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post Oct 2 2005, 03:44 PM
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Okay! I'm applying for a part-time job, working in a small chain of music/DVD shops called Fopp!. So now I have to write a CV and covering letter.

I have never done this before.

So, what's supposed to go on one of these things? How hard should I sell myself? How should I lay it out? What goes on the CV and what goes on the covering letter? Help please!

Advice from UK forumites will be particularly helpful - much as I love you, Americans, Australians and Andorrans, I believe your CVs are different from ours.


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post Oct 2 2005, 04:34 PM
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From http://www.cvtips.com/

A CV or curriculum vitae is a marketing tool. With your CV you will be able to promote yourself. Imagine the CV as being a brochure that will list the benefits of a particular service. The service being your time and skills! When writing a CV look at it from your employers point of view. Would you stand out against the competition (the other candidates) and would the manager want to talk you for a possible job? You have to ask yourself these questions when writing your CV or curriculum vitae.


Networking and interviewing are essential for your job hunt and your CV is just the first step in the job search. However a CV will be your first contact with potential employers and will open the door. If you are invited for an interview you would then be in a position to explain and expand on what is in your CV.

A CV is an essential tool in your job search. When applying for a vacancy you generally first have to send your CV to present yourself to the prospective employer.

this probally doen't help in the slightest so sorry, but good luck anyway!


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Your covering letter should say:

I don't want no Fop; I'm a Dapper Dan man!

The semi-colon will impress them.

Err...

Name
DOB
Address
Phone number
Email address

Brief summary of your personality, highlighting traits that are relevant to the job you're applying for, eg. punctuality, customer experience, approachable, friendly attitude. Three or four lines is fine.

Employment history. Don't include paper-rounds! If there are big gaps then put in what you were doing during that time, eg. preparing for exams. That last bit is optional, but see what it looks like.

Education history (schools attended and exams taken/results). Only list the latest results and important ones, ie. give full A-levels, but only give the number of A-C GCSEs and mention that they include Maths and English (assuming that they do))

Give two referees, preferably one professional who has worked with you previously and known you for several years and one character reference.

Brief summary of interests relevant to the job, eg. going to live music, finding new bands, discussing films with friends online.

Sign it, date it.

Generally it should appear in that order.

You might also want to mention:

Inside leg measurement

Preferred name for pets

Any super-abilities

Any international recognition you have achieved, especially during early wars of the 20th century. Everyone loves a war hero.

No CV needs to be longer than two pages of A4. Print around font size 11. Size 12 can look a bit big and childish, size 10 is a bit too small. Use your judgement on how it looks. This is also a good thing to think about when handing in essays at uni. Seriously, I knew a lecturer who admitted that the font size probably did effect the grade he gave an essay. Scary stuff...


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post Oct 2 2005, 05:15 PM
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Yes, the fact of having no employment history at all is probably not a help when looking for work...


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post Oct 2 2005, 05:15 PM
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Over all keep it a shorts as possible 3 pages at the very most keep t to 2 pages if possible. Get the really interesting stuff on the fron t page because interviews at first look will only check that out they will only go further if there interested in interviewing you. Use bullet point rather than writting paragraph they want the information about you as easily accessible as possible. If you want I can send you a copy of mine so you can see the lay out and type of information. I had a lot of very usefull and informative help when originally drafting it and it's very easy to update and generally got me the interview even if I didn't get the job.


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post Oct 2 2005, 11:16 PM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Oct 2 2005, 06:15 PM)
Yes, the fact of having no employment history at all is probably not a help when looking for work...
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I got a job without any prior experience. My work at Guy's hospital I couldn't find a name of superior, phone number, address or anything so I just left it out, next to my Paper Round which I left in, there was nothing.

A lot of them hiring you would be more towards the person you are if you're working in a shop, so go a little further to impress them character wise. To loosely quote the guy who hired me, I was having doubts as to why he did, he said "Theres a bajillion and one people with qualifications and work experience, but I look for the person rather than the experience. Yes you may have worked in a busy club for years and have that experience, but thats not for our pub."

So blergh, I ran out of things to say that would help a long time ago. Hope it helps ish.


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post Oct 4 2005, 04:05 PM
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What exactly am I supposed to use for a character reference?


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post Oct 4 2005, 04:10 PM
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Do you have an old teacher you could ask to be your referance?


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post Oct 4 2005, 08:00 PM
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I'll show you what to use for a character referance, oh baby, oh baby wink.gif



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I found this CV builder incredibly helpful! I was totaly clueless; this just asks you info, you put it in, then save it off and bam, there's your CV laugh.gif
http://www.reed.co.uk/cvbuilder.aspx
Hope that helps and it isn't too late!


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