Your contact information (phone and email if possible) should go at the top. But after that make room for a summary of who you are – a kind of shortened cover letter. One or two short paragraphs are enough. This is a place to shout about what you bring to the role up front – vital, given the number of CVs we might be looking at on the day. It’s a way of presenting effective, relevant information fast – and grabbing the employer’s attention. A great way to write this is to describe to someone close to you what you’d love about working in a restaurant or shop in Liverpool ONE. Those words that come out of your mouth – about being passionate about fashion and loving the buzz of stores or about loving sport and wanting to combine that with a job in sports’ retail – are often the most authentic descriptions of yourself. So, write them down! If you’re making a move from one employment arena to another (research into retail, or education into eateries say), give the positive reasons why you’re keen to make the move: be it time for a change, a passion for food, or a desire to try something different and use your skills in a new way. You get the picture?
Quality over quantity when it comes to the list of skills. If you’re thinking of visiting several shops or restaurants on the day, it’s worth tailoring the CV so you have two or three versions edited to suit the kind of business you’re approaching. Look at job descriptions we’ve posted and do some online research into the skills needed in hospitality or retail so you can prioritise your most relevant qualities. Remember, though, that your CV should be no longer than two pages.
List work experience if you have been employed before but keep it relevant if there’s a lot of history to record! Highlight those jobs that bring skills relevant to the prospective new one. Don’t forget to include relevant ’employment gaps’ dedicated to volunteering or caring responsibilities that showcase your skills, too.
Let us know where you went to school or college and the qualifications you gained, and/or highlight what you learned that is relevant to the job you’re after. Qualifications aren’t everything.
List relevant hobbies and interests. If you love to bake or cook for your friends or family, that can have a bearing on your passion for work in a restaurant for example. If you read lots of fashion magazines that can be useful if working in one of our clothing outlets.