Post # 1
Hello I was hoping I could get a bit advise on my partners CV.
So for a bit of background he got a job last year at an estate agents, it’s different to anything he’d ever done before and we were really happy he got given such a great opportunity, unfortunately though it was very very high stress with an awful boss that didn’t treat the staff right. He became really ill with his mental health and started suffering from depression and anxiety, at the time we didn’t realise what was going on and I was frustrated thinking he was just being lazy, however when he started having panic attacks I supported him in leaving this job as his well-being is more important. Since leaving this job early spring time this year he’s doing so much better socially and seems back to his normal old self again (with the occasional bad day)
Hes decided he’d be much happier with a manual/lower stress job that he can work hard while he’s there but then just come home and forget about it for the evening. He’s been applying for pretty much every delivery, driving job in our area for the past 5 or so months and hasn’t been offered so much as an interview! He’s one of those people that doesn’t tend to get offered many interviews but if he does get the interview he will usually get offered the job, he comes across well in person but his CV doesn’t seem to be impressing.
We would be really grateful if anyone can give any advice on how the CV reads, I’m useless in this area as all my jobs I’ve ended up with by recommendation. Is there any way the CV can be improved to stand out? I know his job history is fact and nothing can be changed about the past but maybe some tips on making his personal statement a bit more interesting? If he could just get some interviews i know he could impress them. Thank you
ps apologies there’s a cut off section on the middle but you get the idea
Post # 2
Personal profile needs to be re-written, it’s terribly unprofessional. He needs to change wording from “working alone” to “independent.”
Also, typically the most recent experience is listed first and work your way back from there.
I don’t have time right now to overhaul the whole thing but will if I have time later. The entire thing needs an overhaul to appear more professional.
Tip: Tailor the resume to fit each job being applied for to match the experience being sought, while being completely honest, of course.
Post # 3
I’m a professional editor and this is pretty bad. I might suggest he tries using one of the pre-made templates in Word, and perhaps do some research about other CV examples.
Post # 4
Yeah, honestly this is kind of terrible.
It needs to be entirety reformatted so it’s not just huge blocks of text. Nothing stands out on this resume, it’s not easy to scan. There’s a million templates on google. He needs to look through them.
And I would cut the Personal Profile completely.
His employment history should not just be a job description but also about what he accomplished in those positions.
Post # 5
I am a UK based recruiter – if you PM me I will give you an email and will happily help to overhaul.
Failing that he can get free support through the job centre. This CV needs lots of work.
If he wants to do anything delivery driving related he also needs to include his driving licence status on there e.g. full and clean driving licence.
He can also look at working for somewhere like Amazon as one of their self employed drivers. It is hard work and doesn’t pay great (you have to do lots of deliveries to make it worth while) but it will at least give him relevant experience while he looks for something more perm.
Post # 6
Seconding the comments about losing the personal profile and describing accomplishments for each role. I also think the “key skills and experience” section isn’t really contributing anything and would lose that too.
He should also delete the one-month stint at a the boarding kennels. One month at a job doesn’t give you much experience, and in this case all it’s doing is making him look like a job-hopper.
Definitely re-organize everything in reverse chronological order.
Is he submitting a cover letter with each CV? A cover letter is a really important way to explain the story of your career, why the job you’re applying for makes sense for you, and what you’d bring to the role. If he struggles with formal writing maybe you could help him with this, as judging by your post you write fairly coherently :).
The Ask A Manager blog has some great advice on CVs and cover letters.
Post # 7
Yea, I’m a career coach. no good. I am redoing someone’s resume right now, and I told her I want to see QUANTITATIVE things – meaning, numbers and timeframes, and stuff I can easily put a number to the work and be impressed.
I don’t want to read “served customers”. I want to read something like (off the top of my head) “Keyholder for a restaurant with over $2M+ in annual sales, overseeing a staff of 5 people with an average customer base of 50 people per evening”
ok, that was a bit rough, but you get the idea. It’s a lot more impressive sounding than “keyholder for a busy restaurant”.
Things like “trustworthy” or “experience working on teams” should not be on as skills. That’s expected. I want to know major skills right off the bat so I can read further.
Also google for resume templates.
Edit: Some people get caught in the trap of thinking “well, once I talk to them in an interview, they will know how good I am and what i can do.”
Wrong idea. The resume is to showcase how good you are, with enough info to intrigue hiring managers to invite you in to interview. Don’t make them guess how great you are or what you did in jobs. Trust me, other people aren’t making the employers play guessing games, and those are the people called up for interviews.
You want it written up in a way that makes a hiring manager glance over the resume and go “hot damn, I need to call this perosn in to talk” not scratch his head and think “now what did he do here?”
Post # 8
The main problem is this is super generic. What job is it going for? He hasn’t drawn on any of the skills from his previous job and how well they would apply to the one he is going for.
Post # 9
Bullets, spacing, some formating to make it more eye catching could go a long way along with all the wording updates mentioned by PP.
Post # 10
Just a caution on googling for CV templates. If he comes across something called the Europass CV DO NOT LET HIM USE IT.
It was a bright idea from the EU to standardise CVs and as a recruiter they are a pain to read and really rubbish.
Post # 11
Thank you so much for everyone’s response, all your feedback is so helpful and really makes sense. I’m going to help him go through it tonight and I already have lots of ideas now of how to improve it and showcase more of his individual traits rather than just the generic hard working, trustworthy bla bla bla. He’s got a clean driving record, no points, he’s really knowledgable about the local roads and has brilliant sense of direction so there’s a few things already that should improve it.
Thanks again and if anyone has anymore advice I would be really grateful