Writing your CV
Your CV is the first thing that recruiters and clients see and first impressions are very important especially as hundreds of these profiles are received on a daily basis. Your CV needs to stand out from the rest - but for the right reasons.
Employers don’t want a detailed description of everything you have done but at the same time need enough information to tempt them. It is really important to convey your foodiness, passion to transition in to product development, brief descriptions of your previous roles, major achievements and education. The layout and look of your CV is also crucial. Choose a font that is easy to read and ensure that all spelling and grammar are accurate.
The No No’s
We see hundreds of CVs and strongly recommend not doing any of these:
Including pictures of you on the beach, using capital letters everywhere, forgetting to provide your contact details, including no detail about previous employment, using an old out of date CV, telling us about your pets, how wonderful your partner is, your children’s names, your height, details of your political or religious views, using a mixture of fonts or detailing that your biggest achievement was how you got your boss fired! (Seriously, we have seen all of the above.) This information is not necessary and is distracting from what we really need to see – what you have achieved!
Now we have cleared that up, you are ready to write your CV! Stay focused, inspired and concentrate on promoting yourself, your skills and achievements rather than just reciting your job description. We don’t need to know what you were supposed to do every day – we need to know what you actually did and why it was so good.
Key areas to include are the following:
- Name, address, telephone number and email address
- Education – include GCSE’s, A’levels, specific chef training and any relevant courses you have attended. It is also vital to detail the awarding body
- Languages – stating level of competency
A concise punchy short paragraph or bullet points about you as a chef and your basic skills that will help create a positive first impression and make the reader want to know more.
- Arrange your previous roles in chronological order starting with your current position – so go backwards.
- For each job list the name of your employer, job title, dates of employment. You must also include details of your responsibilities in each job, any promotions and major achievements. Avoid long paragraphs and you may want to consider using bullet points as these are easier to read.
- Inspire the reader. Did you gain experience in a particular cuisine? Increase GP by a large percentage? Design a best selling dish or a particularly impressive menu? Gain a Rosette or listing in the ‘Good Pub Guide’? Manage a large brigade? Own a restaurant?
- Concisely explain any gaps in your career – we need to know as our client will ask us.
How you fit within the culture of any new business is critical so it is important to subtly try and convey your values. Think about your work ethic, how you relate to people such as colleagues and customers, how you would best sum up your approach to your job and how you do it well.
Use the phrase ‘References available on request’ to save space on your CV for more important information.
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