The Equate CareerHub turns 1 this month and to celebrate we have set up a brand new service to support women looking for opportunities in STEM. The Equate CV Hub.
We recognise that writing a CV can be difficult for a number of reasons. It requires a great deal of self –reflection. You are required to talk about yourself in a way that is objective, while also selling yourself to an employer. It can be difficult to decide what experience is relevant, what skills should be emphasised and how to document a career break on your CV. And you are required to be a master proof reader. All this can be particularly challenging if you haven’t applied for a new role in several years; are re – entering the workplace; are a career changer; or English is not your first language.
The CV Hub is therefore designed to provide women in STEM free tailored CV support helping prepare for that next career move – whether that be a promotion, returning to work after a career break or taking a completely new direction. Designed to be simple and easy to use, the CV Hub will provide advice on: language, spelling, content and layout.
Although we can only provide advice on the content and layout of your CV we do provide additional services such as our Career Clinics and workshops if you are looking for further guidance on your career in STEM.
All our services are free for women in STEM.
In the meantime find our top tips for writing a CV:
Addressing gaps on your CV
Many women take career breaks or temporarily leave STEM to raise a family or commit to other caring responsibilities. But candidates should not view their career gap as a barrier preventing them from returning to STEM and should not feel they have to hide their career gap from employers. To document a career break simply stating ‘Career break to raise a family’ will do and move onto the skills and experience you have that make you an ideal candidate for the role.
Don’t make it too long
It is advised to keep your CV down to 2 A4 pages. When applying for a role it can be tempting to document your entire career and education history to ensure you haven’t missed anything out. But hiring managers want to be able to skim your CV. By using bullet points and focussing on the skills listed on the job description you can condense your CV and make it easy for the hiring manager to identify the skills required.
Focus on your achievements
Many people describe their previous role with out including their achievements. Over – used adjectives such a ‘hard – working’, ‘results driven’ and ‘detail oriented’ may be tempting to include but they don’t say anything about your skills and achievements. Instead consider explaining how you have demonstrated hard work or what results you have achieved. Words such as ‘Improved’, ‘Managed’, ‘Influenced’ and ‘Created’ can help to illustrate your achievements.
It’s YOUR CV
Finally, remember it is your CV. Self – promotion can be hard and sometimes feel unnatural, but the hiring manager wants to know about your achievements and contribution. Replace phrases such as ‘As a team we delivered’ or ‘In collaboration with a colleague we’ with ‘I did’, ‘I achieved’ or ‘I carried out’.
If you would like CV support from Equate Scotland click here.