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heya. i'm working on my cv and am a bit stuck on the work experience section. i haven't had a lot of roles and responsibilities in my previous job and would prefer to instead bullet point what i've learned from the experience and what skills i've developed. but looking though cv examples i haven't seen anyone else do this.
is this a bad idea?
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heya. i'm working on my cv and am a bit stuck on the work experience section. i haven't had a lot of roles and responsibilities in my previous job and would prefer to instead bullet point what i've learned from the experience and what skills i've developed. but looking though cv examples i haven't seen anyone else do this.
is this a bad idea?
i dont think it's necessarily a bad idea, just make sure they are specific things you learnt and overall give an in depth summary of what you gained from the work experience. but i'm only a sixth form student so i dont know too much about it. hope i helped anyways!
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i dont think it's necessarily a bad idea, just make sure they are specific things you learnt and overall give an in depth summary of what you gained from the work experience. but i'm only a sixth form student so i dont know too much about it. hope i helped anyways!
thanks for the advice!
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heya. i'm working on my cv and am a bit stuck on the work experience section. i haven't had a lot of roles and responsibilities in my previous job and would prefer to instead bullet point what i've learned from the experience and what skills i've developed. but looking though cv examples i haven't seen anyone else do this.
is this a bad idea?
You should always write a CV in bullet points, never in full prose sentences. However, the bullet points aren't about what you've learned or what you've developed, they are very specifically about what you've done. It's a key difference for the employer that reads it, they don't want to know what the role required, and they aren't interested in your personal journey, they want the cold hard evidence of what you actually did.

What makes a good CV is when the evidence of what you did exactly matches the skills they need for the job they are offering. That's why they usually describe them quite specifically in the job advert.

There's a specific CV Help forum that can give individual advice.
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Put a sentence for each job briefly describing the role, including anything particularly relevant to the application, then under each sentence use bullet points to list the tangible achievements. Anyone can say they were a team player or did customer service; put facts and figures, like percentage increases in sales or cost-savings you made.
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Hiya, what does everyone think about putting personal interests on a CV? I've heard some mixed opinions and wondered what would be best. Some say that you should only put interests that are relevant to the position, while others say that you should show your varied interests and branch out a bit. Now I'm so confused! Pls help !
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Hiya, what does everyone think about putting personal interests on a CV? I've heard some mixed opinions and wondered what would be best. Some say that you should only put interests that are relevant to the position, while others say that you should show your varied interests and branch out a bit. Now I'm so confused! Pls help !
Frankly, no one cares what you do in your free time. If they did, they would ask you that in the interview and then you can tell.
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Hiya, what does everyone think about putting personal interests on a CV? I've heard some mixed opinions and wondered what would be best. Some say that you should only put interests that are relevant to the position, while others say that you should show your varied interests and branch out a bit. Now I'm so confused! Pls help !
Very few employers care about what your interests are. However, especially if you are new to the world of work your interests might be the only place you can get evidence fo relevant skills. For example they might be the only time you can show leadership, or organisational skills, public speaking etc

So when considering how you can show you have the relevant skills for the job, you can include your Interests, and bullet point them in exactly the same way.
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Frankly, no one cares what you do in your free time. If they did, they would ask you that in the interview and then you can tell.
Yeah that's what I thought but I know that some people say it's good to include as it makes you seem more unique or something like that haha
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Very few employers care about what your interests are. However, especially if you are new to the world of work your interests might be the only place you can get evidence fo relevant skills. For example they might be the only time you can show leadership, or organisational skills, public speaking etc

So when considering how you can show you have the relevant skills for the job, you can include your Interests, and bullet point them in exactly the same way.
Thanks that's really helpful! Yes I would cater them to be specific to the job and hopefully show relevant skills and interests, especially while I don't have much work experience to list right now
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thats called a skill based cv where your skills or on page 1 and u give an example of that skill. its ideal for people lacking exp and I'm using it and got more success with it
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Very few employers care about what your interests are. However, especially if you are new to the world of work your interests might be the only place you can get evidence fo relevant skills. For example they might be the only time you can show leadership, or organisational skills, public speaking etc

So when considering how you can show you have the relevant skills for the job, you can include your Interests, and bullet point them in exactly the same way.
hi may i ask whats your backround? do you work in the careers help at a uni or something? and is there a specific sector you specialise in e.g engineering cv
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hi may i ask whats your backround? do you work in the careers help at a uni or something? and is there a specific sector you specialise in e.g engineering cv
Broad background, recruiting at all levels from volunteer to vice-chancellor and across HR, finance, IT, in schools, universities and 3rd sector. I've worked with, but not in several university careers services. I've got a network and keep up to date with hiring preferences and trends in various sectors.
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thats called a skill based cv where your skills or on page 1 and u give an example of that skill. its ideal for people lacking exp and I'm using it and got more success with it
Hey thanks that sounds great
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