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My CV/ Resume what ever you wish to call it how can I improve it - December 20th 2015, 08:16 PM

Please note I removed my personal details such as where I went to school my phone number and various other information.

JUSTIN SWANN
where I live was here
email was here
phone number was here


PROFILE

An enthusiastic, friendly and hardworking person who is willing to learn new skills and take on exciting new challenges. I am reliable and believe I would be an invaluable assess to your team.

SKILLS

Intuitive
Good IT skills
Punctual
Strong communication skills
Always works to the best of my ability
Good sense of humour

EMPLOYMENT

Work Placement, Select Furniture, 2014
This was a two week work placement in a retail outlet selling office furniture. I was responsible for:

Providing a high level of customer service
Dealing with enquiries and potential issues related to orders
Liaising with other team members
Accompanying staff on furniture deliveries

Work Placement, King Pin Bowling, 2012
This was a two week work placement in a ten pin bowling alley. I worked in the restaurant and the shoe exchange area. Duties included:

Taking food orders
Dealing with enquiries regarding the food and arranging alternatives
Serving food and drinks
Organising the display
Food preparation
Handling money
Providing a high level of customer service at all times

Smiggle - Retail Sales Assistant (September 2015 - Current)
In this role I have just been employed as part of the brand new team in the brand new ....... store. i was there to support and help the opening of this new flagship store and am incredibly proud of what I and the team achieved against a tight deadline. areas of experience i have gained in this role include, customer service, sales, visual merchandising, stock management, till operation and cash management. I'm really enjoying my role and feel this adds much more depth of experience as i carry on in my chosen career path.

Hermes 2015
In this role I was responsible for organising parcels, making sure orders were going in the correct vans and team work with the other employees to make sure that we were on task. The job role required me to work long hours and managing parcels at a high demand speed was essential. To complete this role I needed to use a range of skills such as team work, good communication skills, self motivation and good time keeping.



EDUCATION

College 2013
Traineeship Pass
Level 2 Functional Skills: English ongoing
Level 2 Functional Skills: Maths ongoing
Vocational Studies: Level 1 Pass
Level 1 Functional Skills: English Pass

High School 2009 - 2013
BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate: Applied Science Pass
Level 2 Certificate: Preparation for Working Life Pass

INTERESTS

I enjoy listening to music, socialising with friends and trying out new technology. I also enjoy gaming.

REFERENCES

Available upon request

How can I improve an suggestions are welcome thanks so much!
   
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Re: My CV/ Resume what ever you wish to call it how can I improve it - December 20th 2015, 10:02 PM

Make sure the email address you use is professional-looking and includes your name. Keep in mind that this is the first impression that an employer will have of you. Where it says profile is the area you want to more or less customize for each application, not major adjustments, but specific things like "seeking x position. You don't need to describe yourself here.

Next should be your employment history listed chronologically, starting with the most recent or current; focus on highlighting skills and experience directly related to the job you're applying for if you have it, (no need to describe the type of workplace or environment "This was a retail store" chances are they already know that.) Next should be your education again, most recent first. Mention that you graduated school with the year (more important than when and how long you attended) and what qualifications/degrees you hold. If you have some in progress, put in italics or parentheses when you expect to finish it with specification that it's in progress (expected graduation or completion with month and year.) Then volunteer work if you have it (whether to put TH on there is your decision) I do because I don't have much else.

Next would be skills, focus on what an employer would want to see, strong communication and IT skills, reliable, responsible, etc. I would take sense of humor off, and if you want to leave intuitive on there, put it at the bottom of the list. I would take the interests off completely. They care that you can do the job, not about your personality so much; you can demonstrate that more during the interview if you get one.


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Re: My CV/ Resume what ever you wish to call it how can I improve it - December 20th 2015, 11:13 PM

I think you have a good CV and you have a lot of content applied to it. One thing I will suggest above everything else is to get someone to proof-read your CV's for you. If I recall, in the past you've mentioned you have dyslexia and so it would be great to have someone spell-check your work for you if you ever decide to change things around in the future. For example, where you've written 'I would be an invaluable assess to your team' I presume you meant to put 'invaluable asset'. Good English is always an attractive factor to many employers. By writing a CV you're already showing them your spelling and grammar is great, and you can always mention in any application forms/interviews about your dyslexia if need be.

In my personal opinion, I'd change 'Employment' to 'Experience' that way you're covering both paid and unpaid work and cutting out the need to write 'work experience' next to any placements, plus it'll give you some extra things to say in any interviews you get. I agree with Katie on putting your experience, both work and education, chronologically. Employers will want to see your most recent activities rather than what you've done, say, 3-4 years ago.

Going back to the top of your CV, you could always add a little more 'meat' to your personal profile. This is the part where you tell employers why they should hire you so here you'll want to say what skills you'll bring to the table in enough detail to whet their appetite.

Whether or not you choose to add hobbies/interests I feel is subjective. Personally for the many times I've been required to show that I can make a CV whether it be in school, college or at the Job Centre, they've always requested I write a little about what I like doing in my spare time and what interests me so personally I think having a section that states whatever hobbies and interests you've had is good, especially if they're related to the job you're applying for. E.g. you're applying for a computer shop and you list that your hobby/interest is in computing. This can show the employer you have a keen interest for that line of work and may help you just that little bit more when an employer is considering your application.

Finally, and this is something I've done on the occasion, which is to have two separate types of CV. Say you're applying for a retail-based job, write down things that associate more with that line of work. If you're applying for an administration/reception-based role, write down things that are more related to that.


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Re: My CV/ Resume what ever you wish to call it how can I improve it - December 21st 2015, 08:40 AM

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