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Skills CVs

Post 1

PeteBong

The most effective type of CV that i have found to work has been the skills CV.

This is (sorry if you know this already) when as well as your standard Work Experience and Education sections you add a section detailing the hard/soft (transferable) skills e.g. Communication, Interpersonal, Team working, Research, etc. Under each section giving a couple of examples (no more than one or two brief sentences long).

This allows you to tailor your CV to a specific post or company need highlighting your potential suitablity. It also allows you to emphasise some aspects of your work or education that would not otherwise come across in a standard CV. For instance;

In the Wor Experience section, serving in a Bar may just be;

10/2002 - 7/2003 Barstaff, The Old Cock, Didsbury.

But also used in a skills section under Customer Awareness could become

Working busy pub has given me experience of dealing with customers in a demanding environment, ensuring that they have a swift and pleasureable service.

This type of CV eases the burden carried by the Covering Letter which should point out the major points of the CV and expand on them. The skills CV also gives interviewers a hook on which they can base questions and in doing so a well written CV can work to the interviewees advantage.

A useful tip is to quantify your examples if possible; how many kids in your youth group, how much money did you raise, etc.

I managed to get at least one interview a month with a skills CV when the industry I wanted to enter was under going contraction, compared with one interview in three months with a bog standard CV. Getting through the interviews was a completely different matter though.


Skills CVs

Post 2

JellyGhost

IGood advice about skills. I think you've hit on several important areas. 1/ that CVs should be personalised for each job application when possible 2/ If your own CV seems to work by getting you interviews then it is a good one 3/ The CV is not the ends but a stepping stone, a part of the process of getting a job, it is not the whole thing. An interviewer should expect you to back up anything mentioned on a CV


Skills CVs

Post 3

JellyGhost

IGood advice about skills. I think you've hit on several important areas. 1/ that CVs should be personalised for each job application when possible 2/ If your own CV seems to work by getting you interviews then it is a good one 3/ The CV is not the ends but a stepping stone, a part of the process of getting a job, it is not the whole thing. An interviewer should expect you to back up anything mentioned on a CV


Skills CVs

Post 4

JellyGhost

IGood advice about skills. I think you've hit on several important areas. 1/ that CVs should be personalised for each job application when possible 2/ If your own CV seems to work by getting you interviews then it is a good one 3/ The CV is not the ends but a stepping stone, a part of the process of getting a job, it is not the whole thing. An interviewer should expect you to back up anything mentioned on a CV


Skills CVs

Post 5

JellyGhost

Good advice about skills. I think you've hit on several important areas. 1/ that CVs should be personalised for each job application when possible 2/ If your own CV seems to work by getting you interviews then it is a good one 3/ The CV is not the ends but a stepping stone, a part of the process of getting a job, it is not the whole thing. An interviewer should expect you to back up anything mentioned on a CV


Skills CVs

Post 6

FordsTowel

In the States, this is called a 'Functional Resume' as it relies on descriptions of things you've done rather than places you've worked. It can be very useful in situations that do not allow for the creation of a good chronological resume.

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