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How to write a CV

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A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a necessary part of getting a job. Most employers will often ask for your CV when you apply for work. The following article will tell you how to write up a simple and efficient CV in a matter of minutes.
What you'll need: 
PC or Laptop
A word processing program (Microsoft Word, Wordpad, etc)
Printer (Either personal printer or Internet Cafe printer)
*Optional* USB
*Optional* Email Address
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The first and foremost step is to write up contact information. So in under CONTACT INFORMATION write your name and surname, date of birth, nationality (whether you have a passport and are a citizen of your nation), contact mobile/home number and contact email.
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The second heading should be your AVAILABILITY to the employer. So in a short paragraph write what days you are available to work. You may want to make a small table here, if you know how to, for a more professional looking CV. Also mention whether you are looking for part time or full time employment. Make sure the paragraph is short and simple to read.
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The third heading should be EMPLOYMENT HISTORY. Under this heading you should mention all employment experience you've had, in a bullet point format. If you have worked somewhere prior, mention when you started that job and when you finished. It also advised you write up any experience of work you have done for family & friends as this shows a side of professionalism to you. You may also mention work experience.
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The fourth heading you need to write is EDUCATION. Under this heading, once again in bullet point format, mention any schools you have attended (Secondary, College, University), with start and finish dates.
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The fifth heading is QUALIFICATIONS. Perhaps the most important heading. In bullet points write all the grades for each subject you have. So for instance A2 English - B+, AS History - A*, etc, GCSE Science - A, etc. Write all the qualifications you have, starting with GCSE's all the way down to A2's, for instance.
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The sixth heading you need to write is INTERESTS. In this heading you write what sort of a person you are. The point of a CV is to receive a job. This means you must make yourself look amazing to your employer. Make them think that you are the right person for the job. It is not advised to write about your hobbies. Use words like hard working, determined, focused, organised, team player, to describe yourself so that you are presenting yourself in the best light possible. Make the paragraph short, no longer than 5 lines.
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The last heading you need to write is REFERENCES. Under this heading, in bullet points, write the name and contact number of all people who have employed you, people who will be willing to recommend you to your employer (including teachers and family). Do not make the list too long. Make it short and simple.
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If you have a personal printer, it is best to print out many copies and then hand them out to many stores near you that you'd be willing to work at. If you do not have a printer, either save the CV file and put it on a USB or attach it to an email which you send to yourself and then visit a internet cafe and ask to print out however many copies you may need.
Conclusion: 
Remember, a CV needs to be very clear, relatively short and simple. Instead of swaying from the point, stick to it and mention only things that need to be mentioned. Employers and Managers are incredibly busy and have little time to read hundreds of CV's so it's important to make yours stand out one way or another. Usually the ones that are short and sweet will be more attractive to the employer.
Tips: 
Get a teacher, current employer or friend to read your CV and ask them what they think needs improving.
Keep it short and simple. Make sure your writing is clear.
You may want to make the headings a little larger in font size and make them bold.
CV should be normally be one side of an A4 piece of paper.
Stick to one font.
Warnings: 
Do not lie or exaggerate with qualifications or employment history.
No photographs.
Do not write about your hobbies.

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No problem, glad I could help ;)

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I thought I knew everything about writing CV's but never thought about that availability table, good tip.

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