CV Writing During Lockdown
Here, we would like to support those in lockdown and unable to attend CTP courses on CV writing (in the first instance) and possibly on Interview Technique, in time and if required
To support, download the CV Template here and follow the steps below:
- Read through the template and note the various sections in line with the videos.
- Watch the videos on How to think about your CV and how to approach your CV with the template printed off or in another window.
- Step through the videos for each section and watch all the way through. You can then replay, pause, review and think as you write in the relevant section, picking up on the hints and tips provided.
- Once you have completed the CV, it is then ready for editing and you can do this over time, putting it away and returning and editing slightly.
- When you see a job you would apply for, take the job spec and amend your CV to align with the key skills required that you possess, and bring these out in the Employment or Career History too.
- Once you have aligned the CV to the role being applied for, edit it to be down to 2 pages and save.
- Remember always to make the Borders invisible on the table and leave the formatting in place. All of the content management systems to which you upload your CV can deal with the formatting these days and certainly on the major platform.
If you have any questions on things like translating skills, or building out your transferable skills, then please email us at email@example.com and in the subject line, put “CV QUESTIONS”. We will endeavour to respond within 48 hours, unless marked urgent
How to Think About Your CV
It is important to approach your CV with the right mindset and understanding. Watch this video with the CV template downloaded either in another window and viewable or printed off so that you can make notes on it.
How to Approach Your CV
This video talks about the framework of the CV and should be viewed with the template open or printed. Give some thought as to what you might start to put in to the various sections of the CV as you watch and pause the video.
Writing Your Career Profile
The Career Profile is the “up front and centre” part of the CV that HR or the hiring manager may read to get a flavour of who you are and so this could be your only chance to make the sift! It needs to be focussed on the role that you’re applying for, or that you would like. Make it a good one, make it punchy and full of all the good power words that sell you
Your Key Skills
Watch this video and consider the key skills that you have for the type of role that you are going for. Don’t forget that employers could be looking for soft skills as much as trade skills.
This section is likely to be read on the second sift. It needs to be short, punchy and contain the relevant information, but equally, it needs to show continuous employment over the years, or at least time that you have been productive and achieving something. Remember, it is important to only cover the past 10 years and put anything before into an “Early Career” section.
Training and Education
Like the employment history, a reverse chronological view of the courses and qualifications you have done over the years to demonstrate Continuous Professional Development. Needless to say, while on your “Base CV”, you might have every single course that you have done, but when you put it out for an application, there could well be courses that aren’t relevant. Remove them.
Hobbies and Interests
This video shares with you when and when not to add the Hobbies and Interests section to your CV. Write it in the personal first person, and it gives those that read it a sense of the rounder person and shows you are not an automaton!
This video explains why we put this to the end of the CV and how to format it. If you feel that you would like to have some contact details under your name per the CTP convention, then use a smaller font and only have your mobile number and email address.