CV WorkshopDo you need help revising your CV?
Here are our top ten tips for making a fantastic English CV for finding a job in Scotland…
Make your CV eye-catching and beautiful
Keep it short
One page is best if possible. Your CV definitely shouldn’t be longer than two pages.
Use UK formatting
Make sure your address and phone number are written in a UK style with capitals.
Main street 15 4, edinburg, EH83RE +447700900224
15/4 Main Street, Edinburgh, EH8 3RE 07700 900 224
Tailor your CV
Have a different version of your CV for different types of job. Don’t apply to be a Starbucks barista with a CV with detailed information about your knowledge of architecture!
Include a Personal Statement
Consider including a short personal statement saying who you are and what you are looking for and make sure this matches the job description.
For example, if the job description is…
Trainee SEO Account Manager / Search Analyst
This is an entry level role that would suit a self-motivated graduate looking to develop a career in digital marketing. The role will involve supporting our project directors across a range of clients from SME’s to blue chip multinational campaigns.
Then your personal statement should say…
“Self-motivated, career-focused graduate looking for an entry-level role in a fast-growing digital marketing company”
Managed a busy restaurant
Managed a 100-seat restaurant, with a £4,000 a week turnover
Don’t use meaningless, clichéd expressions
Things like ‘good communication skills’, ‘good team worker’ or ‘strong analytical skills’ don’t impress employers. Who can’t say they have these skills?
Here are the top 10 overused words from LinkedIn.
Check your spelling!
Check, double check and triple check all spelling and punctuation. Don’t give an employer any reasons to put your CV in the ‘no’ pile. Ask a friend to check for you too!