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    Hey guys, I'm not sure if this is posted in the right place..

    However, I'd really appreciate some help on how to write a CV, as I'm beginning to look for a job and have no idea where to start!

    Thanks x
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    Basic idea:

    [YOUR NAME]
    [PHONE NUMBER] [HOME ADDRESS (optional)] [EMAIL ADDRESS]

    A short sentence about you, saying your best points. For example 'A self motivated an enterprising individual with interests in the creative industry'

    EDUCATION

    College/ Secondary school name --- Date of attendance
    Qualifications achieved, Grade

    Secondary school Name--- Date of attendance
    GCSE--- Grade
    GCSE--- Grade
    etc

    EXPERIENCE
    List any work experience here, along with dates and a description of your role.
    For example

    TESCO--- January 2011- April 2012
    Sales Assistant
    Description of your role


    Interests/ Achievements etc
    List some things about yourself, like hobbies, achievements, etc.

    References
    Available on Request.


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    Obviously you can add stuff if you need. There is plenty of help on the internet.
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    Thanks!

    Or look for the CV Help forum and open a private thread on there where you can discuss specifics without the world being able to see it.
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    Your education and work need to be in order starting from the most recent.
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    Never put references available on request on a CV.

    Three good reasons from a site I read once.


    1. If a prospective employer asks you for references, then they will expect you to provide them with the names of people they can contact. Not providing references will not be an option.
    2. That you have references does not (or at least should not) make you any different from any other candidate.
    3. It's a waste of a good line – why waste precious space writing something that adds no value?

    If you include references on your C.V you may find that some places will contact these at any point, to confirm details (without asking you first). It's a risk you may not want to take if a current employer isn't aware of you looking for another job.
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    Never put references available on request on a CV.

    Three good reasons from a site I read once.


    1. If a prospective employer asks you for references, then they will expect you to provide them with the names of people they can contact. Not providing references will not be an option.
    2. That you have references does not (or at least should not) make you any different from any other candidate.
    3. It's a waste of a good line – why waste precious space writing something that adds no value?

    If you include references on your C.V you may find that some places will contact these at any point, to confirm details (without asking you first). It's a risk you may not want to take if a current employer isn't aware of you looking for another job.
    I used 'references available on request' because my references either kept changing (due to school closures, forgetting who I am etc) or they wanted to be notified before they were contacted (so they could prepare).

    I've never had an issue with it. (Saying that, i've never had employers want references yet)
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    Basic idea:

    [YOUR NAME]
    [PHONE NUMBER] [HOME ADDRESS (optional)] [EMAIL ADDRESS]

    A short sentence about you, saying your best points. For example 'A self motivated an enterprising individual with interests in the creative industry'

    EDUCATION

    College/ Secondary school name --- Date of attendance
    Qualifications achieved, Grade

    Secondary school Name--- Date of attendance
    GCSE--- Grade
    GCSE--- Grade
    etc

    EXPERIENCE
    List any work experience here, along with dates and a description of your role.
    For example

    TESCO--- January 2011- April 2012
    Sales Assistant
    Description of your role


    Interests/ Achievements etc
    List some things about yourself, like hobbies, achievements, etc.

    References
    Available on Request.


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    Obviously you can add stuff if you need. There is plenty of help on the internet.
    Flip education and work experience. Experience is highly valued while education is not. The first thing an employer should read is previous work experience (or 'skills' depending on the form of CV the person is using). Education should only be listed first if the CV if the CV is for academic purposes (ie a CV is included as part of a masters course application or you are applying for a research assistant position).

    Also the references available on request is a waste of space you can simply remove that.

    But yes apart from those 2 points that is a good general layout of a CV.
 
 
 
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