5 important tips for your CV for work in England
It is hard to find work in the majority of countries these days and the situation in the UK is no different so it is extremely important to have a precise, well-written CV that will increase your chances of gaining a job interview. There are a number of things to take note of regarding the information and format of an English CV. Employers can receive up to 100’s of Resumes per week so if they come across a CV which is poorly designed and has bad grammar mistakes, then you can forget about being called for an interview.
In this Article we will look at some important tips to consider when writing your CV for work in the UK.
What NOT to have on your CV
The first thing to be taken into consideration when writing your English CV is the format. The format can be in relation to the structure of your Resume or in this case, the information included in your Resume. It is quite common for Migrants applying for work in the UK to leave it in the format of which they are familiar with, and to translate the rest. This is fine, although a common mistake made is when people include information such as;
· Date of Birth
Having this information (usually at the top of the CV) is a big NO NO in England. Due to discrimination laws passed in the UK this information is excluded in most English CV’s. Unless a job specifically requests this information in the job description, ensure that you do not have this information on your Resume.
How do I present the information on my Resume?
How you present the information on your CV is just as important as what type of information it contains.
The information that you write on your English CV should be relevant to the position that you are applying for. If you have worked in the retail industry, but are now applying for work within the Engineering sector, the information regarding your retail experience should be kept to a minimum unless some of that retail experience is relevant to the Engineering position you are applying for. Do not write large amounts of detail just to fill up space on a page, Employers in the UK will see this and you will not benefit from it.
Also ensure that the information on your Resume is set in the following ways;
· Clear differentiation between sections
· Bullet points instead of long paragraphs
· Neat and aligned in a uniform fashion
How do I send my CV to Employers in the UK?
How you send your CV to an employer in the UK is highly dependent on the job that you are applying for. The majority of Employers in Britain will require your CV in an electronic format. Be sure to save it as a PDF document so that once it is opened by the recipient the information typed stays the same. Nothing is worse than opening a CV document only to find out that all of the sections are out of place due to the version Microsoft word being non compatible.
In more rare occasions your Resume may be requested in a paper format but the vacancy will specify this. We could do a whole article about how to send and make your CV visible in the UK but these two are the main ones to take not of for now.
Use of Language
This point may sound obvious to most, but YES, if you are applying for work in England, your CV should be written in English. It should not be written in just English but in PERFECT English. If you are looking to hire someone for a job in your company, would you even call them for an interview if their CV was written in poor Spanish? This is one of the conundrums about applying for work in another country.
While socially we will accept mistakes made when speaking with someone who is not native to our own language, there is an unforgiving requisition and expectation regarding the exactness of the Language used when submitting any formal document such as a CV. A strong piece of advice would be to have your CV checked and read by a native speaker before you begin to send it to Vacancies in England.
Length of a Resume
This point is often argued within the UK as what the ideal length of a Resume should be. In the UK some will say no more than 3 pages is sufficient, while others will say that no more than 2 pages are ideal. The truth is the length of your CV will be dictated by the amount of experience you have. The length of a CV for a recent University graduate is going to a lot shorter than one from a Senior Executive with over 20 years’ experience.
As a general rule anything between 2 – 3 pages would be accepted in Britain but you should ensure that 3 pages is the maximum. Do not squeeze your information so that it fits, but do not over extend it either. Employers are used to seeing many tricks used on CV so do not get caught out.
These are 5 important tips for your Resume in English before you begin to apply for jobs in the UK. Be honest and precise and you will not be one of the many who wonder why they do not get called for many job interviews in England.
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