If you have been out of the working scene for a while, you might feel unsure of how to introduce yourself to potential employers. Here is a quick guide to helping you put together your Covering Letter and CV.
The importance of a Covering Letter
The employer will read this before they read your CV so you need to make them want to open your CV. This is more likely to be a covering email but it’s just as important as it always has been to get it right. Keep is short, express interest and excitement in the job you are about to apply for. Refer to your CV and don’t forget to attach it!
Dear Mr Borg,
I’m emailing to enquire about the position of Customer Care Representative as advertised on www.jobsformumsmalta.com
I have significant customer care experience and feel that I would be ideal for this role. I would very much like to apply for this position and hope that you will consider me. Attached please find my CV.
Looking forward to hear from you soon.
A Curriculum Vitae ( aka CV or Resume ) is a summery outlining your personal details, your educational and professional background, usually required for job applications. Look at it like a marketing document, in which you are marketing yourself. You need to ’’sell’’ your skills, your qualifications, and experience to potential employers. Keep your descriptions brief and clear. Don’t oversell yourself. A CV is an appetiser you do not want to give the reader an indigestion.
Some tips before you start typing away:
Make a list of all the things you have done during your ‘’time-out’’ period. Like voluntary work or evening and online courses you have attended, or skills you may have got time to polish over this period. Make sure to highlight the new skills you have acquired.
Be relevant! It is super important when writing a CV that what you are writing is relevant to the job you are just about to apply for. A CV should not be ‘’one size fits all’’. You will need to prepare a CV for each job application.
Keep is clean. Make sure to have a simple and clean CV layout. Use bold and italic typefaces for headings and important information. Oh and ALWAYS check for spelling mistakes!
Put yourself in the shoes of the employer. What would you want to read about your prospective new candidate. Be concise in your writing, list only important and relevant information. You don’t want your CV to go over two sides of A4. It should emphasise your achievements – for each skill, mention how you have used it successfully.
Some companies today are using online form which you will be required to fill int order to apply for a specific job. If you come across one of those. Make sure that you read the job specifications carefully, and that you have all or most of the skills required. Many of the specified skills are generally such as the ability to organise your time, work unsupervised and be self motivated. All of which are second nature to you as a Mother, but you will need to spell it out and give examples that correspond to the professional setting.
What information your CV should contain:
Personal information: These would be your name, address, date of birth, telephone number and email.
Education and qualifications: Your GCSE’s, A’Levels, Degree subject or independent course qualifications achieved. If you had good grates mention them.
Employment history: We suggest that you always start your employment history starting with the most recent, to the older ones. This is because normally, as we get older, our careers and position become more interesting so you will want to list these on the top. List company name, the position you held, your responsibilities and achievements in your position ( in short ), date and duration of your employment for each position. If you have been out of work for a long time, it might be a good idea to write your CV in a way that emphasis your skills first rather than the chronological order of the jobs you have done.
Skills and abilities: List any skill which you feel would be an asset for the post you are applying for. Computer skills, organisational skills. Any training or courses you have done which are relevant to this role, list them.
References: Unless the job specifically requests referrals its fine if you do not have any or choose to omit this section. Many employers do not check references at the application stage. Should you wish to add these you can add a simple note to say ‘’Reference available on request’’. One or two should be enough.
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