How to get the best from your social worker curriculum vitae or résumé template
There is no one right way to create and present a CV but these basic tips always apply:
1. Your CV should be targetted on the specific role or industry you are aiming for and hones in on the most significant skills you have to offer.
2. It is meticulously and neatly set out, logically ordered, legible and not crowded.
3. It is informative but succinct.
4. It is free from grammar and spelling errors. If you note attention to detail as a skill, be sure your spelling and grammar is perfect.
As well as to these ‘musts’, here are our top strategies for personalising this template:
1. Keep evolving
If your CV is put together the wrong way round on fluorescent yellow paper and it gets you regular interviews, why consider modifying it? The bottom line is that if it’s getting results, don’t be too eager to interfere with what works. On the other hand, if it’s not working, ask people you know to look it over and offer their thoughts. That said, if you go with the template on this page as your starting point, you shouldn’t go far wrong.
2. Use keywords
If you have uploaded your CV to a job web site so employers can find you, keywords are especially significant. Job titles and job keywords can help the search engines pick you out from the pile. To get inspiration for keywords, carry out a search on Google and see what words are commonly used when you put in your target role.
3. Keep it real!
Normally a CV ought to be no longer than two pages – and by that we mean a couple of pages of A4 sized sheets. Employers take, typically, only 8 seconds looking at a particular CV, and a surefire way of landing yourself on the no pile is to give them your whole life story. Always keep your CV punchy, relevant, and reserve the detail for your interview.
4. Jazz it up
Image is everything right now, and it’s just as true for your CV. Devote some time to improving how the curriculum vitae looks, in addition to your content. Use bullet points where it makes sense to do so, and keep sentences punchy. Use the graphic design trick of leaving lots of white space surrounding your text and in between sections to make the layout easy to digest.
5. Personalise it
It’s a pretty common trick. Sending the exact same curriculum vitae to a bunch of employers to save your time. Blanket messages give limited results so don’t fall into this trap – put in the time to modify your CV for each role that you go for. Study the corporation and use the job advert to work out specifically what skills you should highlight to them. They will value the patent effort.
6. Sell the numbers
Backing up your achievements with numbers makes selling yourself substantially easier. When putting together your work history, don’t just claim that you increased sales – tell them you boosted sales by 40% over a six month period. Be precise.
7. Put together your objectives
Never just believe an recruiter will see how your experience applies to their role. Instead, incorporate a short personal statement to explain why you are the best person for the role. This should be reflected in your cover letter too.
8. Never lie
Blatant lies on your curriculum vitae can land you in a heap of trouble when it comes to employers checking out your background and references. The last thing you need is to start your new job and then lose your new role for resorting to lies. Also, you could get found out during the interview stage when you suddenly struggle to respond to questions on things you have claimed to know. It’s never worth the hassle – don’t do it!
9. Never leave gaps without an explanation
Leaving obvious gaps on your curriculum vitae immediately makes recruiters suspicious – and they won’t give you the benefit of the doubt. If you have been out of the job market it can be a worry but just turn it into something positive. Did you study for a course, do some volunteer work or cultivate soft skills eg communication or teamwork? In this case, make it very clear. Never suppose you’ll get the chance to explain at the interview – as the gaps might deter them from giving you a chance.
10. Clean up your errors
Employers do scour for blunders on curriculum vitae and if they should spot them, it makes you appear sloppy. With many employers experiencing enormous volumes of applicants right now, providing them with an excuse to disregard your application due to preventable mistakes is not going to enable you to land an interview. Even if you believe your spelling and grammar is awesome, use a spelling check and ask someone else to double check what you have written – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Maintain up-to-the-minute
You should keep your curriculum vitae current whether you are looking for a new role or not. Each time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that might be significant.