CV Workshop Part 1
Writing a CV can be a mind boggling thing. It’s hard to know what to include, such as skills learnt from being a home maker and what not to include, such as large periods of unemployment. Writing a CV is also a nerve wracking venture because we all know that employers are looking for something that stands out. Over the past few months I have gained a lot of insight into how to build a decent CV and I’d like to share some of these ideas with my readers:
- Don’t use BS language. Cut out the superlatives, these just sound clichéd, and try to make your CV sound honest and heartfelt rather than an exercise in PR. Employers can see straight through a CV that uses language as a disguise for lack of skills.
- Talk about your skills and how you have used them. Don’t just write “I’m really good at communicating with others.” Much better would be to say something like “I recently worked in a restaurant and the manager alsways asked me to deal with customer complaints in his absence because I am very good at communicating with people”.
- Include all of the relevant skills you have learnt in non-employment based situations. For example, have you been a home maker? What did this role include? Many people who look after the home whilst their partner goes out to work believe that they haven’t acquired any skills. But did you pay the bills? If so, what budgeting skills did you pick up whilst doing this? Did you organize deliveries, shopping, school drop-offs and pick-ups, the family meals, your children’s extra curricular activities etc etc? If so, you have most likely learnt to become an excellent organizer.
I’m off for an interview now, wish me luck, but I’ll be back soon with my CV Workshop Part 2.