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2.2 Your amended CV

In the next activity you will produce a revised CV geared to one of the employment opportunities you found in Activity 2. Make sure the opportunity is one that you would genuinely be interested in applying for.

Listen to Julie Thornton, Head of HR at Tideway, describe what employers are looking for in an application.

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Activity 3 Producing an amended CV

Timing: Allow approximately 40 minutes

Open the CV you produced in Week 3 in Word or another word processor; you are now ready to edit your CV.

Find the job description that you saved in Activity 2 and review the text of your CV, using the job description for the opportunity you have chosen. Think about how you might want to emphasise or minimise certain aspects of your experience to fit with the requirements of the new job. Decide whether you want to go for a chronological or skills-based CV. In either case, consider using a personal summary at the start of your CV to outline what you have to offer. Don’t forget to look at your use of language and tone.

Once you’ve created a tailor-made CV for a job you are interested in, you’ll probably need to review and revise this a couple of times if you are really thinking of applying for the post. Perhaps this has just been a practice run this time, but it’s likely to be the sort of thing you will have to do a number of times before you find the job or opportunity you want. If you do decide to send off this version, the next step is to create a covering letter.