My 2 pence: Agencies will remove your personal details from your CV, it may be worth considering putting them at the end that way hitting them with your 'best bits' first. Good layout to build on though! Remember to tailor it for the position your going for.
Have done a lot of employing others and applying for jobs myself, recently.
Main point is that some agencies use software to scan CVs (and applications) for key words. These words or phrases usually appear somewhere in the advert or job description so it makes sense to use them in your application/CV. If it says that the successful applicant will be a "hard working, results-driven, experienced field engineer" or somesuch boll*cks then make sure somewhere in your CV it says" hard working," "experienced in field whatever," and "results-driven". That way you stand a chance of getting through the paper sift. (Try not to make it too obvious, though).
I think the template is good and simple but you need to have two types of CV. One that says most of the things about you, your experience, ability. qualifications etc. This one can be sent out in a bit of a shotgun style to anyone/organisation who you think could employ you.
The second one is ever-changing because that's the one that you send out in reply to a specific job. That has to be tailored to the job advert. You can still use the same template but make sure the bullet points you start off with reflect the main points in the advert. You need to think about changing or rearranging content for each individual job you're going after.
Would agree Dubb, a CV is only ever a starting point on which to build then tailor the paperwork for each job. For example you might only do a short CV but back that up with more detailed information on seperate sheets if necessary. All depends on the job
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Target your CV to the employer. If it's an IT business, speak IT. Driving, talk driving. Don't generallise.
Keep it to a maximum of 2 sides of A4, dont waffle or lie, it will bite you in the arrse.
Don't use bog standard Asda A4 printer paper. Invest in some decent paper of a slightly different shade than white (neutral), and a different texture. It will stand out during a paper sift as Different.
Finally, reflect your personality. You could be the most qualified on the block, but if you appear have the personality of a sea slug it's game over.
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The guy that offered me a start, in a very competeitive industry mind, said that it was the layout of my CV that caught his eye initially. Then he saw I was ex-service and that clinched it for him. He sees so many CV`s that are basicaly the same that he was delighted when something `different` came along.
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I'm new to the forum and been havin a butchers at some posts and thought i'd just put in abit of info with regards to CV's/Covering Letters. First CV's. Just keep your CV simple. Top should be your Name,Address Contact details ie Landline,Mobile,Email. Then next should come your Profile, this is where you sell yourself, what ever position your applying for you should then put in your Key skills and Core Competencies. Next should be your Employment history,present employee and work back approx 10 yrs,remember brief description on each. Next is Education,Qualifications & Training. Any Awards(if relevent to position). And finally Personnal. If anyone wants to take alook at the completed CV, PM me and I'l let you see how it looks. And with regards to covering letters,I will show you what lay out I use. The wording should be your own tho,this is where people go wrong.