YOUR CV IS YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
It is so important that it reflects you and more importantly the job you want!
Our advice will help you with common questions but if you want a personal review of your Cv, go to our career coaching page as this can be included as part of a coaching session.
What if I haven’t worked yet? What reference can I list?
You can put someone as a character references such as your priest, educator, teacher (not a family member)
What should my photo be like?
: Your photo should be as smart and ‘professional' looking as possible
: It should be in colour; black and white copies don’t look very good
: It should be head and shoulders, not full body
: You should be wearing smart clothing
: You should be smiling and looking happy in the photo
: No drinks, cigarettes in the photo
: No other people in the photo, only you
: No sunglasses or caps
: Hair should be neat and tidy
: Make up should be applied well
: Not a selfie
: Ask someone you know with a camera to take a photo of you and email it to you if you don’t have a camera, photos taken with cameras are better quality than phones or use a good quality phone
If I’m applying for a Chef’s position what is a food portfolio?
A food portfolio is photos of dishes you have cooked and plated, these should be dishes you are very proud off and most importantly look amazing as they are photos showing your skills. You should try to include at least 2 x starters, 2 x main courses and 2 x desserts to showcase your range of talent for cooking and presenting dishes. If you would like to send more photo’s you can but this is the minimum amount you should be submitting.
What is a written reference?
Before leaving any employer, you should request a written reference from your supervisor/manager, this letter should be on the company letter headed paper, with the person who is writing the references name and position and include all contact details and be signed by them. Remember the more reference letters you get the better so ask from every employer
What is a cover letter and what should it include?
A cover letter is motivation as to why a company should consider employing you but this needs to be kept very brief, sometimes people will do this as a separate letter to their Cv however the less paperwork the better so I suggest you do this as part of your Cv, this would be at the beginning of the Cv and include your experience/passion/enthusiasm for employment. We prefer to call this a ‘Cover Paragraph’