Tips on CV writing and how to keep motivated if you are affected by redundancy

Tips on CV writing and how to keep motivated if you are affected by redundancy

Tips on CV writing and how to keep motivated if you are affected by redundancy

By Hali Long

Working in recruitment, I come across a large amount of CV’s on a daily basis. Sending your CV to a prospective employer or recruitment agency is usually the first port of call in a job application process.   Therefore, it is vitally important that you ensure it is highly presentable, up to date, laid out correctly and grammatically perfect. I often come across resumes’ with simple grammatical mistakes, which are not suitable to forward to employers. Here are some tips which you may find helpful;

Tips on CV writing :

–  Don’t rush writing your CV. Take your time and start from scratch if updating it. Read it through, re-read it and then again. It is often worth asking someone else to look at it, if nothing else, to proof read and if need be, edit.  

–  Start your CV with an introduction/brief paragraph about yourself. Make it stand out to a potential employer, stating what your strengths and attributes are. This is your chance to shine!

–  Make sure all your jobs are listed in chronological order, with the most recent first. Furthermore, always list the dates of each period of employment, including the month and the year. This is important to employers, so that they can see how long you have been in each position.

–   Always explain any gaps in employment as employers will ask!

–  If you have moved around a fair bit, between jobs, it may be helpful to state your reason for leaving each position, especially if you have only been in the role for say one or two years or less. It may be that it was a temporary position, or you may have been made redundant or had to relocate, and if this is the case, if you mention that briefly, alongside the job title and dates of that particular job, it may increase your chances of being offered an interview.

–  Be precise, honest and always check and double check your grammar and punctuation! This makes a huge difference.

–  Ensure the text is all presented with the same format throughout the CV.

–  Try not to make your CV too lengthy. This could lead to an employer not reading it all, especially if they have lots of applications. Some employers only have the time to initially ‘scan’ CV’s before potentially short-listing, hence the importance of making it stand out!

–  Last but not least, ensure your cover letter is equally as impressive. Make sure that you have read in detail the job spec and adapted your cover letter for that particular role. Once again, don’t forget to check the all-important spelling, grammar etc etc.

–  Don’t forget, we offer advice on CV writing, so please get in touch if you require help!

How to keep motivated if affected by redundancy.   

Unfortunately, due to these uncertain and challenging times, inevitably redundancy has sadly become the norm for many. This can lead to a vast array of emotions; worry, insecurity, fear, amongst others.   Whilst easier said than done, keeping upbeat, positive and motivated is vitally important. With fear of the unknown, it is easy to slip into that downward spiral of negative thinking, which then snowballs. The following tips/advice may help you;

–  Try and keep structure to your day. Put your alarm on and wake up at the same time as you would have started work. This way you can get on with job searching and submitting those applications asap and do your research!

–   Don’t take rejections personally. Look on them, that it wasn’t the right job for you and move on.  Try not to become disillusioned, instead let it make you more motivated and determined to find that right job for you, it is out there!

–   Be determined, patient and persevere. Remember that old saying, ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.’ 

–  If you have been in a particular industry for a while and fearful about changing course, don’t be! If you write down and look at all your skill sets, I am sure you will come to realise that many of these are transferable to other industries and genres. For example, if you’ve been in sales in the travel industry for years, you can use these sales skills elsewhere perhaps?  Look at other job sectors which interest you.  Look on it as a challenge, to have a change, and try something fresh and new. Even if it does not work out how you wanted, at least you tried, and after all you’ll never know unless you try! That is just one example, but so many skills are adaptable in multiple industries; marketing, product management, business development, customer service, operations, to name but a few. So what are you waiting for …get researching, adapt your CV, and go for it! The world is your oyster, as the saying goes.

–  If between jobs, searching for roles, or just in limbo, why not take this time to think about new skills you could acquire? Is there something that you’ve always wanted to learn or train in, but never got round to it, or had the time or the right opportunity? Maybe now is that time? With many courses part-time and online, now could be the perfect time to enroll on that course that you’ve always dreamt of? Be it a short course, diploma, or degree, one can never underestimate the value of higher education.  It is a valuable asset, you are investing in yourself, your future, and it not only increases your earning potential, but more importantly, continued learning keeps your brain healthy. After all, learning is essential to our existence, it nourishes our minds, and studies have found that continued learning throughout our lives, improves self-esteem, optimism, belief in our abilities and has also been shown to help with mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.   

–   Alternatively, you may be currently in a role that you are appreciative for, yet no longer enjoy. If this is the case, think about what you really would like to do? What is your passion? What do you feel you would excel at? We spend such a large percentage of our lives’ working, therefore it is so important that we are doing something which we love, which interests and excites us! If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t give up! Life is too short.

– I’ll finish with one of my favorite quotes from the late Steve Job’s. It was hard to choose just one of his, as so many of his readings’ make perfect sense to me, yet this one I feel, sums it all up perfectly. 

– Good Luck! 

As Steve Jobs once said; “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”