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How to write an amazing CV/resume (with template!) ๐Ÿ“œ

How to write an amazing CV/resume


How to write an amazing CV/resume (with template!)

Introduction ๐Ÿ‘‹

When it comes to writing CVs/resumes, you’ve got about 30 seconds to make an impression.โŒš

How do you make those 30 seconds count? โŒ›

Today we’re going to teach you how to create an amazing CV/resume to help boost your career. ๐Ÿš€

What is a CV (Curriculum Vitae)? ๐Ÿ“œ

Sections to include ๐Ÿ“โœจ

The first step to writing an amazing CV, is to know what to include. โœ…

Here are the main sections for a CV/resume:

  1. Contact Details ๐Ÿ“ฑ
  2. Personal Profile ๐Ÿ‘‹
  3. Knowledge and Skills ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ
  4. Employment ๐Ÿ’ผ
  5. Education and Qualifications ๐ŸŽ“
  6. Achievements ๐Ÿ†
  7. Interests (optional)๐ŸŽจ

1. Contact Details ๐Ÿ“ฑ

Make sure to include:

  • Your full name ๐Ÿ‘‹
  • Address ๐Ÿก
  • Email address โœ‰๏ธ
  • Phone number ๐Ÿ“ฑ

For example:

Laura Abraham

11 Example Road, Cardiff CF10 XYZ

077 0090 0077

laura.abraham@email.com

Other than these details, there’s not much more you could add unless you want to include some links to your professional profiles ๐Ÿ”—๐Ÿ‘”

Tips! ๐Ÿ“

  • Use a sensible email address with your name in it! e.g. hot-dogs-are-great@gmail.com wouldn’t be taken seriously! ๐ŸŒญ โœ‰๏ธโœ…

2. Personal Profile ๐Ÿ‘‹

This should be a brief summary of who you are/your best qualities and what youโ€™re looking for! ๐Ÿ‘‹

This might be the only section the person hiring reads – so it’s important to make it as appealing as you can! ๐Ÿฐ

For example:

Personal Profile

A reliable, confident, and results-oriented individual, with previous customer service experience. I take pride in supporting customers, increasing sales, and developing customer relationships. I’m passionate about delivering excellent service quality and am keen to develop my career in customer services further.

  • Keep this section quite short and easy to read – maximum 4 sentences!๐Ÿ“โœ…
  • Use the job description to inspire what you write in this section – you want to impress the recruiter straight away! ๐Ÿ˜โœ…

3. Knowledge and Skills ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ

This should be a brief summary of your most useful/impressive knowledge and skills. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

For example:

Knowledge and Skills

Customer Care: As part of my various sales roles at charity fundraising events, I regularly serve and support a diverse range of customers.

My excellent customer care skills resulted in a 50% increase in sales during my second charity bake sale.

Numeracy: Handled cash and sales transactions for charity bake sales, generating ยฃ300 profit for charity donation.

Software: Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel), learns new software quickly.

Tips! ๐Ÿ“

  • Tailor this section to fit the job youโ€™re looking for! ๐Ÿชกโœ…
  • Think about what skills are most important to highlight – check the job description! ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธโœ…
  • Use this section to show you know what they’re looking for ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿคฉโœ…
  • Use this section to show you have knowledge, where you might be missing experience ๐Ÿค”โœ…
  • It’s good to keep this section near the top, because it ticks the job description boxes straight away ๐Ÿ‘โœ…
  • Try and sneak some accomplishments in here, with numbers! – Using numbers can make your achievements sound more impressive and memorable. ๐Ÿ”ขโœ…

4. Employment ๐Ÿ’ผ

This could include things like volunteering jobs if you don’t have experience yet! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿค

For example:

Employment and Work Experience

Volunteer Charity Bake Sale Co-ordinatorJune 2022 – Present

Responsible for:

  • Oversight of 4 bake sale events across multiple locations.
  • Display, promotion, and sale of baked products as part of charity fundraising for The Dogs Trust.
  • Transaction handling and customer support during fundraising events.
  • Inventory management, volunteer co-ordination, and costing for each event.
  • Maintained allergy guidance, food preparation standards, and health and safety compliance, as outlined in charity fundraiser guidance.

Volunteer Dog Walker at The Dogs Trust August 2020 – Present

Responsible for:

  • Canine care for 30+ dogs during regular walking sessions.
  • Compliance with rescue centre health and safety policies.

Tips! ๐Ÿ“

  • Put your most recent experience at the top โฌ†๏ธโœ…
  • Include work experience, volunteering, and charity work! ๐Ÿ’–โœ…
  • Make sure to explain any gaps longer than 1 month between jobs e.g. travelling โœˆ๏ธโœ…

5. Education and Qualifications ๐ŸŽ“

Have you done any courses or qualifications? ๐Ÿ… Here you can show them off! ๐ŸŽ‰

For example:

Education and Qualifications

The Grown-Up School – Qualification Name 2022

  • Maths: A
  • English: A
  • Chemistry: B
  • Art: B
  • Physics: C
  • Biology: C

Tips! ๐Ÿ“

  • Put your most recent qualifications/studying at the top, then put your best grades first โฌ†๏ธโœ…
  • If it takes up too many lines to write down all your qualifications, you can summarize them e.g. “8 grades achieved between A and C”. ๐ŸŽฏโœ…
  • Even free online courses could help you to stand out in this section ๐Ÿ’ƒโœ…

6. Achievements ๐Ÿ†

What are the most impressive things youโ€™ve achieved that an employer will be interested in? ๐Ÿ…

For example:

Achievements

  • Received student attendance award due to achieving within top 5% of student attendance for 2022. – The Grown-Up School, Feb 2022
  • Following the success of my first charity bake sale, I was able to improve sales by 50% for subsequent events.

Tips! ๐Ÿ“

  • Tailor this section to include accomplishments relating to the job youโ€™re looking for! ๐Ÿชกโœ…
  • Try and use some numbers! – Using numbers can make your achievements sound more impressive and memorable. ๐Ÿ”ขโœ…

7. Interests (Optional)๐ŸŽจ

Include this section if youโ€™ve got any hobbies or interests that relate to the job that youโ€™re applying for ๐Ÿ“š

For example:

Interests

Reading, hiking, watching TED talks.

Tips! ๐Ÿ“

  • Tailor this section to include interests that sound professional, and will be interesting to the people hiring! ๐Ÿชกโœ…

CV/Resume dos โœ…โœจ

Document appearance

  • Avoid using photos – you want them to be impressed by your work, rather than your appearance ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ
  • Keep simple colours and fonts – nothing too crazy or difficult to read (light colours like yellows and oranges are difficult to read)๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿคช
  • Create small bits of space around text so it is easy to read ๐Ÿง
  • Keep it less than 5 pages, ideally around 2! ๐Ÿ“„๐Ÿ“ƒ
  • Ideally save the document as a .pdf to look professional โœจ
  • Use your name + “CV” for the file name e.g. LauraAbrahamCV.pdf ๐Ÿ‘
  • Use modern fonts like Calibri, Helvetica, or Verdana โœ๏ธ
  • Use bold text to make lines easier to read ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‘€

What you write

  • Research the job advert, and use it to help write your CV/resume ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • Create different CVs/resumes for different jobs that you’re applying for ๐Ÿ“„๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿ“ƒ
  • Tailor different CVs/resumes depending on the company job description ๐Ÿข
  • Use good spelling and grammar โœ๏ธ
  • Use numbers – these can make your CV sound more impressive, and memorable! ๐Ÿ”ข
  • Be polite ๐Ÿ’–
  • Get straight to the point ๐ŸŽฏ- don’t waffle or make it too long! ๐Ÿง‡๐Ÿ“
  • Use positive language โ˜€๏ธ – no swearing ๐Ÿคฌ
  • Highlight your most valuable knowledge, skills, and experience ๐Ÿ”ฆ
  • Be honest ๐Ÿ˜‡ – don’t lie about your experience! ๐Ÿค
  • Try not to overshare personal information – keep it professional ๐Ÿคซ
  • Give examples ๐Ÿงพ
  • Talk about your impact/results ๐Ÿ… – talking about your responsibilities is good, but talking about your results are even better ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ‘
  • Get someone else to check your CV ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€

Template: first ever CV ๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

Laura Abraham

11 Example Road, Cardiff CF10 XYZ

077 0090 0077

laura.abraham@email.com

Personal Profile

A reliable, confident, and results-oriented individual, with previous customer service experience. I take pride in supporting customers, increasing sales, and developing customer relationships. I’m passionate about delivering excellent service quality and am keen to develop my career in customer services further.

Knowledge and Skills

Customer Care: As part of my various sales roles at charity fundraising events, I regularly serve and support a diverse range of customers.

My excellent customer care skills resulted in a 50% increase in sales during my second charity bake sale.

Numeracy: Handled cash and sales transactions for charity bake sales, generating ยฃ300 profit for charity donation.

Software: Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel), learns new software quickly.

Employment and Work Experience

Volunteer Charity Bake Sale Co-ordinatorJune 2022 – Present

Responsible for:

  • Oversight of 4 bake sale events across multiple locations.
  • Display, promotion, and sale of baked products as part of charity fundraising for The Dogs Trust.
  • Transaction handling and customer support during fundraising events.
  • Inventory management, volunteer co-ordination, and costing for each event.
  • Maintained allergy guidance, food preparation standards, and health and safety compliance, as outlined in charity fundraiser guidance.

Volunteer Dog Walker at The Dogs Trust August 2020 – Present

Responsible for:

  • Canine care for 30+ dogs during regular walking sessions.
  • Compliance with rescue centre health and safety policies.

Education and Qualifications

The Grown-Up School – Qualification Name 2022

  • Maths: A
  • English: A
  • Chemistry: B
  • Art: B
  • Physics: C
  • Biology: C

Achievements

  • Received student attendance award due to achieving within top 5% of student attendance for 2022. – The Grown-Up School, Feb 2022
  • Following the success of my first charity bake sale, I was able to improve sales by 50% for subsequent events.

Interests

Reading, hiking, watching TED talks.

Conclusion ๐Ÿ‘

So that’s it!

Hopefully you’re feeling more confident about writing an amazing CV/resume.

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