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A guide to writing a great CV for international candidates looking for work in the UK

Tips for your CV

When applying for a job in the UK, it is important to ensure that your CV (curriculum vitae) accurately reflects your skills, qualifications, and work experience. Here are some tips on how to create a great CV as an international candidate looking for work in the UK:

  1. Customize your CV for each position. When applying for a job, it's important to tailor your CV to the specific position you're applying for. This means highlighting the skills and experiences that are most relevant to the job. Make sure to read the job description carefully and use keywords from the description throughout your CV. Tip to help your CV standout: Use keywords which align with the job description as a lot of potential employers use artificial intelligence (AI) software to "screen" the applicants.

  2. Include a summary statement. A summary statement at the beginning of your CV is a great way to grab the attention of potential employers. This statement should briefly describe your skills and experiences, and highlight why you're the perfect candidate for the job. Tip to help your CV standout: This should be no longer than a paragraph and potential employers will often do an initial screening on this, while skim reading the rest of your CV.

  3. Highlight your international experience. As an international candidate, your international experience is a valuable asset. Make sure to highlight any experience you have living or working in different countries, as well as any language skills you have. This will show potential employers that you have the skills and experience needed to work in a global environment. Tip to help your CV standout: Remember that your potential employer will probably not be familiar with many of the companies you worked for, so include a very brief description of each company in the work experience section.

  4. Use the right format. When creating your CV, make sure to use a format that's easy to read and understand. Use bullet points to break up text and make sure your font is clear and easy to read. Also, make sure to use a professional email address and include your contact information. Tip to help your CV standout: Using colour to accent your CV can make it more eye catching. Be careful not to overdue the use of colour and suggest using at most 3 colours.

  5. Keep it concise. Employers don't have a lot of time to read through long CVs, so it's important to keep your CV concise. Make sure to include only the most relevant information, and try to keep your CV to one or two pages. Tip to help your CV standout: If you have a lot of work experience consider including summarizing your early experience into a few bullet points.

  6. Showcase your achievements. Employers want to see what you've achieved in your previous roles, so make sure to highlight your achievements. Use specific examples to showcase your accomplishments, and quantify your achievements whenever possible. Tip to help your CV standout: Try to include at least one achievement for each of your past jobs. This demonstrates that you are result orientated which is a quality that employers look for.

  7. Proofread your CV. Before submitting your CV, make sure to proofread it carefully. Check for spelling and grammar errors, and make sure all of your information is accurate. A well-written, error-free CV will show potential employers that you're detail-oriented and professional. Tip to help your CV standout: Use British English and make sure that you use a British English spellchecker.

It is important to ensure that the information included in your CV is relevant and appropriate. In the UK, it is illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of personal characteristics such as age, gender, and ethnicity. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid including such information in your CV. Instead, focus on highlighting your skills, qualifications, and work experience that are relevant to the job you are applying for. By doing so, you can increase your chances of getting shortlisted for an interview and ultimately landing the job you want.

By following these tips, you can create a great CV that will help you stand out


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