Writing a Great CV – Dos and Don’ts
Spell out your achievements
Detail your strengths in your personal statement
Use key words related to the job you want
Include links to your work that’s accessible online
Detail your IT Skills
Only list responsibilities
Include generic and overused terms
Forget to check spelling and grammar
Criticise your previous employers
Beyond the basics – getting your CV noticed
For more information on writing a CV which will get you noticed. Please visit the resources page to download the free writing a CV guide as well as CV templates.
I approached Fay asking for help in writing a new CV after applying for jobs and not being selected for interview. What I felt was a complication was that I was changing career, seeking a role in Accounting, rather than Education.
Fay showed me I had skills that I hadn’t mentioned in my previous CV, which should be included. She emphasised the Accounting qualifications I had recently gained and gave my CV a fresh, modern look to help it stand out from other applicants. I used the updated CV (and newfound confidence) to apply for the exact role I was looking for. I was offered an interview immediately and was offered the job.
Fay is a fantastically positive and enthusiastic career coach who guided me through my job search process from start to finish, and enabled me to land my dream role. From exploring my key strengths to establishing the right career path for me and improving my CV, Fay was brilliant at every stage of the process. Towards the end of my consultation with Fay I was offered two fantastic jobs, in roles I may not have considered without her guidance and encouragement along the way. Fay is a pleasure to work with and great at what she does – I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Fay helped me prepare for an interview for a more senior role and a move into an area of HR that I hadn’t worked in before. She was friendly, helpful and ensured I was fully up to date with recent changes in legislation that would directly impact the role I was interviewing for. Having this knowledge helped me feel confident when interviewing and proved to be a key factor in getting the job.
Fay’s HR knowledge was invaluable when I needed to prepare for an interview. She realised that the questions I was going to be asked were likely to be connected to the competencies described in the job description for the role. We practised answers I could give to a range of possible questions. This meant that when I was in the interview I felt calm and well prepared and following the interview, I was offered the job. I’d recommend her to anyone who needs help with their career.
Having known Fay since my time in recruitment I had no hesitations in asking for support when deciding to change career path. I have been coached by firm but positive reinforcement to make the decisions and changes to make this happen.
Being exceptionally experienced within the HR sector, Fay will provide very sound guidance.
Whether it’s to build confidence, write a professional CV, teach networking skills… Fay will be more than able to guide you. She did just that for me. Thank you Fay!
Fay has been a great help in giving me direction and focus and making my ideas measurable. As a result I have gone on to get a job that suits me and my lifestyle – I now have the confidence to plan ahead and think big as I truly now know my worth and what I have to offer. Fay is a positive and effective force! She is inspirational, supportive & motivational in the most endearing way, I would not hesitate to use her again.
Fay delivered an inspiring presentation at Kingston University to the undergraduate students on ‘Networking’ at the end of last year. As I sat in audience I also felt inspired by her words and insights and as a result now look at Networking in quite a different way. She is incredibly personable and has a warmth about her that draws you in immediately. I decided to sign up to some coaching with Fay. I found it incredibly helpful having her as a sounding board at a time when I wasn’t sure of my next steps. The exercises she gave me as preparation were thought provoking, her positivity and insights she brought to the session left me feeling empowered and clearer what I should do next. As a result it has brought new adventures and a sense of excitement back into my work/life again. Thank you Fay!