Writing CVs and tutoring

This month we’re concentrating on hunting for and finding jobs. We receive lots of CVs from people looking for tutoring work and we also handle enquiries from people wanting general help with their English skills for job applications. Private tutors aren’t just for school age students. We have a number of tutors in the Manchester area who specialise in writing skills and helping people find jobs. So whether you are applying for your first job out of university or well established in your career, how do you make sure your CV will get your noticed in all the right ways?

There are no hard and fast rules about CVs but there are some things that make CVs easier to read and absorb and some things that should be avoided.

  • If you are writing a CV from scratch, then try and stick to two sides of A4 paper. Make sure you pick an easy to read font in a reasonable size and choose good quality white or cream paper.
  •  Don’t use coloured paper, fancy looking (but hard to read) fonts or pages and pages of information. A CV is a snapshot of who you are and is intended to get you an interview, not to tell someone every fact about you.
  •  Only put relevant information on your CV, this is particularly important if you have changed career. Don’t include unnecessary detail such as months with a previous employer or every GCSE you have passed.
  • Use bullet points and keep the language you use professional but upbeat – you want a prospective employer to know you were an active participant in the tasks you have on your CV.
  • Your CV is your shop window. Keep it positive, include the good bits and play down the bad bits (for example if you have a poor degree class then just list your degree).
  •  If you include interests and activities then keep them brief and truthful! If you can, then make them relevant to the application.
  •  You don’t need to include references on your CV but do make sure you have them to hand when you are asked.

If you need help writing a CV or job application or general English and writing skills in Manchester including areas such as Levenshulme, Trafford and Urmston then contact 121 Home Tutors.

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2 Responses to “Writing CVs and tutoring”

  1. You are written very good point for a perfect CV and tutoring.

  2. Alison says:

    thank-you, we’re glad the post has been useful and hope it helps those looking for work

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