are usually abbreviated to CV or C.V. and you will sometimes see it incorrectly written in lower case as c.v. or cv. The possessive form of Curriculum Vitae / CV should be written as Curriculum Vitae's or C.V.'s or CVs, but not as c.v.'s or cv's.
Your CV is a very important document; with it rest your hopes and dreams for the future - that next step up the career ladder, a better position, more money, new challenges, etc. Your CV therefore has to represent the best you have to offer if you do not want to miss out on that job you saw which was 'perfect' for you.
These days employers often receive a lot of CVs for each advertised position - jobs advertised in national papers can often attract hundreds of applicants. So your CV has to be just that little bit special to stand out if you want to obtain interviews. The good news (for you) is that most people do not know how to write a CV and only spend a short time preparing a CV. Writing a professional CV is a skill that many people have not learnt.