The perfect CV

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Before I start this blog, I want to let you into a secret, there isn’t a perfect way to write a CV in fact different companies like different things from a CV. However there are certain elements in a CV, which could catch the attention of an employer, and help you to get that interview you want.

Layout and structure

Layout will be different on every persons CV, it is important to remember when writing a CV that your layout is very clear and concise. As it only takes employers a short amount of time to look at your CV and decide if you are the one for the job.

Contents

Personal information

  • Personal statement- A short introduction about yourself and why you feel you would be good for the job.
  • Name
  • Home address
  • Email address- Make sure that your email is professional.
  • Phone number

When adding contact details it is important to include a range, and that they are up to date so that employers can easily get hold of you.

Work history

This part of your CV is incredibly important, it is vital that you put your work history in date order, so starting from the last job that you were in or presently in. On each history you need to add the date you started and left, what your job title was and if it is relevant a sentence about what you did in the company.

Skills

This part is based primarily on the job that you applying for you need to think about the skills the job wants, so look over the job advert, and then think about what skills you have that maybe useful to this. You can even add a sentence to back up

Education

Your education and qualifications may not be directly related to the job you’re applying for, but they’re still important achievements that any employer will want to see. Like your work

Hobbies

It is also important to include interesting hobbies in your CV this will make you seem like an eventful person. However make sure that your hobbies are interesting as it shows that you are a well-rounded person. They don’t necessary need to be relevant to the job you are applying for but this helps if they do. Do not put socialising, going to the cinema as although this may be true they won’t be able to add value you to your application.

Remember

Make sure that your CV is not too long as employers only have a certain amount of time dedicated to looking through CV’s and finding the right candidate.

There’s no room for bad spelling mistakes and punctuation in either your cover letter on your CV. Keep sentences short to avoid confused punctuation and, if you can give it to a friend to check it over. Check the spelling before you send your CV off.

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Calling ALL businesses!

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Apprenticeships have been in the news a lot recently, with David Cameron pledging 50,000 apprentices by 2018. With more than 860,000 apprentices now in UK, more and more young people are thinking of going into an apprenticeship, but why would a company choose to take on an apprentice?

There are many benefits, and extensive research has been carried out as to how having an apprentice can improve your business.
It has been proven that an apprentice can improve productivity in a company, the government website gov.uk has claimed that UK businesses could gain additional £18bn revenue from apprenticeships. A study finds that offering apprenticeships were perceived by two-thirds of the public as contributing to society and providing opportunities for young people with 5 million of consumers more likely to take an apprentice on board.

Businesses can save a significant amount of money by taking on an apprentice; apprentices only cost £200 a week, saving a large amount on wage costs to a company. The government are offering up to 40,000 apprenticeship grants which are being offered to companies employing fewer than 250 apprentices, with a value of £1,500. This is in addition to the training costs of an apprenticeship, showing that an apprenticeship is a perfect option for small businesses.

It also helps to develop existing staff’s skills, by getting staff to train up apprentices teaching new skills, studies have found that this helps to retain information up to 90%. Therefore as well as increasing efficiency in new staff, it can help productivity with present staff.
Not only are there apprenticeship that are equivalent to GCSEs but there are foundation degree level qualifications as well, by having this wide range of qualifications this creates a higher calibre of staff. It also means that by taking on employers younger you can shape them to your business model.

One key element from a small businesses perspective is that because the apprentice gains a qualification at the end of the 12 month period, a lot of the skills they have learnt from working towards the qualification will help your business. They may learn skills that your own company do not have and with an enormous expansion in technology, it means you can keep up to date with the latest technology.

If you are looking to take on an apprentice for your company, speak to iProTech who can decide on your requirements, advise you on the best options and show you the best route to take.

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