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april 2019 | cv tips

When writing your CV, keep in mind that your main purpose is to get across your relevant experience and suitability for the desired role. Whereas, the employer, wants to get a sense of who you are, your experience and achievements.

Here are a few basic CV tips to help you set yourself apart from the herd...

Make the Basics Outstanding

You’ve got limited space on your CV (maximum two pages) and when you’ve been working a few years you might need to get a little creative to squeeze it all on. Here are the basics to include and how to make them stand out...

Objective / Personal Statement

This is just one paragraph which gives you a chance to convey a bit about you and what you’d like to achieve. The aims you describe here should always match the job you're applying for.

Work Experience

This is an excellent chance to communicate your abilities and the incredible value you’d bring to the role. Instead of detailing dates and duties, talk about your achievements. Duties are dull to read and unnecessary, as the recruiter knows the duties of the role! If you replace that with achievements instead, you’ll be conveying a lot more information. For example, instead of writing...“Duties included mucking out, yard duties, teaching, lecturing and horse care.” You could write…”In addition to daily teaching, yard duties and horse care, I took ownership of the Stage 1 and 2 horse care evening lectures, where I doubled the uptake of participants and increased the pass rate from 81% to 93%.” This demonstrates the same competencies but with far more information. It also conveys a greater level of dedication and commitment to your work.

Education

List your education and qualifications and where possible summarise each with a relevant slant towards the kind of job you’re seeking. For example, if you completed an Equine Science degree, you could pick from a range of modules to highlight your knowledge in a particular area such as nutrition, wound management, anatomy and so on.

Achievements

You don’t need to include this, however, it’s a great chance to share extra information on additional experiences that could set you apart. Such as, voluntary roles, attendance at industry seminars, sporting achievements, relevant memberships or first aid qualifications.

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