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My CV and Key words

So if you are posting your CV to on line sites like cv-library or Monster you need to understand how they will find your CV in the sea of CVs drifting around cyberspace. Recruiters can search for you in several ways, Key words are important to have in your CV. We all have an idea of the type of job we are looking for next. You need to drop the job titles in to your CV to register in searches.

Another trick we have noticed on the quest for employment is that when you put your CV on line for the first few days you will get some interest and receive speculative e mails and phone calls, the jobs come to you. We noticed that after a week we would get nothing, out CVs slipped far out in to the murky CV sea. So we updated CVs and reposted boom first few days e mails and phone calls regarding jobs we haven’t applied for but our CV fits. So a weekly upload to the major online job boards can increase your visibility to the recruiters.

So having you generic CV on line with jobs boards can get you noticed for jobs, but when applying for specific jobs we really need to drill down on the job spec. If we send off out generic CV and we fell all the relevant information is on there that matches the job spec, if it doesn't catch the eye in the first 2 sections of your CV they may never reach the part that contains the information. They are searching 100's of CVs daily so look for answers quickly to keep them engaged.

So for jobs we feel we can do we need to tweak our CV to present our key competencies and experience that fit best with this role. This should get the attention of the person reading your CV and make them what to know more. We will be bringing you some CV templates but we feel the best lay out and order for a modern CV that is being used on line is to flow something like the below example

Name and Job tile that best describes you (if you are looking to work as a warehouse manager use that)

Personal StatementAll personal statements should be tailored to the role in question, so use the job description to help write the rest. Why do you want to work in this industry? What skills make you applicable? And where do you want to go in your career? Answer these questions, and you’re off to a good start.

Example

A highly motivated and hardworking individual, who has recently completed their A-Levels, achieving excellent grades in both Maths and Science. Seeking an apprenticeship in the engineering industry to build upon a keen scientific interest and start a career as a maintenance engineer. Eventual career goal is to become a fully-qualified and experienced maintenance or electrical engineer, with the longer-term aspiration of moving into project management.

Transferable Skill Sets This is where you will list with small examples of they skills you have that best match the job description.

Key Strengths Again use this section to highlight your key strengths with short examples of experience.

Work history list from most recent to oldest you job history, stating company name, position held Start / End date along with a description of responsibilities held in that role (Again tweak this with the job spec to ensure most relevant are at the top of the list). Also include if possible a brief list of achievements you brought to that position.

Education, although education is low on the list if you have specific qualification's that match the job you can highlight them in the Personal statement and or key strengths sections.

Hobbies and interests this can be overlooked put some thought in to this section, it shows what you are like outside of work and can even be an ice breaker in an interview scenario.

References should always be stated as available upon request.

Contact information, Name, Address, Phone Number, e mail you can even provide a link to your Linkedin account.

Finally make sure you KNOW your CV

during an interview you will be cross referenced against your CV make sure you remember every thing you have put in you CV, basically make sure it is truthful and you should have no problems answering questions based on the information you have put in to the CV.

Links to post CV to online Job Boards....