Before you start looking for a job in the UK, it is really essential to write an “English style” CV (Curriculum Vitae), which is clear, truthful and, most important, different from the others.
Most of the people translate their CV from their native language into English but this is obviously not enough to find a dream job abroad. Not everyone understands the importance of a “well done” CV. You may think that spending time on writing it is a waste of time: you are absolutely wrong! It is a milestone for your future career, the master key to be selected for an interview among tens or hundreds of people. Hence you should not underestimate it but by devoting time to build it, you should try to master it. I will try to give you some useful advices on what the ideal CV should contain and how it should be written to be perfect.
First of all, you should remember that it needs to fit the company’s expectations and the job description you are applying for. Therefore you should write a specific CV for every single application you are going to do. You may have a huge number of different types of resumes in your PC but it is not a problem. Every single job position which you are about to apply for deserves your effort and careful consideration.
Second of all, you need to know that in England it is common to write two pages of CV. You do not need to use a standard format. “Home-made” versions are the most preferable by the employers. If you are unique and different, your creativity will always be appreciated. Moreover, most of the time, home-made CV symbolizes people who care about the job since they have spent a lot of time and put effort on it.
Before you start writing it, remember there is not any standard template for it in England. Every company requires their own template and emphasizes different aspects of the content (for instance specific work experience or education).
The are two basic types of CV: “Chronological” or “Skill Based” one. I would personally suggest you use the first one: more orderly and with immediate impact.
Let us start! First paragraph should include your name “Name and Surname”.
Under the “Personal Data” you should put: address, telephone, mobile, e-mail and if you have it, your LinkedIn profile. The date of birth is not as necessary as in other countries and also the picture is not essential unless it is specifically required by the company.
Second of all,“Education”.The information in the second paragraph should be given by in-reverse chronological order and without any abbreviation or acronyms. You should start with your current (or most recent) academic studies and go back as far as your “High School” but not further than that. It is preferable to start the sentences with dynamic words which make an impact (i.e.. developed, completed, classified, advised, etc.). In this section you can also include every scholarship you received and every academic experience you gained abroad, as well as all skills and knowledges developed during your studies.
The third paragraph, “Work Experience”, you can divide it into 2 different sections: “Relevant Work Experience” and “Other Work Experience”. In the first one all the information provided (again in reverse chronological order) need to be clear, easy to read with a strong emphasis on the activities you have done and all skills you have. A bullet point list may help you to illustrate your areas of responsibility and/or achievements.
In the next paragraph you should describe your main “Position of Responsibilities” such as Class Representative, Coach Assistant, Member of the Board of Governors or Member of an Association with relevant descriptions.
The penultimate paragraph “Additional Skills/Information” should specify your knowledge of foreign languages, IT and every certificate you passed.
The last paragraph is for the “Interests”. This part is usually underrated but it is very important because it explains who you are when you are not working. It represents a good starting point during your interview.