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Give yourself the best start with our top CV writing tips

  • Chef Recruitment Agency
  • December 2017

Whether you’re just starting out or are looking to move up the career ladder, the first port of call before you start to look at any positions is to get your dreaded but all important CV in tip top shape.

Many people struggle to write about themselves and find the right words to put their skills and experience in the best light. At Chefs for Chefs we see hundreds of CV’s and speak to employers on a daily basis about what they’re looking for and what they like and don’t like when they are reviewing CV’s. so we’ve taken time out to write them down to share with our candidates.

We recommend you tackle your CV in the following steps:

  1. Brainstorm

It can be difficult to remember every bit of training and experience you have had over your career. If you’re starting from scratch, make notes over a few days – every time you remember something, write it down. Then review that list and decide what really is important based on the position you are applying for.

  1. Work experience

Next create a list of all your job roles, starting with the most recent. Make sure there are no gaps, if there are, add a short note to explain why. Maybe you travelled the world for 12 months? Add a brief comment about what inspired you.

  1. Where did it all start

Make a succinct list of your education – number of GCSE’s and A Levels with the grade, NVQ’s etc, at what level and when you achieved them.

  1. Skills and experience

Add a bullet point list of specific skills, don’t be too vague or too detailed and make sure they’re relevant to the specific position you’re applying for.

  1. Opening statement

This is a biggie, especially if you don’t have much experience or are fresh out of education;
this is all about your aspirations, what you have to offer and where you see yourself in the future.

  1. How long should it be?

Don’t go over two pages if you can help it, only use relevant information and don’t go into too much detail.

  1. References

Where possible use your most recent positions and your most high profile positions.
Three references is always a good number to demonstrate you have a strong track record. 

  1. Now it’s time to put this information in the right order

Our sample CV will help you get everything in the right order.

  1. Check, check and check again

To demonstrate your professionalism and attention to detail make sure you have proof read your CV properly. Check for inconsistencies with the use of capital letters, that you have used proper grammar and make sure your spelling is accurate. It’s a good idea to print and read through on paper, sometimes it’s hard to see see errors on screen.

We’re here to help you through this process, if you need any further help call us on 01422 893009.

 

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