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Re: Building your CV
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2008, 10:08:33 PM »
I have crappy A levels, partly due to experienced mental health problems and an undiagnosed learning difficulty  :-[

Should I leave them on, or just have my degree as education?

Also, most of my work experience has been in bars, although my last two jobs haven't. I have a lot of voluntary experience, especially with campaigning, events organising, fundraising and some working with young people...

Yet everywhere states that i do not have enough experience. I just don't know where to start!


(I am going to work in not for profit and am considering just doing admin until I know where I wanna specialise)

Hi Glitcho

I'd leave the A levels on, if you passed them, but leave the grades off. If you didn't pass, but you still want to get over that you studied the subject, put a list of 'other subjects studied'. You can always voice over at interview, though I'd be surprised if they ask about your A levels, as you have a degree already.

As to your experience, it sounds as though you need a creatively designed CV rather than a traditional one. Nobody (other than the odd recruiter with a pickle up his ass) is going to mind getting something unconventional  as opposed to a conventional one. The important thing is that it tells them what they need to know to make a good hiring decision. It also gives you enormous scope to create something that's specifically tailored to the sector - even the employer - you want to work for.

Think about what you want to tell people about yourself. Brainstorm all the things you want to get across, and then group them in some way - eg 'people skills' 'organisational skills', 'campaigning skills', 'key achievements'. I usually say don't put referees on a CV, but I'd completely break that rule if your experience is voluntary - it adds so much credibility if you haven't been formally employed in that area before.

If your work experience is so far removed from what you want to do that it's literally irrelevant then create a section toward the end labelled 'keeping the money coming in' and summarise it there. Any recruiter worth their salt will see immediately that you've been working a job and doing the volunteer stuff too, and that will be seen as positive.

Loads of good luck!

Whippy



« Last Edit: May 13, 2008, 10:13:00 PM by Whippy »
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Re: Building your CV
« Reply #16 on: Sep 02, 2008, 08:15:45 PM »
I have a sort of cv related question - if I send my cv to an agency, they do have to maintain confidentiality don't they? Ie, if someone at the recruitment agency was personal friends with my boss,  they wouldnt be able to say that I was looking for a new job?  :-X

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Re: Building your CV
« Reply #17 on: Sep 05, 2008, 10:12:42 AM »
Hi Dubby,

I can understand your concern.

All agencies are supposed to handle all applications in confidence. Its not just against a moral code but its bad for business not to. Talent is a commodity just like money these days, and competition is stiff to get the right person.

However, humans are just that - human. Humans make mistakes and they accede to temptation. Agency codes of practice are not as strong or binding as something like the Official Secrets Act.

Two things here, one is that there are literally hundreds of agencies out there, so unless this agency is working with a specific employer, or marketing a specific vacancy that you want, perhaps choose another agency to go with.

The other is that you can be overt about your concern. Front up the agency person youre dealing with and say, there may be people in your agency who are acquainted with people I currently work with. Please can you give me your personal assurance that my details will stay confidential?

Getting a personal undertaking ups the moral obligation - it draws into specific focus that confidentiality is important to you. If they wont give that obligation openly, willingly and without making you feel like a fusspot, dont go with them.

Hopefully, I will be posting some job hunting tips here soon. Im putting together a website for job hunters, so I hope GBers wont mind me testing more material out on them before it goes live!

Whippy
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Re: Building your CV
« Reply #18 on: Feb 17, 2009, 07:22:38 PM »
An update on services:

I am still working on CVs, but nowadays I'm based in Blackpool, so I work mainly by email and phone. I work mainly at weekends.

I charge 50/hour and a good CV will take about 4 hours, assuming you have a good idea of what kinds of jobs you'd like to apply for, and a framework of information - your qualifications, a rough list of any relevant training including the year you did it, dates you were with employers and so on.

I can also coach by phone or msn, and have coached a number of people on job searching in the last few months. Coaching is 40/hour.

Whippy
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Re: Building your CV
« Reply #19 on: Aug 30, 2009, 10:02:25 PM »

Dear Whippy,

Mega thanx for the thread.
I find the info compact, informative and valuable.

Best regards,
Ellie

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Re: Building your CV
« Reply #20 on: Sep 27, 2009, 08:33:38 PM »
You know, I've been re-writing my CV from scratch this afternoon following this advice and already I am well chuffed with the result of page 1!

Thank you, Whippy, and I may well be in touch regarding some coaching.

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Re: Building your CV
« Reply #21 on: Dec 06, 2010, 09:52:03 AM »
i want to re-do my CV or get it looked at by someone for a professional perspective on content, structure, layout etc.

any ideas ?

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Re: Building your CV
« Reply #22 on: Oct 02, 2015, 05:29:07 PM »
Hey,

Surprisingly, when I took a gap year trip to South America, I had no idea that the skills I had learned would help me get a job when I put it on my CV! Later on, my boss told me that they were impressed that I had done some travelling and the fact that I spent 10 weeks in a volunteer abroad program.

I was just going for the experience and opportunity to travel and meet new people, but they were really impressed with what I had done while I was there. I went through http://theleap.co.uk/gap-year-travel/south-america/ if anyone is interested in seeing what they do and what kind of programs they offer.

There are of course many other companies that offer similar programs as this one, but this is the one that I tried and loved! My manager said that they get tons of very educated people applying, but few applicants have any transferrable skills or experience, and therefore do not deem them as hireable applicants. I was a little surprised by this, but anyway, I guess any work experience--paid or volunteer--could help you get a job.