CV Writing

CV Writing AdviceCreating a good CV will not guarantee that you will find your dream job, but you can not get a job without writing one. There are thousands of CV tips available on numerous websites, but sometimes it can be difficult to assimilate all this good advice into personal circumstances.

CV Writing AdviceEnergy Jobs List have compiled the following common-sense guide to writing a CV, with energy sector jobs in mind.Your CV/resume sells you to your potential employer. So, you should take extreme care in preparing a resume that will be a professional presentation of your qualifications.

The function of a CV is to present relevant information about you to the prospective employer. Though the definition sounds simple, there are a lot of angles to the presentation of a CV, curriculum vitae as it is commonly known, which mostly depend on what type of job you are applying for. However, whatever the type of the CV, the basics remain constant.

A good CV should:

  1. Be accompanied by a cover letter which is addressed by name or authority to the person who is in charge of recruiting or the chief of the organization (be careful here that you have right name, it is spelled right, and has the right designation; the cover letter should summarise in two to five lines why you think you would be fit for the job, showcasing your best talents to match the requirements of the job (and add a little extra)
  2. Represent accurately all the relevant information about you, both personal and professional and should be matching to the job description
  3. Be crisp (make sure you do not have any long winded sentences while describing experience and other qualities)
  4. Be truthful - certain amount of exaggeration is acceptable. Energy recruiters understand that you want to show yourself in the best possible light. However, it can be embarrassing to get caught out at interview and you will get caught out.
  5. Highlight your achievements - recruiters like to see what you have done, not just who you have worked for. Have a list of your top projects, and adapt your CV to suit the specific energy job you are applying for.
  6. Highlight your training and qualifications - recruiters looking for evidence of a serious commitment to your chosen career, will appreciate cpd activity; membership of professional bodies
  7. Include relevant keywords and phrases - when creating a CV, remember that most recruiters will find it by searching a database – either online (at a site like Energy Jobs List) or on their own recruitment system.
  8. Keep it up-to-date - creating a CV is something people tend to do only when they are actively looking for a new job, but it is important to keep your CV current
  9. Get it written by a professional - if you do not have time to create a perfect CV yourself, there are lots of reputable companies who will do it for you.

Professionally looking CV should include the following:

In the CV heading you can write your general information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number (If applying for an overseas job, please remember to include your international dialling code.) Include your mobile/cell phone number if you are going to relocate soon.

CV Skills Summary

The Skills Summary section of your CV includes your main skills. You should only include keywords in his section, do not go into lengthy descriptions of your skills. The skill summary is also called personal profile.

CV Objective

The CV Objective, sometimes also referred to as CV Personal Profile states "What is the next step in my career?" This should be a short, concise statement that informs the employer what kind of position you are looking for. The type of position, the role (managerial, supervisor, contractor) should be included as well.

If you are job hunting it is a good idea to have several CV's with different profiles or objectives. For example, you can have a CV for a sales supervisor and the other for a shop floor manager. Your 'sales supervisor' CV can highlight achievements in this area, and the CV would be tuned to that particular in terms of job descriptions and achievements.

Education on your CV

List all of your qualifications in this section. Include all of your education including certifications from non-academic institutions, especially those that are related to the job vacancy. If you have more work experience than qualifications, put your work experience before your qualifications.

Honors, Awards or Accomplishments

Academic and related awards are listed here. Relevant Courses which are directly related to the job vacancy you are applying for should be listed in this section. If your degree is not related to this job, highlight aspects of the course that are. List any projects you have worked on that are related to this job.

Professional or Work Experience

This section includes any work experience that you have in the field you are applying for. Even if the post was unpaid, voluntary, summer job, internship, co-op experience or extracurricular activity. When listing these work experiences include what kind of job was it (internship/full time/ part time etc).

Each job detail should include this basic information:

  • Title of position
  • Length you held the post
  • Responsibilities
  • Name of organization.

Include also languages (spoken/written/understood). Computer Skills (include title of software package and proficiency level), Research Skills and other skills that are not in the rest of your CV.

The Activities and Interests

Any activities that you do in your free time, can be related to your job. If you worked in the school paper it shows initiative and you are willing to make sacrifices in order to further your career. Participating in student activities, professional associations or enthusiast clubs shows leader ship qualities. Leave out any activities related to politics religion or controversial topics.alienating the reader.

CV References Available Upon Request

If you have references, that you are willing to provide include the above statement. Ask people if they are willing to serve as references before you give their names to a potential employer.

Layout and Appearance

Professional typesetting equipment produces the best presentation of your CV if you intend to send it to a potential employer by post or email. You must use computer with some type of word processing software. The quality of a CV should be excellent. When uploading your CV to Energy Jobs List make sure you have printed out a copy to check the layout of the text and the overall appearance of the document, should a potential employer choose to print out your CV. You must ensure that the layout is clear and free of mistakes before you send it. Energy Jobs List requires that your CV is in Microsoft Word format.

Make it scanner friendly. Many contract firms are utilising scanners to input CVs into their computer databases. Because of that, new guidelines are required that will enable firms to scan your CV. Here are a few recommendations that will make your CV "scanner ready":

  • Use white paper A4 and black ink.
  • Do not underline words.
  • Do not use script or other fancy typefaces.
  • All letters should be of the same quality (no light or broken letters, no smudge, etc.).
  • Use adequate margins (at least 1/2" on all sides).
  • Do not hand write anything on your CV.
  • Tips to help you shorten a lengthy CV
  • Eliminate all extra spaces between lines (except between job assignments).
  • Use narrower margins.
  • Keep job descriptions to 3-5 sentences (less for older positions).

If your "length" problem is due to an extensive number of job assignments, leave the oldest positions off and type the following at the bottom of the last page of your CV: "Experience from(date) to (date) available upon request." Then prepare a "complete" CV to furnish only to firms asking for it.

 

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