Getting up to date with technology is essential in today's job market and writing your CV is the first step on the road to a new career in your life after divorce so just follow our guide.
Everybody needs good IT skills
Whatever you decide to do, there are very few jobs nowadays that do not require IT skills at some level. Everyday life now requires the use a computer to pay bills, go shopping and communicate with with friends. To compete in the job market a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office is vital.
Your CV is the most important element in your finding a new job armoury. To make this look good and professional you will need some pretty good word processing skills to lay it out well and so enhance the impact of your sparkling but simple prose.
Brush up your skills
If you want to improve your IT skills or are a complete novice, there are loads of courses available for all different levels of competence. Local authorities will all have information about where you can access the best course for your needs and a trip to your library (if you can find one) should also turn up information or prospectuses for adult learning resources near you.
Writing a CV
In the job stakes your CV or curriculum vitae is your most important asset. A prospective employer will make an instant judgement about your suitability for a job as soon as they read your CV and if it does not come up to scratch then it does not matter how talented or suitable for the post you may be you will fall at the first hurdle.
Do not use overlong words or convoluted vocabulary and get the grammar right. Keep it simple. Never include your photograph – unless specifically asked to do so. Apart from the front page one side of A4 should be long enough, you are not writing a novel. Also keep the design simple – no lurid colours, obscure fonts (Times Roman is just fine) or artistic embellishments.
Plan it carefully
Start off with your name, address and contact details, followed by a short profile which should tell your prospective employer about your skills, experience to date and what you would like to achieve in your career.
Your career history - with your most recent employment first – should feature next. The past ten years will be more than sufficient. Outline any duties, responsibilities and achievements. Last comes education and qualifications, personal interests and names of referees.
Make sure that you print it on decent paper and send the requested number of copies. At this stage there is no need to send certificates or letters of reference. Check it very carefully before you send it for any mistakes in spelling or grammar. In addition it is a good idea to ask someone else to read it and take heed of their comments.
Tell it like it is, but don't be afraid of a bit of spin
Be honest. Don’t try to cover up breaks in employment or change dates. It is not difficult to check such things and if you are caught out you could ruin any chances of employment you may have had.
Finally, make sure that you send it in plenty of time. Don’t put off e-mailing (or posting) your CV until the last minute. Any covering letters should be specific to each job for which you are applying. This is really important as you will then be able to highlight the skills and experience that you feel are most relevant to the job. Good Luck!