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CV tips and tricks that will get you hired

Creating a CV is a long process, but the end result can secure you that dream internship or job; this article covers the CV tips and tricks to convert your U.S. resume into a U.K.-friendly CV.

The trick is to be honest with yourself about your strengths and how to highlight them. Building a CV is both about landing a job and about learning about yourself. Take your time throughout the process to really grow and your personality will automatically show through in your CV. Recruiters love that. So let’s begin.

Overview

This post helps you build a CV from a blank page. More information on CVs can also be found in my article CV vs. Resume: What’s the Difference and How to Build One.

You will need to include…

  1. The Basics: Your name, address, phone number, and email address
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Education Background
  4. Employment History
  5. Other Activities/Involvement
  6. Skills
  7. Technology Knowledge
  8. Interests/Hobbies
  9. “Referees available upon request”

1. The Basics

The simplest piece of a CV is your main heading including your name and contact information. Though basic, it can also make or break how appealing your CV looks. Use the same font for your name as you’ll use for your headings. Change the color of it to stand out if you’d like, but don’t go crazy.

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2. Personal Statement

The personal statement is your chance to give a recruiter all of your best qualities. The trick is to fit them into 3 to 4 very concise sentences. Build a list of seven of your strengths and find a creative way to work them into a paragraph. Make sure to also include a goal-oriented statement about the position you are hoping to secure or the industry in which you are hoping to work.

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Here’s an example of mine:

A creative yet detail-oriented individual with proven leadership and customer service skills, looking to secure a position in the hospitality and tourism industry whilst expanding my overseas experience. Capable of collaborating on, or leading, projects as a team member or individual to achieve results. Highly self-motivated, outgoing, and bright, with a strong commitment to continual personal and professional development.

3. Education Background

If a recent graduate, this information should be directly after your personal statement. If its been awhile since you finished your degree (or you don’t have a degree) swap this and your employment history.

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4. Employment History

The employment section of a CV follows very similar lines to the U.S. version. Start with your most recent employment and work backwards.

Unlike a resume where you have half a page to list jobs that directly relate to the position for which you are applying, you can include most of your employment history in a CV–without being ridiculous. Avoid listing your high school jobs if you can, unless you held them for four or more years (or are only a freshman in college) and the experience is relevant to the job you want.

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5. Other Activities/Involvement

This section is my favorite. I prefer to combine it with the next section, “Skills” to make it fun and unique.

If you have been very involved outside of school and work, you can go through and list your extracurricular involvement the same way you listed your employment history. If, like me, you were mildly involved and have other skills not related directly to organizations to highlight, follow the information in the next section.

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6. Skills

If you are like me and have strengths not used strictly in organizations, format your CV with your skill as the header and relevant information detailed in bullet points.

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An example from my CV:

Initiative and Innovation

Innovation Challenge, Service Track (2nd place out of 10 teams) | October 2015 – March 2016

  • Worked independently to develop an idea for the Innovation Challenge for a travel company, Gone Rogue Travel Co., that creates custom itineraries based on travelers’ unique bucket lists
  • Designed and built a Wix website in support of the idea, which was assessed by judges

Leadership and Involvement 

Hospitality Student Association – President | August 2015 – May 2016

  • Planned and led meetings to discuss upcoming events and topics within the hospitality industry
  • Collaborated with a team of officers to set and achieve goals for the organisation

7. Tech Knowledge

Have you ever built a website? Are you an absolute whiz with Excel? Anything you feel you are great at should go here. Brownie points if it relates directly to the job (i.e. you are great at Photoshop and you will be doing some photo editing for the company’s website).

If you have any website building experience at all, make sure to list it, even if it is simply customizing your WordPress blog.

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8. Interests/Hobbies

This section allows the recruiter to get to know you a bit more personally.

Why is it important? An employer wants to know if they will actually enjoy working with you. In the U.S., it is taboo to discuss your personal life, but it just makes good sense for a recruiter to know if you’ll mesh with others who work at the company. People’s hobbies are just as telling (if not more telling) than their employment history.

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 Finally…

Before you send in your CV, read through my article CV Extras: Spelling, Formatting + More to make sure you’ve fully Britified your CV.

Cheers and good luck, job hunters!

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