Advice Clinic

Andrew’s CV Clinic

15th November 2016

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Tired of having to Google examples of good CVs? Structure? How to best get across that you are perfect for the job? Can’t find the inspiration to up your interview skills? Want the inside scoop on how to impress potential employers?

Andrew, Manchester’s Careers Advisor and his whizz-of-a brain have got all the answers. So without further ado… ANDREW!

There are a few key points to consider when writing your CV.

  • Don’t bore them! Tell them what they NEED to know and get to the point…
  • Name, Address, Phone Numbers, Qualifications, Employment History, Additional Activities (where appropriate), References.
  • NO MORE THAN 2 PAGES!
  • Make it look intriguing. Why will they remember you?

 

TOP 5 TIPS FOR THE GUTS OF YOUR CV

Old news…

  • Minimise the space you use for GSCEs and A-Levels.
  • (They are necessary but don’t need to take centre stage).

School’s out – tell them about BIMM (or your uni… if you’re a stranger, say hello)

  • Relevant modules
  • Specific projects/essays
  • Events you took part in that have relevance

Prioritise! Put everything in chronological order – your most recent experiences will most likely be the most relevant for the job you’re applying for.

  • Be clear
  • Use
  • Bullet
  • Points
  • Avoid
  • Large
  • Blocks
  • Of
  • Text

Use your imagination!

  • Make sure that you have the job description for the role you are applying for in front of you when writing a CV. A CV will always be more effective if tailored towards a specific job. Imagine how you will use lessons learnt from past experiences to assist you in this role.

Who are you?

  • Add a small paragraph after your personal details.
  • Four to five lines at most about where you are in your career? What kind of role are you in? What industry?
  • What kind of role/experience are you looking for?
  • Mention key skills and qualities that are relevant to the role you’re applying for.

These five steps should be foolproof and a huge help when writing your CV.

Or if you really feel the need, maybe give this a go: http://www.look.co.uk/list-for-life/delivering-cv-employers-doughnuts-559037

(we don’t advocate this method, but everyone loves doughnuts right?)

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As an ex-student of BIMM Brighton and a Vocalist in a Math Pop band Orchards, Lucy has an overview of the student experience that applies to you all. Lucy’s passions for music, journalism and photography all coincide here to showcase; live shows, top tips to living a student lifestyle and the general beauty of the city you live in. She wants you to get a down to earth overview of your BIMM student experience.