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CV Writing

CV, which stands for curriculum vitae, is a carefully formatted and presented summary of your work experience.CVs let recruiters know what your skills and qualifications are, so that they can determine if you are a good fit for the job.

Once you have attained the required proficiency for the job you are seeking, the employment support professionals at English Minds help you put together a CV that presents your education, skills, and competencies in a way that is easy to read and appealing to recruiters.

What to put on a CV

Your CV must contain information that allows the employer to decide if you are a suitable candidate, as well as a way to contact you so that they can schedule an interview. Below is a list of the essentials:

  • Contact details: your name, address, email address, and mobile number
  • Educational background: names of colleges and universities, dates attended, and degrees or certificates obtained
  • Skills: work-related qualifications (computer programming, web design skills) and personal competencies (proven leadership ability, team player, able to work unsupervised)
  • Work experience: previous employers, positions held, task examples
  • References: a minimum of two people, ideally former teachers or employers, who can attest to your work ethic and ability

Some people prefer to list their education before their work experience, or vice-versa. There’s no absolute rule in place. But if you are a recent university graduate and have little work history, starting with your education would be the best option, especially if the job calls for someone with a degree or certificate that you possess.

To better your chance of obtaining employment in the UK, your CV should be customised to match what the recruiter is looking for. Read the job description carefully and if you obtain an interview, provide examples of how your knowledge and abilities fit the requirements.

If there is a gap in your work history and the reason isn’t an obvious one, such as summer employment, be prepared to explain why. Common and accepted reasons include the conclusion of a contract, going back to school, or company downsizing.

Your CV should be attractive and easy to read. Refrain from using brightly coloured text, tiny or artistic font, or dense paragraphs. Keep the layout clean by using an easily scanned font such as Arial, Helvetica, or Verdana, and adding sufficient white space between sections and paragraphs.

When submitting your CV, don’t forget to include a cover letter. Cover letters allow you to draw the recruiter’s attention to aspects of your resume that are a good match for the job’s requirements as well as highlight the reasons why you are the candidate they are looking for.

You’ve already mastered the English language after attending our classes. Now let the CV coaching professionals at English Minds use our expertise to help you get the UK job that you want. Your career and your future opportunities are extremely important, to us as well as you.

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