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2007/06/20 12:06:43 (permalink)
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Concerning cv's

when is the time to stop putting GCSE grades on there for the core subjects.. ie maths & english? i'm 21 and have got a few qualifications since but don't know whether they should go on or not as i'm trying to avoid cluttering the cv but don't want to miss out valuable points

also, has anybody any examples of solid, well laid out cv's? i'd assume these will be people in the recruitment sector.. obviously data protection plays a part here but could do with even a template?

I have:

Name etc

PROFILE
- Key Skills
- Achievements

EXPERIENCE
- Job Title and one or two sentences brief explanation of role + bullet points to emphasise key areas

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

etc

PC SKILLS

just a couple of bullet points i.e competent in SAP, office applications etc

PERSONAL SUMMARY

Just briefly mentioning personal interests and hobbies, clean license, good health, punctual if you can offer a template or two.. I work in the scheduling sector and would be aiming for a pretty formal 'elegant' style really

Thanks..
post edited by AJ85 - 2017/10/26 07:11:37
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    EBBZ
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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/20 12:15:07 (permalink)
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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-CV-What-Employers-Want/dp/0273702114/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/203-0694345-9241541?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1182334380&sr=8-1

    Fantastic book, used it and spent a lot of time writing my Cv. has various templates for wherever you are in your job hunting stage. I.e Student, School leaver, Career change, Mature Career, Professional.

    VERY confident with layout and content of my Cv now and has proven success with many good jobs i have applied for.
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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/20 12:41:00 (permalink)
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    thanks for that, it's worth a shot as the reviews from other people support your opinion on it too so i've ordered!
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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/20 13:37:23 (permalink)
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    Cool. Best of luck with it
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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/20 14:06:36 (permalink)
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    thats similar to what i have

    page 1

    top:
    contact details

    then headings

    personal profile
    education
    work experience

    page 2

    skills
    (seperated into communication and teamwork, problem solving, i.t. and personal qualities all given with examples)
    interests (given of examples of how you included skills i.e. enjoyed playing pool, organised tournaments)
    additional info (driving, nationality, age, able to relocate etc)
    references

    language i used was in past tense and direct i.e. organised staff meetings (full stop) dealt with customer enquiries and provided solutions and alternative methods (full stop) etc etc.

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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/20 15:58:34 (permalink)
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    Stop putting your GCSE grades when you have a couple higher quals like a degree etc.

    Maybe you should consider adding a personal statement to the top of your cv, many people don't do it but it can let a prospective employer know about those all important personal qualities.
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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/20 17:30:56 (permalink)
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    On mine it's just "7 GCSE (including Maths and English) Grade C or Above"

    If they want to know more they can ask (not that i can really remember them)

    I think the general advice is keep it on a single page unless you have LOTS to get on there.
    post edited by Max Power - 2007/06/20 17:31:59

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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/20 18:57:14 (permalink)
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    Do people put an Objective header and then put what kind of work they are looking for?

    This is for uploading to a job site.
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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/20 22:15:00 (permalink)
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    also, remember to make sure you use as much keywords as possible as online cv's are just scanned for keywords, then the cv's which contain 'x' amount of key words get put through an initial screening test and gets to be read by an actual person.

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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/20 22:31:44 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Stone

    also, remember to make sure you use as much keywords as possible as online cv's are just scanned for keywords, then the cv's which contain 'x' amount of key words get put through an initial screening test and gets to be read by an actual person.

    That's an interesting one, any more info?

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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/20 22:57:51 (permalink)
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    yep, its similar to how uni's check for plagirism but options changed to find words such as:

    innovative
    initiative
    creative
    adapt

    etc etc

    its mostly to do with cvs sent online.

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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/21 09:22:02 (permalink)
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    To those of you who are looking for Graduate Schemes (i.e. 18 months to 2 years training before put in a role), what sites are you using?

    I have:

    milkround
    drjob
    monster
    total jobs
    prospects
    jobserve
    gradssouthwest
    justforgrads
    hobsons

    can you guys add to the list please?

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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/21 09:34:32 (permalink)
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    when is the time to stop putting GCSE grades on there for the core subjects.. ie maths & english?


    i applied for an nvq course last year and was told by my college that O levels and A levels are only valid 5 years?!?! wtf? lol


    i can c the reasoning behind it if its true TBH - cause i'd fail most of them if i had to do them all over again now


     
     
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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/21 10:06:46 (permalink)
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    ahh i might just leave the gcse's off then.. i've done a levels, nvq 3, hnc, hnd & finishing off ba (hons) but i've got a couple of other lil ones like ecdl advanced etc.

    i've been working full time for 3 and a half years but the companies sponsored & given me day release for all of my courses so i'm not really a graduate. I'll ask the gf stone as she's just finished and i'm pretty sure she'll have been advised to use certain sites for uploading the cv to

    never knew that about the cv's being scanned online for keywords
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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/22 00:02:33 (permalink)
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    get a book from library on how towrite a CV
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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/22 00:41:46 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: freak_in_cage

    get a book from library on how towrite a CV


    if only it was as easy as that.

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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/22 10:11:44 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Stone

    To those of you who are looking for Graduate Schemes (i.e. 18 months to 2 years training before put in a role), what sites are you using?

    I have:

    milkround
    drjob
    monster
    total jobs
    prospects
    jobserve
    gradssouthwest
    justforgrads
    hobsons

    can you guys add to the list please?



    Guardian Jobs (have a graduate section)
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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/22 10:13:13 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: AJ85

    ahh i might just leave the gcse's off then.. i've done a levels, nvq 3, hnc, hnd & finishing off ba (hons) but i've got a couple of other lil ones like ecdl advanced etc.

    i've been working full time for 3 and a half years but the companies sponsored & given me day release for all of my courses so i'm not really a graduate. I'll ask the gf stone as she's just finished and i'm pretty sure she'll have been advised to use certain sites for uploading the cv to never knew that about the cv's being scanned online for keywords


    Have a section on Education and list those quals, but also have a section on Professional quals and add NVQ (assuming its specific) ECDL etc.

    post edited by matt_1972 - 2007/06/22 10:14:19
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    RE: Concerning cv's 2007/06/22 10:38:11 (permalink)
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    Remember to stay professional and dont use things like:

    "But dont worry, i have a serious side too and like to work hard...."

    "I like to have fun but know how to settle down and work hard"

    etc etc.

    I cant believe people use wording like this in their CV'S , its utterly shocking but ive seen it so many times!. And they wonder why they dont get invited for an interview! You need to come across as professional as possible. Dont use wasteful words, and stick to the point.
    Oh and a personal statement is essential, make sure you have one.
    post edited by Furyan - 2007/06/22 10:39:36

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