Equine Transition #2 - Page 11

april 2019 | cv tips

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Writing Your First CV

If you’re starting your career and creating your first CV, all of the above still applies. Start to build up your work experience section with any intern positions, part-time work, weekend work or any voluntary work. It’ll obviously be light, so try to make the most of the other sections. Add in a skills section, and list skills such as horse care, IT skills, interpersonal, communication, organisational skills and so on. You could also add in a hobbies and interest section. All this will help you get as much information across as possible to assist recruiters in realising you have a great work ethic and that you’re perfect for their position. Many organisations are looking for hardworking, trainable people, who’ll fit well in their team, so if you can demonstrate this you’ll have a headstart!

Keep it up to Date

Once you’ve got your CV in place, as much as possible, try and keep it and your online profiles up to date. This saves last minute rushing when your head might not be in the most positive mindset and prevents any online profile updates causing raised eyebrows following moments of work-related stress! Keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date also ensures your current skills are known to any potential employers viewing your profile.

Covering Letters

Applications requiring covering letters might be less common than they once were, however, it’s well worth having a draft ready in advance, so you can include it wherever possible. Taking the time to express a few key points through a covering letter demonstrates that you’re prepared to put in the effort, that you’re serious about the application and gives you another opportunity to get across your suitability and enthusiasm for the position. Keep it brief, just a few paragraphs on one page and summarise a few key points to reaffirm your relevant experience and suitability for the job.