How to make your English CV
If you are planning to move to UK, I am sure that you are aware already that you will need to have a CV written and formatted in English.
Other than the obvious, such as having all of your relevant experience, qualifications and skills written in a readable format, what does it really mean to have an English CV? Is it just a simple matter of directly translating from your native language into English with no other changes?
Here I will go into some useful information about what you should have on your English CV and other important changes that you should make.
There a variety of different structures online which all claim to have the answer and be the best or most desired structure for an English CV. The reality is that there is no one specific way to structure your CV, at least in a way where it will dramatically increase your chances of finding work in the UK.
There is however a rule of thumb, a baseline to go by where all employers in the UK would expect to see this information on your CV. I call it The 5 section rule.
Your CV at the minimum should have the following 5 sections:
· Personal profile
· Key Skills
· Work History
· Education & qualifications
· Interests – (not a necessity but will give the employer an idea of your personality)
By no means do these sections have to be titled exactly as I have written. For example ‘Personal Profile’ can be written as ‘Personal statement’ or ‘Key Skills’ as ‘Attributes’.
Whatever way you decide to title them, the information in the section should represent what is above. Any additional sections you wish to add to your CV, is your decision.
The acceptable length of a CV is another thing that varies from country to country, and people’s perceptions can differ widely. I have seen CV’s that take up just about a page, to CV’s that are almost 10 ages in length.
For your English CV I recommend that it consist of 2 -3 pages maximum. Remember with all the competition out there HR professionals receive high numbers of CV’s and do not have time to read through essays of every single duty you have had, in every single job. Make it specific and make it relevant to the vacancy.
A simple and powerful way to stand out: WORDING
Words are powerful, and the words that you choose to use can make the difference in getting you to the next stage in the process. A question that I am often asked is, “How do I write about what I did in my previous jobs?” or “How do I write my personal statement?”
It’s true that your English CV should not consist of just a list of duties from your past employment. When writing sections such as the ‘Personal Statement’ or ‘Work History’ the impact of your CV will increase depending on the type of words that you choose to use.
Employers in the UK look favourably on candidates CV’s that demonstrate initiative. If you are a data analyst, by reading your duties from your last job, how would an employer differentiate you from other candidates applying for the same role?
For example you may have found a way to do your duties in a quicker amount of time, or worked out some way of storing information in databases that was more organised and easily accessible. You may have found a way to deal with customers where they were more likely to register for something or purchase a product.
Using words such as:
These are the type of words that UK employers love to see. The key is to show what new idea that you introduced that added value to the way that you worked. This is what will make you stand out from other generic CV’s.
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