- Stand out – Make sure you include examples of commercial success, problem resolution or management achievements as well as any skills or experience you may have that are relevant to the role.
- Check and check again – Avoid errors at all costs. This means spelling mistakes, dates which conflict with one another and incorrect email address and phone number
- Understand the job description – The clues are in the job application, so read the details from start to finish. Take notes and create bullet points, highlighting everything you can satisfy and all the bits you can’t. With the areas where you’re lacking, fill in the blanks by adapting the skills you do have.
- Making the most of skills – Under the skills section of your CV don’t forget to mention key skills that can help you to stand out from the crowd. These could include: communication skills; computer skills; team working; problem solving or even speaking a foreign language. Skills can come out of the most unlikely places, so really think about what you’ve done to grow your own skills, even if you take examples from being in a local sports team or joining a voluntary group – it’s all relevant.
- Making the most of interests – under interests, highlight the things that show off skills you’ve gained and employers look for. Describe any examples of positions of responsibility, working in a team or anything that shows you can use your own initiative.
- Including references – references should be from someone who has employed you in the past and can vouch for your skills and experience. If you’ve never worked before, you’re OK to use a teacher or tutor as a referee.
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