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How to Write a Good CV

MATTHEW JAMES WATSON

ADDRESS

25 Blenheim Terrace,
Alwoodley,
Leeds,
LS18 1JN
Tel: 0113 234 567

EDUCATION
1994- X University
BA (Hons) Geography
Expected result: 2:1
1987- 93
  • A Levels: Maths A, Geography A, Economics B
  • AS Level: French A
  • GCSE: 7 Grade A, 2 Grade B
SKILLS

  • Leadership: As Captain of my university football team I motivate my squad and organise fixtures. I am responsible for the general conduct of my players.
  • Organisation: In my role as Treasurer of the X University Industrial Society, I was in charge of a budget in excess of £5,000. The management of this required careful prioritising of the many demands on the budget. I initiated a scheme to attract company sponsorship for the society, and succeeded in increasing the society's annual sponsorship income by over 100%.
  • Communication: I have developed my communication skills during my course giving class presentations.
  • Interpersonal: I worked effectively as a member of a 12 person accounting team during my work experience at Point Accountants. The successful completion of the projects required flexibility and co-operation amongst the team members.

WORK EXPERIENCE
1996 Point Accountants Summer vacation placement.
Successfully completed four accounting projects. I analysed the performance of businesses and presented the findings. Some changes were implemented as a direct result of this analysis.
1994 J H Laker I worked effectively as a member of a close team in this family clothing store and was involved in all aspects of the running of the business, and gained many insights into working practices. I organised a promotion which increased sales by 15% during that period.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Basic programming skills and extensive use of Word and WordPerfect
  • Full clean driving licence
  • Member of university football, cricket and tennis teams
  • Travel- solo 8 month world trip 1993-94

References available on request


Comments :

  • In this CV personal details are kept to an absolute minimum.
  • Again educational details are given prominence.
  • The skills profile section highlights particular and relevant skills gained through university, extra curricular and work experience activities.
  • Work experience is described in "action terms"- what Matthew contributed, learned and achieved.
  • The additional information given demonstrates marketable IT skills, and also shows Matthew to be both a "team and an individual player".

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