I have been out of work since my youngest was born 3 yrs ago. I have redone my cv with a personal statement and list of skills on the first page and a summary of employment & education on the back. I am applying for a range of different jobs so you do have to tailor the cv to the particular job/company focus.
Our local playgroup wanted someone part time, but with quite good pay, as their 'key person' with a background in business. I could have done it easily, but as I don't have a background in business I didn't apply. Neither did anyone else. I would have walked it.
My husband's department, which scores high in lots of national league tables, frequently advertises posts for which no one really suitable applies. They still have to appoint someone.
Latrucha grit your teeth and write the PS. If you've been away from the labour market for a while, it's particularly important that you take every opportunity you can to show that you're up to date with current practice!
Thankyou both. That's very useful. I think one of the things that makes me feel queasy is that I am taking skills from my other jobs, like communication and organisation (I have worked in education and marketing) but they sound kind of silly when you say them by themselves. I suppose if I can tie them into an achievement, like organising a conference in a bullet point I can say them without feeling or looking silly. Is that the sort of thing?
Mini Statement - a paragraph, or better for recruiter to read - bullet points - highlighting key skills etc. No more than 5 points.
Put any qualifications at the top by your name - makes a first filter easy for recruiters.
Keep it to 2 sides of A4, no more, and black. It may well be photocopied.
They are asking for skills from your last 10 years work experience, not 10 years experience. Having said that, if you can pull in appropriate management examples from say playgroup commities, scouts, voluntary work etc - have you organised fundraising? applied for lottery grants? been Treasurer? Organised a big trip? anything about dealing with customers, parish council etc?, then put that in. So, something like
Bike Runski, BEng MSc MPB*
Twelve years experience in large butchery prior to career break. Also experience in candlestick manufacturing and marketing. Competent in xxx software for bakery project management. Awarded Mother Goose prize for nursery rhyming in 2002. Now seeking to re establish career in fairy tales.
I would be honest about your career break , it is a very common and reasonable reason. Also, your prospective employer will be reasonably confident that you won't be going on ml any time soon.
I have no experience in the field! But thanks. The job that I'm thinking of at the moment is a total long shot. We're in an isolated area, so they may not get anyone with exactly what they want, especially for the oney they are offering, and if they don't they may see me as worth a punt. Overall, though, I am thinking that as long as I know that it doesn't matter too much. It also does give me the impetus to put my CV in shape.
Thanks for the ehow suggestion. I'll have a look. I do hate all this 'personal statement' stuff. I feel like such a tit. I guess most people do. It doesn't help that it is in a completely different field from my last job. Nobody actually enjoys writing CVs though do they?
Every employer seems to want something slightly different.
I kind of like the examples on ehow.com. But I dunno what's expected, either. I heard "no more than the last 10 years of work experience" which is a bit of a bummer for someone who has been a SAHM for nearly 10 yrs.