Our CV Writing Advices
The difference between getting that job offer and receiving yet another rejection could be down to how good (or bad) your CV is; or at least how it appears to be. Hiring managers tend to spend very little time reading through each CV they come across, especially in the social work industry, where managers are busy enough as it is! For entry level workers, nailing that perfect CV can be a tough challenge. How many pages to use? What information to keep in and what information to cut out? Should you add a picture of yourself?
Based on our experience, there a few things we’ve noticed about CV writing that seem to help get you one step closer to your dream role. Read below to see our advice on what you should be considering before sending your CV out!
Keep It Relevant
The style, content and layout of your CV is always strongly linked to the kind of job you hope to obtain. It is therefore no different when it comes to working with social work. When writing the CV, regardless of the job you apply to, always remember to keep the information as relevant as possible. The experience you got from that last summer internship, great stuff to add. The grades you got in high school however, not that relevant. Things that are usually highly relevant no matter what include
- Work experience (both paid and unpaid),
- Higher education achievements (make sure to show you’ve got the required qualifications for the role!)
- A brief personal statement (who you are and what are your life goals)
- Your set of skills (speak another language? Know how create websites? Experience managing events? Write it down!)
- Know your stuff (prove you know what the job entails)
One is Good, Two is Alright, and Three is Too Much
Ask any individual about how many pages their CV is, and you will never find two people who will completely agree on this. Ideally, recruiters ask for one to two pages of information, and won’t consider reading CVs that exceed three total pages. It might sound like a challenge to add all of your information into one or two pages, but it will ensure your CV is at least looked at and not just directly tossed into the bin.
Emphasise What You’re Good At
If you’re hoping to obtain a job in social work for example, but are a NQSW with little experience, your best way to impress the hiring manager is to invest in the skills you already have that could be linked to the field, in this case social care. Being good at listening to others for example may sound like a simple and common skill but it turns out to be extremely relevant in certain positions within the sector. Soft skills are greatly in demand, so make sure to carefully analyse what you’re good at and make it visible for the recruiter to see.
Clean, Neat and Organised
Regardless how important the information you are presenting is, nobody is going to notice if it’s done so in a messy way with a complicated layout. Keeping a nice order and ensuring that minor things such as font size etc are taken care of is quite important. Font sizes should be kept standard, with templates that are easy to read both via the computer screen and in printed form. Don’t try to get too adventurous here, keeping it simple and neat is always the best bet.
It is always possible to obtain guidance and help online. When it comes to social work and care however, specific online platforms like One Stop Social enable for social workers or care professionals at every level to upload their CV and apply for all sorts of positions. To find out more, don’t forget to check our website at www.onestopsocial.co.uk