How to write a CV

Writing a CV can be an incredibly stressful task if you’re not sure what you are doing. However, the fact is, with a little knowledge, writing a CV can actually be quite simple and even enjoyable. Why? Because it’s the document that will be vital in securing you interviews and eventually the job that you want. Writing a CV really gives you the chance to take stock of your career and look forward with confidence. 

What information should I include?

The best CVs are logical, clear and easy to read. It should be separated into clear sections:

Personal details: At the start of your CV, you should state your name, address, telephone number and email address. It’s surprising how many people leave this information out. A great CV is useless if your prospective employer can’t contact you!

Personal statement: This is optional, but it’s often a good idea to include a personal statement because it’s a way of standing out from the crowd. A good personal statement should explain who you are, what you will bring to a potential employer. Your personal statement should be short, succinct and to the point.

Key skills: It can be a good idea to include your key skills in bullet-point form. Choose the five or six that are most relevant to the role in question. These should help your CV stand out when the hiring manager or recruiter is sifting through the CVs.

Work experience: This sections should include all of your relevant work experience. It should begin with your most recent job and then work backwards. For each role, you should include your job title, name of employer, how long you worked there and what your job responsibilities were. If you really want to impress, talk about what you accomplished there

Education: It’s important that you include your educational achievements. You should begin any professional qualifications that you have (NVQs in Catering & Hospitality for example) and any other qualifications or courses you have done that are directly relevant to the role. Following this, you should list any other qualifications that you have, such as those you achieved at school or college (GCSEs etc). For every course or qualification that you list, you should give the date and level/grade achieved.

Hobbies and interests: Including hobbies and interests is optional. However, if you have a hobby or interest that is particularly relevant to your prospective role then it could be a good idea to include it.

References: You don't need to provide the names of references at this stage. You also don't need to say 'references available upon request' as most employers would assume this to be the case.

If you’re looking to take the first step in your catering career or if you are looking to take your career to the next change, call Abbey Recruitment on 08443 572 660.