CV writing hints and tips
In order to achieve interview stage within the motor dealership, a well written, memorable CV showing relevant job details, transferable skills and any experience within the automotive industry is highly important.
The average time spent reading a CV is 2 minutes, therefore you have to make sure yours looks professional and is tailored to what the reader is looking for.† Your CV must sell you!
- Use good quality A4 paper
- Lay it out clearly
- Tailor it to suit the position you are applying for
- Send an original, not a photocopy
- Ensure all relevant information is on the front page for easy identification
- Check for spelling mistakes and errors
- Use headings and bullet points
- Be honest and accurate †
- Donít leave any gaps between jobs or education
- Donít give a reason for leaving, however be prepared for that question during your interview
- Preferably no more than 2-3 pages long
- Name in full
- Full postal address
- Contact numbers including mobile
- E-mail address
- Driving licence
Five to seven high impact statements that best describe you. Write them to reflect what the employer is looking for. †These are your personal strengths, so make them positive.
Education, training and qualifications (this may be more relevant to perhaps a Technician rather than a Sales Executive, if not relevant to the position applied for, then place after career history).
- Start with highest level of education obtained and work back
- Name schools, colleges, universities, list dates attended and the results achieved, including grades
- List any relevant training courses
- Start with the most recent or present job and end with the first.† Highlight position.† Show start and end dates, company name and town/city.
- Include a brief statement about your achievements and responsibilities for each job emphasising any achievements as they carry more impact.
- Avoid gaps between jobs.† If you have taken a career break, say so.
Keep brief and factual. Use this as an opportunity to reflect your personality.† Interests and hobbies can be positive.† If you are sporty it suggests you are fit and healthy, Chairman of a society shows leadership qualities etc.
Follow these guidelines and your CV will be a finely tuned document.†
Alternatively, if you contact the kream team, they will write your professional CV for you and tailor it to the vacancy you are interested in, all free of charge.