Jobs at Marstan Press
Having recently posted a few jobs at Marstan Press on the job site Indeed.com we have seen literally hundreds of ‘CVs’ in the last few weeks. We have put CVs in inverted commas as some of them leave much to be desired. That’s why we’ve prepared this article to give you some advice and guidance on how to increase your chances of securing a role with Marstan Press or another employer.
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is your opportunity to showcase your skills and experience. It is your opportunity to show us why you would be a great addition to our team. You would not believe how many people think they are going to be able to get a job with a six-line CV.
Writing your CV
The layout and presentation of CVs can vary but there are some basic elements that should be included. To start you should include your personal details, such as name, address, phone number and email address. You may wish to include a personal statement in which you briefly summarise what kind of person you are’ – keep it short and punchy.
The rest of your CV should be presented in reverse chronological order, i.e. the most recent things first. You should list your work experience with dates. For each position you list, you should give brief details of what the role entailed and highlight the skills you used or learnt in the role.
Next should come details of your education, and the detail will depend on the amount of work experience you have and how long it’s been since you were at school/university. If you have just come out of school, a full list of A Level and GCSE results would be appropriate. If your education was a while ago, a simple summary such as ‘Three A Levels in English (B) French (C) and History (A) and Eight GCSEs (2x A, 4x B & 3x C) might be more suitable.
Any additional qualifications should also be listed. If the are directly relevant to the job you are applying for, you may wish to list them before your education, e.g. If you have a forklift truck licence and you are applying for a forklift truck driving position.
Finally you can list references (normally two), but it can be acceptable to write ‘references upon request’. As a rule you’d normally supply one personal referee who can vouch for your personal character, and one from a previous employer.
Before your CV you should read through and check for grammatical errors or typos. Using the spell check feature is a must, but be careful that you don’t get tricked into using the American spellings for certain words. This is also the time to make sure that the CV is nicely presented. Make sure sub- headings are in bold, and that paragraphs, dates etc are aligned. Highlighting some of the key skills in italics can also be beneficial as it drawers the reader’s attention to these important details. Remember these minor final details could separate you from someone else who has applied. A neat and well organised CV will put you ahead of the person with equal qualifications who has a messy looking CV.
Top Tips for Writing your CV
- Take your time, make sure its neat, and error free.
- Make sure that there are no unexplained time gaps in your CV.
- Tell the truth! You will get caught out if you lie.
- Make minor changes to your CV for different roles – emphasise the skills you have that are most relevant to that role.
- Keep your CV limited to two sides of A4.
- Minimise any fancy graphical design to the CV. It is a serious document doesn’t need silly patterns added to it.
- Ask a friend or family member to read it – a second opinion can often help you improve your initial effort.
Jobs at Marstan Press are currently advertised on Indeed.com