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12 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. CV Basics

    • 3. Personal Profile Part 1

    • 4. Personal Profile Part 2

    • 5. Work Experience Part 1

    • 6. Work Experience Part 2

    • 7. Education & Qualifications

    • 8. Skills & Abilities

    • 9. Notable Experiences & Personal Achievements

    • 10. Hobbies

    • 11. References

    • 12. Recap

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In the world of business, having a CV is a vital tool so that you can seek employment. In this course, we're going to explore every part of a CV in detail. We'll focus on the key skills you should add to your CV to impress employers, and some of the regular mistakes that you should avoid. 

This course is designed for people of all levels - whether you're seeking employment in a new country, or looking to fine tune your CV to impress new employers, you'll find some great tips and advice to help you build a winning CV. 

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Jade Ball

Business Consultant & English Teacher


Hello, I'm Jade and I create online courses to help you build confidence in business and improve your English language.

I am a native English and have spent 10 years working with various non-native speakers, so I know the pitfalls in pronunciation! My experience has helped me to develop a series of courses full of hints and tips to help making learning English a fun and productive process. 

I have also spent the last decade building my own business, and now offer my own independent business coaching for all levels. The courses I have developed focus on the key skills needed in business, whatever your position, in order to be successful. Each course is curated using my own experience and are easily digestible by focusing on the fundamentals. 


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1. Introduction : in the UK The first step in applying for employment is to submit a CV for the perspective company To review A C V is usually a one or two page document, which gives a detailed but concise overview of your overview of your past employment skills and abilities and your personal profile. Since the C V is the first thing an employer will see, it's really important to make sure your CV has a positive impact and shows exactly why they should employees. This course is perfect for native and non native speakers of English, and we're going to learn how to put together a C V. You'll learn about the different parts that you'll need to include in your CV, and I'll also go over some of the key phrases employers look for. Another useful thing will be looking at as some of the common mistakes that people make so you can avoid them and make your CV stunned out from the crowd. As I said, whether you're fluent in the English language or still learning this course will help you develop a standout CV fit for any job application. Asian 2. CV Basics: Let's start with looking at some CV basics Number one. Choose a clear and legible fund for your document. Some good examples are aerial in Calibri, which are both available in the majority of word processing processing applications. Using an overly cursive font, commit your CV hard to read or less professional fund may give the wrong impression. Number two. Be consistent with your layout. Be sure that the document looks inviting to read and paragraphs of spaced out nicely and number three. Keep it brief and relevant. Stick to two pages as a maximum and leave some things to be desired in the interview. 3. Personal Profile Part 1: next, we're going to take a look at your personal profile. Your personal profile would consist of both your contact information and a personal statement about yourself. It's really important that you include your It's really important that you include your name, address of residence on die there, a phone number or email address or both, preferably that the employer can use to contact you on. Should they wish to progress your application, make sure this information is easily accessible. If your employer needs to hunt within the document, they may not bother at all. Remember that potential employers are using your CV to check for professionalism, so make sure your email address doesn't seem immature or even rude. Oftentimes, we use the same email address that we create in school, which may have seemed funny at the time, but it caught some potential employers off. Well, even offend them. It's best to stick to a standard email address. Typically, just your full name. Consider setting up a new email address. If you're concerned that your current 1 may not fit the requirements, you can also choose to optionally include some of the following information on your profile . But it's not mandatory your date of birth, your gender, a photo of yourself, your ethnicity and any languages you speak. You will then need to add a personal statement directly underneath this information. A personal statement typically comprises of one or two paragraphs. It can be longer if required, but try to keep this concise and to the point. It certainly doesn't need to be an essay. You can choose to write this in the first or third person. For example, the first person would read. I am swear the and organized, whereas the third person would read. John is a trustworthy and organized individual. Traditionally, CVS were written in the third person, as this was perceived to be more formal and professional. These days, however, it's nothing more than personal preference. Rinse, and it can often seem more natural to write about yourself in the third person. A personal profile should give your potential employer a short insight into why you're a good fit for the role you are applying for and show your profile is full of positivity and enthusiasm. It should not highlight any weaknesses 4. Personal Profile Part 2: as a guide, your personal profile will need to include at least one example of each of the following. Number one Skills and abilities, for example. Leadership and management skills. Management skills fluent in multiple languages. Web design skills number two personal qualities. For example, An excellent communicator. Creative self motivated, a team player. Disciplined, enthusiastic, passionate. Number three work experience. For example. I have five years experience in the education industry. My previous roles give me an excellent understanding of the retail industry. I have an extensive background in engineering. I have recently graduated with a healthcare degree, and I'm looking to start my career in nursing and finally number four career goals and ambitions. For example, I am looking for a long term opportunity. I am seeking a role which will allow me to grow and further my career in the catering industry. Patient care is something I'm extremely passionate about, and I am seeking an opportunity to commence my career in nursing. Let's explore a few profiles we can build based on the examples we've just looked at. I am a creative, self motivated person with five years experience in the education industry. Together with this experience, I have also perfected my management and leadership skills. I am now seeking a role which will allow me to grow and further my career as a head teacher . Having recently graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in primary health, I am now seeking an opportunity to commence my career in nursing well, so this is a new venture for me. Nursing is an industry that I am very passionate about. I consider myself an excellent communicator and influencer fluent in multiple foreign languages to further enhance my interpersonal skills. John has a great team player, a key skill for working in the retail industry, of which he has several years experience. He is an enthusiastic, self motivated and disciplined individual ritual with a natural flair for helping people. He seeks a long term opportunity in a supervisory role in the retail industry. Remember, try not to include bullet points in your profile, as this can come across as lazy to potential employers 5. Work Experience Part 1: work experience. Past experience in similar roles is often crucial for employers, so listing your past work experience is really important. Try to ensure there are no gaps in your history where possible, where possible. If you have taken a professional break, for example, to take care of Children or to go troubling, be certain to note this in your timeline. Having big gaps in your work experience can sometimes throw doubts into your dedication and long term career eagles. Your list just should be in chronological order with your most recent role at the start working backwards whilst it is important to include a comprehensive timeline of your past experience. If you have a wealth of past work experience spanning many decades, it can make this list quite exhausting to read. In this case, you can choose to include up to a certain year, adding a note that historical experience beyond this point is available upon request. When listing your experience, you can use bullet points to give a brief overview of your role and duties, being sure to highlight most relevant and important parts. It's not necessary to do this for every rule to as some things may be self explanatory or completely irrelevant to the role you're applying for. For example, if you're applying for a job as a teacher, it wouldn't be necessary to detail list of your duties, and a previous role is a retail assistant. In contrast, they having previous roles as a supervisor or team leader would be looked upon very favorably. Those it would be worth. While expanding upon these, be sure to include the company you worked for, your job title and the dates of employment In your overview. You can also choose to include the reason you left the role, but be sure that this won't have a negative impact. For example, if your employment was terminated by the company. 6. Work Experience Part 2: Let's take a look at these examples of key roles and duties. Health care Assistant Example. Healthcare 2010 To present. Communicate between healthcare perfect between health care professionals and patients. Provide emotional support and safeguarding for vulnerable patients. Enhance knowledge of pharmaceutical trucks. Marketing manager Creative Events. August 2019 to December 2019. Oversee a team of marketing assistance, pitch new concepts and ideas to board members. Support Web development Team in S E O and branding reason for leaving maternity cover only . Sales person. ABC Cars November 2008 Toe. August 2010. Exceeded individual targets three months in a row. Built a report with new customers. Mental new apprentices in the role reasons and believing to pursue long term career goals. Take a look at the freezers I've highlighted. These are excellent examples of including powerful keywords into your work history and, sure, the language he uses Professional considered my Synonyms Mountain IMS course to find more exciting words to use here. Remember, this doesn't have to be restricted to paid employment. You can also include details of any voluntary work you've been to taken as well as personal roles, such as being a home carer or baby sitting. If you're struggling to bull counting. CB 7. Education & Qualifications: education and qualifications similar to your past work experience. Listing your education and qualifications should be done in chronological order, often times just a simple there. Just a simple list of your qualifications and education will suffice for certain rules. They You may find it useful to expand a little further, but it's not absolutely necessary. However, if you're lacking in work experience, it would be wise to elaborate a little more on your academic studies. Remember, your CV is showcasing your best assets. So if there are certain exam grades or qualifications, which are not to your best standard, it isn't mandatory for you to include them. Instead, consider expanding into a little more detail on your other qualifications. What aspects of the course did you particularly enjoy? We'll find most helpful in your line of work? Or are there any further qualifications that you would aspire to achieve or currently working towards, including these details will demonstrate your commitment to self improvement and willingness to learn 8. Skills & Abilities: skills and abilities we touched upon, including some of your key skills and abilities in your personal profile at the beginning of your CV. This section allows you to both expand upon those aforementioned skills at in those aforementioned skills on dimension additional abilities, which are irrelevance in the interests of not overpowering potential employers. Onda having something to talk about in the interview This section should simply be a short , bullet pointed list of key skills. You think irrelevant to the role you're applying to avoid adding chunky paragraphs here and opt for brief, concise sentences instead. If you upload your CV to an online library for employers to search and find a suitable candidate, bear in mind that these search tools have built in algorithms to find CVS's matching certain key words or phrases. This makes the skills and abilities section one of the most important sections to your Stevie. It helps you get your foot in the door, so to speak. It's really important that you researched the key skills that employers look for in the role you're applying to. A quick Google search will present you with quite the lengthy list. So pick out commonalities across the articles word to the wise. They be certain that you do possess the skills and abilities you abd your CV, since she will be questioned about them in the interview. For example, if you can speak basic big basic French, do not translate this into fluent in French on your CV, since you may get caught out speaking basic French is a skill in itself. So don't be too concerned that your skills do not need the grade. Employers will be more appreciative of your honesty. There are some universal skills that are sort after in the world of business, too. These are called soft skills as they're useful in all industries. If you're struggling to list more specific skills, consider adding some of the following self motivated team player. Ambitious, critical thinking, public speaking leadership, customer service. Organized, dedicated, effective and adapted communication. Both written and verbal computer skills, multi tasking meeting deadlines 9. Notable Experiences & Personal Achievements: notable experiences and personal achievements. This section is optional and can also be packaged in with your work experience. If preferred notable experiences can include says can include a situation you were proud of the way you handled, for example, the way you responded when your company was victim to a cyberattack, resulting in urgent information being inaccessible for some time, meeting a strict deadline or target either individually or as part of a team. Rare and interesting opportunities that you can use those talking points in an interview, such as being commissioned to do work for the Olympics or working on an overseas project. Any charity fundraising you have taken part in, or charity where you work you've helped out with, and finally, any personal achievements that you're proud off, for example, overcoming a serious illness or losing a large amount of weight. The key thing to remember here is relatability. Make sure the experiences or achievements he mentioned here are in some way relatable to the role you're looking for. For example, overcoming a cyber attack at your last company will demonstrate your ability to work under pressure and your critical thinking skills. That being said, personal achievements are just that personal, so they may not have a huge amount of relevance but helped to show your human side. And whilst some things may seem a great achievement to you, consider how they will be perceived by an employer to, for example, learning to knit may have taken you a long time to perfect, but it may not, may not be as impressionable as learning a new language is unless, of course, you're looking for a role in the textiles industry. 10. Hobbies: hobbies. This is another optional section, which may appeal to those with less work experience. In order to demonstrate their character, try not to write more than a couple of sentences in this section, since it's since it's not always appearing to prospective employers. It very much depends on the industry you're looking at applying to as to whether they will look favorably on your interests of cooking. Running, including a couple of sentences, will demonstrate your human side to an employer without overloading them with unnecessary information. Save the discussions on your favorite recipes for your lunch break. Going back to relatability, though there certainly some benefit and including hobbies such as Web design or video. Griffey if these will be useful tools in the roles you're applying to. 11. References: references. The final section on your CV will be references. Traditionally, you should provide contact information for two references when applying for a job. A character reference. Onda professional reference friends. A character reference could be someone who knows you well on a personal level and can attest to your good character. Avoid using spouses or family members as references, though, since they may be biased in their opinions. A close friend, teacher Neitz or business acquaintances are all acceptable character references. A professional reference is usually your current or previous employer, preferably current. But if you do wish to provide details of a previous employer instead, try to ensure they have worked with quite recently in your professional experience. If you're concerned about providing the details of your current employer as a reference, for example, if they are unaware that you are applying for a new job, it's perfectly acceptable to choose to remove references from your Stevie. In this instance, you would simply add the sentence references available upon request. This means the employee can contact you for that contact details at a later stage in the application process should they require them 12. Recap: now that we've covered each of the elements to receive a let's take a quick recap it some of the key rules you should stick to so that your C V is top of the pile number one. Try not to try not to overload your CB with so much information that it becomes a chore to read it. Remember, you will have the opportunity to expand further on some of the points you have made in your CV. So whilst it's important to highlight your achievements and capabilities, be sure to leave yourself some room to discuss thes further in an intern interview without having to simply repeat yourself. Number two. And show that your contact details are up to date on your personal profile and that your email addresses professional number three. Be consistent in your past work experts and make sure any gaps in your work history or clarified Number four. Keep your work history, education and qualifications sections concise. You'll have the opportunity to expand on these in your interview. Number five Research. The touch The key skills that are required for the role you're applying to number six only include notable experiences and hobbies that you feel will be well received by a prospective employer. Number seven. Be certain that the information you're detail ing is relatable to the role you're applying for number eight. Don't lie or bend the truth. You may be caught out in interview and finally number nine and show you have two dependable references that you can use if requested.