CV Advice Part 2

If you don’t know where to start in writing that killer CV, the following acts as a model / template. With handy hints about what to put in and what to keep out, it guides you towards creating the CV that represents you at your best.

Section 1: Contact Details.

Include your full name, home address, contact number and email address.

Section 2: Personal Statement

This is your opportunity to sell yourself, but keep it brief! Sum up who you are and the most relevant skills which make you right for the role in no more than 200 words. You will have plenty of opportunities to detail your achievements in the main body of the CV. Don’t forget to spell-check carefully and perhaps get a friend to proof-read.

Section 3: Work Experience

In this section you must give a detailed chronological account of the work you have carried out during your career to date, detailing your responsibilities and backing this up with practical experience. It is crucial to demonstrate your knowledge and we recommend that you highlight at least three key achievements for each of your previous posts and if you can back up your record with facts and figures, so much the better. As a general rule, CVs should be limited to two pages, but if you require more space to properly document your responsibilities, then take it.

For example:

[Company Name], [Job Title] [Location] [Date M/Y- Date M/Y]

Responsibilities:

Describe a particular project you have worked on and show clearly how you contributed to its success.

Demonstrate how you developed a programme or project from inception to execution.

Set out how well you worked with others to ensure the project was finished on time and on budget, highlighting your responsibilities.

Achievements:

Implemented [change] which resulted in [benefit] – add as many as you can to show off your skills.

Received an [award name] for [reason].

Section 4: Education

It is especially important when you’re just starting out in your career to emphasise your educational achievements and highlight your academic strengths early in your CV. Be clear with your grading, and emphasise any specific topics studied.

  • Degree:

[Subject] – [Grade]
[College/School Name]

[Date M/Y– Date M/Y]

A-levels:

  • [Subject] – [Grade]
  • [Subject] – [Grade]
  • [Subject] – [Grade]

[College/School Name]

[Date M/Y– Date M/Y]

GCSEs:

  • [Number] GCSEs, grades [range], including maths and English

Section 5: Interests

Be careful if you decide to include details of your hobbies. It is a chance to show of your character and personality, but it is still important to bear in mind how your interests might be relevant to the role you are trying to win. If your interests don’t relate and add to your attractiveness as an applicant, it may be better to leave out this section.

E.g.

I run a weekly [hobby] club and also act as treasurer, controlling subscriptions and banking.

Therefore I undertook a [course] in order to improve my [skill].

Section 6: References

References are available upon request.

"RAYNER PERSONNEL PLACED ME IN MY CURRENT ROLE AS HEAD OF NEW HOMES FOR MARSH & PARSONS. I FOUND THEM EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL AND ENTHUSIASTIC. I AM HUGELY APPRECIATIVE OF ALL THE ASSISTANCE AND GUIDANCE THEY GAVE ME. I WOULD USE RAYNER PERSONNEL AGAIN." SIOBHAN STUANTON - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS

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Sini Chandran MARLA Property Manager at Foxtons

Ian is the best recruiter I’ve ever come across. Throughout the entire process he was instinctive, helpful, prompt and kept me up to date at every stage. He encouraged me stay positive during the different stages of the recruitment process and I felt I could approach him with any query I had. He is truly passionate about his job and goes above and beyond any other recruiter I’ve dealt with!

SIMON WOOD
SIMON WOOD CANDIDATE

Having received countless calls from recruitment agencies that I could not wait to get off the phone to, I received a call from Rayner Personnel. As my CV was not up to date they offered me a role and when I mentioned my skill set he immediately offered me a role which matched for a very respectable company. Rayner Personnel were incredibly helpful and had the patience of a saint whilst going through the interview process and I was successful in my job application with the company. I cannot recommend Rayner Personnel enough!

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NEIL SIPPITT CANDIDATE

I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for the help you provided me on my job search. The communication was fantastic and after only speaking to you for the first time within the hour I had multiple job interviews that were relevant to my search criteria. I would happily recommended you Rayner Personnel to anyone within the industry.

SIMON WEBB
SIMON WEBB GROUP PRODUCTION MANAGER, GPEA LIMITED

There are two reasons I would recommend Rayner Personnel. The first is their customer service: as a candidate looking for work I was always able to speak to someone quickly and get answers when I needed them. Secondly, and most importantly, they understand their industry, clients and candidates: Rayner Personnel were able to put me in front of businesses that presented a challenge I would find engaging, and at the same time I would be of benefit to the employer. They thought outside of the box too to come up with ideas for where to place me that others wouldn't have thought of and couldn't have had the contacts to make happen. This is a professional, friendly service that delivers.

SIOBHAN STAUNTON
SIOBHAN STAUNTON ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS

Rayner Personnel placed me in my current role as Head of New Homes for Marsh & Parsons. I found them extremely professional and enthusiastic. I am hugely appreciative of all the assistance and guidance they gave me. I would use Rayner Personnel again.

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