CV Writing Tips

When you're looking for a job, it's vital to have a good, up to date, CV (Curriculum Vitae) to help secure you a job interview. While there's no proven formula or perfect template to follow, there are some important CV dos and don'ts that will help you get ahead of your competitors.

What to include on your CV

The aim of your CV is to get noticed and employed. It should include everything relevant to help you get underway with your career and so here's a suggested CV template that we think is worth following:

"Say what you're good at. Give examples of where you've applied your skills."

  • Contact details: Include everything, from your phone number, to address, to email. Don't be afraid to include your website (if you have one), your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn account.
  • Personal statement: This is arguably the most important section of your CV. If an employer only has a minute to look at your CV, they'll read this so make sure it's hard-hitting and summarise who you are, what you've done, what you do and what you like.
  • Career history: With the most recent first, list all of you relevant work experience. Include the employer name, your job title, the dates you worked, and a brief overview of your duties.
  • Education background: Again, with the most recent first, list the name of the institution (university, college, or school), along with the subject(s), grades achieved and dates.
  • Your skill set: Say what you're good at. Give examples of where you've applied your skills.
  • Your interests: This is your chance to move away from work-talk and open up about your hobbies and past-times. It's great to have the employer get to know you before they've met you.
  • References: You might want to include a couple of these, however for space issues a simple 'References available upon request' will suffice.

How to layout your CV

There's no strict way to do this but try and use the above structure as your guide. Also, try to keep your CV short - maybe one or two A4 pages. The longer it is, the more off-putting it can be to read. Don't be afraid to get creative either and inject some colour. Remember: You want to get noticed.

Essential retail jobs skills

This is, by no means, exhaustive but below are some key, core skills that retail recruiters will look for in candidates:

  • Good communication and a willingness to talk to others
  • Persuasive with an ability to sell
  • Confident and approachable
  • Open to flexibility with work hours
  • Social and approachable

For more tips, visit CV-Library's Career Centre where you can learn how to write a CV as well as prepare for a job interview.

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