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CV Writing Tips

Cover Letter

To give you the best possible chance of attracting and impressing a prospective employer, it’s essential to start with a concise and simple cover letter highlighting your serious interest in the role applied for.

The Cover Letter should aim to include information emphasising your most relevant employment experience and transferable skills specific to the applied for position, alongside key character attributes which will prove desirable to your targeted employer.

Guidance on CV Writing

CVs are difficult to write at the best of times…to help you make a positive first impression and to secure an interview with your targeted employer, your CV should be simply presented (no frames, graphics or clipart) in standard font (e.g. Arial, Calibre, Times New Roman) and should be generally no longer than three pages long.

It’s important to present a concise, accurate, interesting and relevant CV emphasising your key employment experience, related skills and potential gained alongside achievements throughout your various appointments to give you the best possible impact as a serious prospective candidate.

Here are some useful tips on CV writing including a suggested CV format...

1.      Personal details – start with a clear Header including your name (see section on Discrimination) and general location – location details allow the interviewer to assess whether your commute to work is viable – i.e. commute distance and route.

2.      In respect of current data protection & employment discrimination legislation, be careful what information you provide. You are not required to include information on your race / ethnic origin, religion, gender including transgender, sexuality, age, disability and personal circumstances (e.g. home / child care commitments).

3.      Profile – a brief overview of your key skills and strengths, career goals and work ethic provides an insight into your approach and attitude in the work place.

4.      Industry Training & Qualifications – confirm all relevant industry training & development including certified,  inter/nationally recognised courses, in-house induction, training & development programmes & knowledge of EPOS software packages alongside spoken languages & IT knowledge.

IT Knowledge…most employers look for a basic knowledge of MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) including knowledge of more specialised Catering & Hospitality computerised operating systems such as;

Opera, Open Table, Tissl, Quadranet, Micros, Fidelio, FnB Shop, Forth Hospitality, etc.

5.      Education – both academic & vocational training should be included.

Include information on Degree, A Level, GCSE, B-Tec, NVQ level and any other recognised qualifications taken including European & International certificates.

6.      Include information on achievements, internships & stages, industry related / relevant memberships & volunteer work….

These areas can strengthen your CV by demonstrating key character qualities attractive to prospective employers.

Information on achievements will emphasise your level of ambition and drive to succeed within your chosen field. Equally, Internships & Stages demonstrate your commitment to knowledge & skill development, whilst memberships and volunteer work emphasis your interest and participation in industry / community related initiatives & projects.

7.      Career History – the main body of the CV should present concise and relevant information on all positions running in reverse chronological order (current / most recent employment first) including details on the operation and key responsibilities, supported by proven achievements gained within each role.

For those with a management background, the CV viewer will generally expect your resume to include information on some or all aspects of financial management including details on annual turnover (if available), set budget targets on sales and variable costs (purchasing & payroll), forecasting & budgeting responsibilities.

Additional information valued by the CV viewer may also include details on your involvement in new openings, overseeing renovation & refurbishment projects, concept development and any / all involvement in human resources and marketing of your business whether related to local, national or online initiatives.

8.      Include official website and online review links where appropriate. This will enable the CV viewer to quickly and simply review the style and quality of the businesses you have been employed in.

9.      Ensure gaps in your employment history are explained. Unemployment and illness often pose no issues with employers, especially if you are able to demonstrate this time was used productively e.g. to undertake studies (training & courses), volunteer work, travel.

10.   Ensure your CV is accurate and verifiable. Your CV will form the basis of the interview discussion. Be prepared to support any claims made with relevant examples.

11.   References – where applicable, include all available contact information of nominated rreferees – mobile, direct lines & email addresses are expected. It’s also worth mentioning, it’s a good idea to communicate this to your chosen referees to allow them some notice.

For an objective opinion or CV critique, please feel free to contact a Consultant for advice on: 0203 397 9021 - we look forward to hearing from you!

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