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A CV is your personal marketing document aimed at selling your skills, achievements and experience to prospective employees. This is their first introduction to you and you need to ensure it stands out from the crowd and makes them want to meet you.

We have put together some suggestions to ensure you make your CV the best it can be, along with two CV templates available for you to download free.

Personal Information

  • Your name ~ there is no need to include your title, unless it is relevant to the role you are applying for i.e. Dr.
  • Contact number ~ use a mobile number preferably, however if you have bad mobile network where you are, then consider a landline (as long as you are often home)
  • Email address ~ this needs to be professional. Don’t use one which is made using your nickname, or that you share with your partner. Create one just for job applications if you need to

Profile

This is also known as a personal statement and provides you with the opportunity to explain why you are the best person for the job. Consider;

  • How can you make your CV stand out from the rest? Being ‘punctual, hardworking and organised’ isn’t unique ~ most applicants could say this. Use language that mirrors their job advertisement and back it up with examples from your own experience
  • What can you offer the employer / reader?
  • What are you looking for out of your next job?

For more information, see our video here, or read our article on writing personal statements.

Key Skills & Achievements

This is a really crucial part of a military spouses’ CV since it provides the opportunity to highlight your stand-out qualities without focussing on career breaks or gaps in work. All the voluntary work you have done, the skills you’ve gained and honed from all your moves…this is the section where you can shout them out.

Key skills and achievements can include transferable, job-related and adaptive examples. As a military spouse who has gaps in work or had a prolonged career break, it is really important that you can demonstrate your transferable skills (skills you have developed in your previous work experience, volunteer work and life) and adaptive skills (such as being a team player and being creative). However if you are applying for a role where specific skills are required (i.e. nursing), then focus on the job-related skills.

Skills you’ve developed as a military spouse can be really attractive to potential employers; managing house moves, some International, integrating into new communities, building a broad network of contacts from diverse backgrounds, researching and applying for school places. Do not underestimate how valued these transferable skills are to employers.

Here are some key skill examples; communication skills, IT literate, leadership, creativity, team work, project manager…and for transferable skills, take a look at our page ‘Why employ a military spouse‘.

Expand on each key skill with examples showing how you display them i.e.

Excellent communication skills; establishment of internal newsletter and external monthly email newsletters.

Confident team play demonstrated in the planning and execution of the annual school summer fair, raising a record amount.

Employment Experience

When writing about your key responsibilities, consider what best showcases your abilities relative to the job you are applying for. What transferable skills did you attain and develop within this role?

Voluntary Experience

Similar to employment experience, include the key elements of your role and your main responsibilities. This about the impact of the projects you were part of ~ big or small.

Training & Education

Put the most recent qualifications first and rather than listing them, just summarise number of qualifications i.e. 6 GCSEs Grade C and above or 4 A-Levels Grade C and above. If you have obtained further education, include the degree name, grade and the institution you got it from.

Don’t forget, this is an opportunity to showcase all your experience, skills and achievements, providing the reader with the chance to get to know you and convince them you are worth meeting face to face. Don’t underestimate the skills you’ve gained along the way in military life. These are valued as much as professional ones.

We have two template CVs for you ~ a standard chronological one, and a ‘mind the gap’ version for those who don’t have as much professional experience over personal.

 

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