CV writing help

  • Dant 8 Jun 2005 17:05:43 894 posts
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    I have just finished writing my CV, but I just need to put some references in.
    I am going to use my college course tutor but would it be better for me to get him to write a reference, or just put his name and phone number on the CV, so the employer could contact him if they wished?
  • lost-soul 8 Jun 2005 17:18:39 435 posts
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    Furbs wrote:
    I always just put put "references available on request". Never seems to have done me any harm, although only one employer has ever checked mine!
    Same here.
  • Lovemoose 8 Jun 2005 17:20:39 1,001 posts
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    Same for me, my current employer checked, but the other three I've had didn't bother. I'd just make sure he was willing to be asked, and put references on request on your CV. That way you can tailor your references to suit the jobs you apply for.
    Say you've got two potential referees: A tutor, who knows you're ace, but who maybe thinks you're a tad unreliable, and an old employer, (like a landlord from a pub you used to work at), who has no idea if you're an idiot or not, but knows you turned up for work every time and put some effort in.
    You can then decide on whose number to give to your employer based on the type of job you're going for, or how you did at an interview. Most employers won't check until they're they're either down to a shortlist, or as a final check before they offer the job, as getting refs can be time-consuming.

    Good luck on the Job Hunt!

    Edited by Lovemoose at 17:20:17 08-06-2005
  • Dirtbox 8 Jun 2005 17:29:12 91,097 posts
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  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,735 posts
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    I always just put put "references available on request". Never seems to have done me any harm, although only one employer has ever checked mine!
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,735 posts
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    Yeah, if you are going to put that, whatever you do make sure you know the contact details! And as F_S says, know your CV like the back of your hand.

    I must be honest I think very few firms place alot of emphasis on references nowadays unless its something like a bank or other industry thats heavily regulated. Most go with their gut feelings from an interview (I always do when looking for staff) or cover themselves by only offering a 3/6 month probationary contract to start with.

    Good luck!
  • Deleted user 15 February 2017 12:47:00
    This will do -

    I am currently in the process of writing my CV from scratch - situation between the last time i used one and now are vastly different.;

    Anyone got any tips on what to put as i am currently pulling my hair out as it looks like a pile of shit.
  • Deleted user 15 February 2017 12:48:53
    Your work experience, hopes and dreams and qualifications. Leave off your criminal record and any details of any crimes you've committed but not been convicted of
  • Deleted user 15 February 2017 12:50:10
    PES_Fanboy wrote:
    Your work experience, hopes and dreams and qualifications. Leave off your criminal record and any details of any crimes you've committed but not been convicted of
    ahhhh that is where i am going wrong.

    My opening statement lists all the stuff i got away with, was hoping it would show i am smarter than the police.
  • twelveways 15 Feb 2017 12:59:53 7,131 posts
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    I like CVs that have a brief introduction about the kind of person you are and what kind of work you are looking for, then qualifications and work experience including duties (no gaps!) and then a little bit about hobbies and interests. Always attach a dick pic and a crisp fiver
  • chopsen 15 Feb 2017 13:18:22 20,499 posts
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    Keep it short. List your achievements in jobs, not just what your roles were. The person reading them is bored stupid, so put some porn in there. Comic sans is the best font to use. Explain any gaps in your job history. Avoid cliches and statements which contribute nothing: check by negating the statement and see if still is meaningful. Write in blood, but not your own.
  • senso-ji 15 Feb 2017 14:37:37 9,455 posts
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    I'd use a pro CV writing tool like https://novoresume.com/

    It's free, and they have a bunch of layouts for every type.
  • Deleted user 15 February 2017 14:38:29
    Thanks all

    So - ignore all my previous jobs
    include pron/prenii
  • neilka 15 Feb 2017 16:34:30 22,534 posts
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    Don't use any full stops, only nerds use full stops
  • THFourteen 15 Feb 2017 16:36:06 51,930 posts
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    PES_Fanboy wrote:
    Your work experience, hopes and dreams and qualifications. Leave off your criminal record and any details of any crimes you've committed but not been convicted of
    And under convictions, also note if you are part of the A-Team
  • ZuluHero 15 Feb 2017 17:06:01 7,396 posts
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    I once wrote my friend's mum as a reference but didn't tell her. She was surprised to be asked to provide a reference out of the blue.

    TBh I didn't expect anyone to really bother, so don't put something expecting people not to follow up on it.

    I'm a little more careful with my CV these days - but to be honest the last few jobs have just used Linkedin. I can't remember the last 'proper' CV I sent.

    Edited by ZuluHero at 17:06:30 15-02-2017
  • Deleted user 15 February 2017 17:22:05
    neilka wrote:
    Don't use any full stops, only nerds use full stops
    This

    Cjdjdh
  • CompetitiveDad 15 Feb 2017 18:34:02 8,150 posts
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    @Graxlar_v2 don't forget you'll need to tailor your CV to the job spec of the new role you're applying for.
  • twelveways 15 Feb 2017 18:41:04 7,131 posts
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    CompetitiveDad wrote:
    @Graxlar_v2 don't forget you'll need to tailor your CV to the job spec of the new role you're applying for.
    This.

    I recruit teachers (esl) and the amount of useless bullshit that people have on their cv is ridiculous. Sure, the part about how you had to be patient and courteous when you were a waiter could be useful but leave out the stuff about how you had silver service training and can operate point of sale machines.

    One guy put in how much he could bench press. I threw that one out straight away.

    I always throw out half of the cvs I receive as soon as I get them so I make sure I don't hire any unlucky people.

    Edited by twelveways at 18:45:27 15-02-2017
  • lordofthedunce 26 Nov 2018 18:19:43 546 posts
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    Ooh, Betty.

    Edit: now the spammer has been removed I'll just leave that out of context :)

    Edited by lordofthedunce at 20:44:33 26-11-2018
  • Fake_Blood 26 Nov 2018 18:21:41 9,485 posts
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    Writing a CV for a CV writing job must be tough.

    Edited by Fake_Blood at 18:24:28 26-11-2018
  • fontgeeksogood 26 Nov 2018 22:25:11 6,043 posts
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    @twelveways How much could he bench

    Edited by fontgeeksogood at 22:25:35 26-11-2018
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