How to present your CV

April 6th, 2009

You will need a current copy of your CV when applying for a ASDA Job Vacancies.

A resume is a document detailing your past and present work positions and experiences, your educational achievements and a brief insight into your personal achievements and past-times.The heading should contain your name, address and contact information with the body broken into the following sections: career objective, profile/summary, professional experience, achievements, scholastics, and references. You should have a brief, one or two sentence, career objective that gives your prospective employers a look at your goals for your career.A precise CV or detailed profile of yourself should always be presented while on the job hunt.Your resume or CV does not need to contain personal information which is not directly related to the job vacancy, so details such as ethnicity, religious beliefs, marital status or sexuality need not be included.When detailing your assets to the job, only a brief summary is needed. A few well-written sentences are meant to gain the employer’s attention and encourage them to read your CV further and invite you to interview.

List your employment experience in chronological order, starting with your current job and work you way down to your first job. Details should include the person or company you worked for, the dates you worked from and to, your job title or position and a brief description of the work you did or do there.

You will find that it is very important to put your skills on your resume, paying attention to the experience you have that will show that you are the correct candidate for the job you are applying for. For this job you need to have college, graduate and post-graduate work and it will be good if you have professional certifications that will mean something in your work.Once your educational achievements have been detailed you can then move onto any personal achievements which perhaps show your motivation and commitment, or even further highlight skills which are also applicable to the job you are applying for. Following this you can add your reference’s details.

Your first step to getting that interview and hopefully that job is your CV. It is your first and possibly only chance of selling yourself and convincing potential employers that you are a worthy candidate for the job. Any errors in your CV could make you stand out for all the wrong reasons. Read through your CV several times and, if possible, get someone else to read through it for you. They may see things that your eyes haven’t.

Your CV should really be no more than two pages in length, getting the right balance between effectively summarising your experience and idly detailing irrelevant information for the sake of filling the page is very important. Keeping the summaries of your skills, employment and qualifications concise and consistent will help your CV look professional which will in turn reflect your abilities. Unprofessional CV’s may make you look less educated and inexperienced. In effect, the presentation of your CV needs to match the amount of experience you have detailed. As well as the length of your CV, look at any fonts or colours used. Is the use of these fonts and colours consistent throughout your CV. Small details like this can make all the difference.

Perhaps you are stuck in your current job or taking your first step onto the career ladder, whichever, your CV could be the one thing that gets you that interview and your dream job. Getting it right is very important. You will be able to find further guidance from books or in the internet. Take your time, include all relevant details and present yourself the way you deserve to be presented.

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