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Having a great CV is a must if you want to get a job interview. Read our useful guides and ensure your CV makes the grade. Don’t forget to try out our Free CV Creator too. You can create a professional CV in minutes!

Untitled design (45)Here at Work for Mums we see lots of CV’s ranging from the very bland to the super sublime.

We’ve been scouring the web for some ingenious ideas which turn traditional CV writing on it’s head. If you want to get noticed and really, really want that job, here are some brilliant CV innovations to get you thinking:

The CV you can eat

Designer Matthew Hirsch designed a chocolate bar CV

“In hopes of striking up a dialogue, while giving these creative directors information about my skill set, I created a Hirschy’s Bar”

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Untitled design (46)A new website has been unveiled to help people looking for employment with their job search.

Rather than having pages crammed full of information, enables users to select a topic such as interviewing, then gives useful tips and sub-tasks/check lists to complete. The simple interface helps to break down each topic area, so you only get relevant results.

Here at WFM we love this fresh simple approach to job search and hope you find this a useful resource.   You can visit the 50 ways to get a job website here:

Untitled design (34)If you are a mum who is returning to the workplace after maternity leave, or career break to raise your children, you may be at a loose end on how to explain the lengthy gap on your CV.

It’s important to cover and address any breaks on your CV in a positive way.  Listed below are some of the many skills mums have.

Mums Transferable Workplace Skills

Untitled design (47)John Willis and Christine Healey of Career Development Associates make some suggestions for what to include on your CV.

Your CV is a very important document, so it’s vital that you get it right.  Here are some things you should always include on your CV.

Personal Statement

Start with a short profile of yourself: something about your key qualities, aims and aspirations. Use positive language – for example:

Honest | Organised | Helpful | Reliable | Capable | Professional | Hard-working | Caring | Punctual | Innovative  | Dynamic | Flexible | Motivated | Efficient | Competent | Trustworthy | Keen | Innovative | Creative | Experienced | Enthusiastic

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Untitled design (48)If you are job searching and applying for jobs, having an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) is essential.

Even if the jobs you are applying for request an Application Form, having your CV to hand will help you to complete your Application Forms more easily, as you will have dates for your employment history and other information in front of you.
A CV gives you more freedom than an Application Form – you can choose what you want to highlight about yourself and your experience, and how you want to present it.

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Untitled design (49)Guest post by Hannah Morton-Hedges, Momentum Careers Advice

What is involved in a CV review?

In most cases, your CV is the barrier to getting face to face contact with potential employers. As such, it remains one of the most crucial elements of anyone’s job search, particularly in the private sector where CVs are very much the standard application process. I am frequently sent emails about the CV review service that I provide. This blog post provides a quick Q&A on some of the main questions I get asked about this service so will hopefully answer any queries you may have:

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Untitled design (50)A cover letter is one of the first things that an employer sees when you are applying for jobs.

It is important to format the letter properly and to keep it concise. The total length of a cover letter should not be more than three paragraphs that are no more than 10 sentences in length. Most of the information that a potential employer needs or wants is in your CV. Your letter is a precursor to your resume. The purpose of writing a cover letter is to entice the potential employer and make them want to read through your CV.  Ideally your covering letter should be typed and printed onto high quality paper like your CV, however if you have neat handwriting and no access to a computer/printer, there is no reason why you shouldn’t hand write a letter.  In fact this may well help it to stand out from the other candidates.

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Untitled design (51)6 Steps To An Awesome CV

Just because you have had jobs in the past and you have a work history does not mean that you are going to be appealing to a new employer.  You have to be willing to work hard on your CV to show potential employers what you can do for them.

Finding a job in today’s economy is not the easiest task.  Most jobs will require a person to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV). When you submit any documentation that gives a background on you, you want it to grab the attention of the reader.

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Untitled design (52)Employers expect that at the top of your CV, underneath your key information (name, address etc.), you have a personal profile, sometimes called a personal statement or career summary.

You need to ensure you market your skills effectively in order to encourage the employer to interview you/recruit you and ensuring you have a punchy, concise and well worded personal profile is a surefire way you can get yourself noticed.   Here are some tips for writing your personal profile:

1. Your profile is only a summary and shouldn’t be any longer than 200 words.  Aim to write between 100 and 150 words for optimum effect

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Untitled design (53)A CV is basically a document that details everything about your education, work experience/career history and training, with a little bit of personality thrown in!  CV stands for Curriculum Vitae and is a Latin expression which can be loosely translated as [the] course of [my] life.

In the UK, CV’s should be no longer than 2 pages long and are typically typed in MS Word and then printed onto plain white or cream paper.

A CV has your name and and contact details in a prominent position at the top of the first page to ensure they stand out.  The first part of the CV is usually your personal profile which is a short paragraph or two giving an insight into your work ethic and personality, this is followed by work experience/career history, qualifications and training, key skills, personal details, hobbies/interests and references from previous employers or tutors.

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