The Oban Times - - Recruitment -

AR­GYLL and Lochaber of­fer a wide range of ca­reer paths, from man­ual to pro­fes­sional, and every­thing in be­tween. Our re­cruit­ment guide is a great way to find va­can­ciesas well as get ideas for jobs that might suit you. For those look­ing to get into the world of work for the first time, we also fea­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties for trainees and ap­pren­tices. The first step in ap­ply­ing for that dream job or ap­pren­tice­ship is pre­par­ing a re­sume, or CV. Whether up­dat­ing a cur­rent CV or start­ing from scratch, My World of Work sug­gests us­ing the fol­low­ing check­list to make sure every­thing is cov­ered.

1. Con­tact de­tails

It’s im­por­tant to pro­vide a range of up-to­date con­tact op­tions in­clud­ing your home ad­dress, your main phone num­ber and your email ad­dress to make it easy for em­ploy­ers to get in touch with you.

2. Em­ploy­ment his­tory

Make sure to in­clude the jobs that are rel­e­vant to the po­si­tion you are ap­ply­ing for. If you haven’t had much rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence, you may want to in­clude your en­tire work his­tory.

3. Ed­u­ca­tion and qual­i­fi­ca­tions

Your ed­u­ca­tion and qual­i­fi­ca­tions may not be di­rectly re­lated to the job you are ap­ply­ing for, but they’re still im­por­tant achieve­ments that any em­ployer will want to see.

4. Skills and strengths

Em­pha­sis­ing your skills and strengths is vi­tal when writ­ing a CV. A strength is some­thing you’re nat­u­rally good at. A skill is some­thing you ac­quire with ed­u­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence. Make sure to demon­strate how your skills and strengths will help you to do well in the job.

5. Your per­son­al­ity

Your CV should fol­low a fairly stan­dard for­mat and the in­ter­view is where your per­son­al­ity is re­ally im­por­tant, but you can still stand out from the crowd with the lan­guage you use.

6. A pri­ori­tised lay­out

The way you lay out your CV will de­pend on your age and work ex­pe­ri­ence level. If you have don’t have much work ex­pe­ri­ence or you’re look­ing for a ca­reer change, you should place your skills and strengths sec­tion be­fore em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

7. A good sim­ple for­mat

Un­less you’re go­ing for a highly cre­ative job, get­ting too fancy with fonts and bor­ders will only take the fo­cus from the im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion in your CV.

8. Good spell­ing and punc­tu­a­tion

There’s no room for poor spell­ing and punc­tu­a­tion in either your cover let­ter or your CV. Spell check should be the very last thing you do be­fore send­ing it off.

9. Ref­er­ences avail­able on re­quest

You don’t have to in­clude ref­er­ences in your CV, but make sure to state at the end of your CV that they are avail­able ‘on re­quest’.

10. A cover let­ter

Most em­ploy­ers will ex­pect a cover let­ter with your CV. It gives you a chance to get across your per­son­al­ity, am­bi­tion and to ex­plain any gaps in your CV.

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