CV Writing: Filling Up The GapsCV writing is the most important part in the job application process. It sets the first impression, and it is the only decision factor in getting an interview. Employers look for reliable and long-term employees and usually do not like to see unemployed periods in your CV. However, with good CV writing, you can fill in the gaps and make your unemployment periods work in your advantage. CV stands for curriculum vitae, which literally means course of life. In your CV, do not try to hide your unemployment period. Your potential employer wants to know what you have been up to during that time. If you do not mention it in your CV, I can guarantee you will be asked about it if you get an interview. If you do not explain your unemployment gap, your CV may be discarded. Successful CV writing has a lot to do with the language you use. Give the period when you were unemployed a title such as hiatus, retraining, or full-time parent. This shows productivity in the time you were unemployed. Give it also a job description. Explain any courses, volunteer work, languages learned, and skills acquired during this time. Many skills acquired outside of the workplace can be very beneficial inside of the workplace. Gear the skills acquired towards the job you are applying for. Such transferable skills could be leadership, management, and communication. Having obtained these skills, while not working, could impress the employer. Good CV writing also pays attention to detail. If you have taken time off from work for a career change, show what you have done to redirect your career. List any related volunteer activities, internships, and academic classes taken to assist you in your career change. Make sure to clearly state when you have taken part in these activities. Show that it fills in your unemployment gap. With each activity, briefly write the skills attained and how they pertain to your new career choice.Honesty is key to effective CV writing. Do not try to hide any gaps in your CV. The trick is to fill them up. Any gaps left in your CV show inconsistency, which is highly undesirable by an employer. Being productive in the time of unemployment also proves initiative and responsibility. Employers love to see such qualities, and would love to have an employee with such qualities on board. The best and wisest way to deal with the difficult situations in writing a CV is to let a professional CV writing service do it for you. They have the experience and expertise to smooth over any hurdles that such a situation might pose. The result will be a well written, attractive CV any employer would be interested in reading thoroughly. ————————————————-
Copyright 2010 Biz Guru LtdLee Lister has written a book for job seekers called FastTrack to Job Success that can be found on www.JobSuccess.co.uk She also provides CV and Resume writing services and specialises in senior managers and those changing career paths.This article may be freely distributed if this resource box stays attached.