A CV should not be a list of everything you have ever done, but a marketing document that should promote your skills and experience relevant to the role that you are applying for. In a quick scan the recruiter should be able to see evidence of your ability to do the job.
Where to start?
We would recommend that you start by looking at our ‘Role Profile’ for the role that you are interested in. Our role profiles can always be found as a downloadable file at the bottom of our job adverts.
Our role profile includes the accountabilities of the role as well as candidate requirements. Ensure that you use any relevant experience and examples of work or skills in your CV that match the requirements for the role.
What to include?
There is no definitive right or wrong way to write a CV but if you follow the structure below you will ensure that you are not missing out any key information.
Ensure that your name is the heading of your CV
Include contact information – mobile number and email address
You may want to include a link to your LinkedIn profile and/or any other relevant professional accounts
You should avoid including – date of birth, gender, marital status, age, photograph
Keep this section brief, maximum of 4-5 sentences
Tailor this section to be relevant for the role you are applying for
Emphasise key skills and experience that make you a good fit for the role
Summarise all your work experience in reverse chronological order (most recent first)
Include - the dates of employment, company employed by, job title, responsibilities & key achievements within the role
Ensure that any relevant experience linked to the role that you are applying for is given in more detail than non-relevant experience
Skills & Qualifications
List any other skills and qualifications that you have achieved that are relevant to the role (use our role profile to guide you)
Summarise all education in reverse chronological order
Include places of study, course titles and grades achieved
If you are yet to complete your education include any predicted grades that you have been provided
You may want to include a short section providing information on your interests or skills outside of work
Provide names, job title, organisation and contact details for references from your 2 most recent employers OR simply state ‘references available upon request’
Ensure that you have got permission from your references to provide their contact details
Layout and formatting
Before submitting your CV ensure that you have done the following:
Used an appropriate and professional font
Consistently formatted your CV throughout
Avoided using unnecessary graphics, tables, coloured font and italics
Used bullet points where appropriate to avoid lengthy paragraphs
Kept your CV length to a maximum of two sides
Avoided unnecessary acronyms and abbreviations
Proof-read your CV
Saved your CV in a ‘Word’ or ‘PDF’ file format with an appropriate title
For further support and guidance on applying for a role with us at Portakabin please contact our recruitment team via the following email address - email@example.com