Enjoy using our Smart Green Lines CV template to create the perfect job application for your dream role. Here, we look at some ways to get the most out of your template.
Underneath your name, you’ll notice there’s an introduction section. People often fill this section with fluffy nonsense that no employer really cares about, such as “I’m a team player” “I can work well with others and on my own” “I’m a hard worker”, and so on. You should never make empty statements like this on your CV – instead, provide evidence of these qualities through examples of what you’ve done in the past, and what you’ve achieved. The top section is actually intended for a summary of your key points, biggest achievements and what you are looking for. An example might be:
You’ll see that this is incredibly specific which is exactly what prospective employers want to see. Throughout your CV you should use facts and evidence to support your application, rather than fluffy words such as ‘reliable’ ‘hard working’ and ‘loyal’.
So how do you provide evidence that you are indeed a team player or can be relied upon? Simply offer examples of where you’ve demonstrated the desired skills successfully. For example, you might say:
“Worked as part of a 3-person team to develop and launch the VisitScotland.com website”
“Only 3 sick days over the past 5 years in current role”
“In my current role I developed the booking system for AmazingHolidays.com. The client needed the new system which was complex and had many requirements within an urgent 2 month deadline. I worked full time plus evenings and weekends to deliver this project in time and the client was delighted with the result – which now serves almost 40,000 customers per month”
Note how the above examples do actually demonstrate soft skills such as teamwork, reliability, going over-and-above, and so on. However, you don’t need to use these words for your prospective employers to know that you have those skills – instead you need to provide evidence to SHOW the employer that you have the skill. The words alone aren’t enough and they are actually irritating for employers who read them on one CV after another, with nothing to back up the claims.