4 tips for creating a winning Social Work CV
Working on your CV can be difficult and time-consuming but with the right information and a clear plan in place you can write an excellent CV tailored towards Social Work. Below are a few tips on how to achieve this.
1. Make sure your formatting is correct
Your employer will most likely receive many CV’s. Therefore, if yours is formatted incorrectly you immediately put yourself many steps behind the other candidates. However, there are ways to avoid this and if you follow the following tips your CV will look great.
Make sure your CV is up to date. Put your most recent experiences at the top and follow this format throughout.
Don’t have too many pages. Its best to stick to 1-2.
Use a classic and uncomplicated font to avoid your CV looking unprofessional ad unclear. Curlz MT or big bubble writing aren’t recommended whereas Times New Roman or Calibri are good.
Bullet points are a great way to break up long pieces of text or achievements.
If you are not tech-savvy don’t worry because there is always somewhere to go or someone to talk to. Websites like CV help (www.cvhelp.co.uk) offer support and more websites will be linked at the bottom of this post!
2. Show off your experience!
When it comes to CV’s don’t be afraid to show off your experience as that’s what employers are looking for. For Social Work, any experience that shows excellent written and oral skills are great. Additionally, empathy and critical thinking are also key. If you can, add links to examples of any work you have completed such as report writing. This way you have evidence to back up your assertions.
3. If you are applying for a ASYE position then make your CV stand out.
ASYE positions are in demand and therefore the application process will be competitive. Below are a few things you can do to make your CV stand out from the rest:
If you had any previous jobs related to social work or carried out any volunteering roles it is imperative that you include them. This helps portray you as experienced in the field and therefore, a suitable candidate.
If you are called to an interview, make sure you have done your research on the organisation beforehand. This will make you look well-prepared and thorough. Especially if you are an external candidate.
Use power words like innovative and adaptable so you signal to your employer that you are flexible and emphasise your good characteristics.
4. Nobody’s perfect.
Perfection doesn’t exist. So, don’t get your head wrapped around trying to make your CV perfect! Instead, focus on creating something that you are proud of. In doing so, work hard on making your CV reflect the best version of yourself and know that there will be something on your CV that makes you unique and different.
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