5 tips for writing the perfect CV…

Employers will only spend 5-7 seconds on average glancing over your CV, so it’s crucial that you impress them from the get-go. Is time to give your CV a complete overhaul? Read our top tips for ensuring you give the best possible first impression to employers...



Whether you’re thinking of applying for your first role as a Trainee Animal Keeper, or perhaps you’re looking for a customer service role - making sure your CV stands out from the crowd is key if you want to join the best visitor attractions and conservation charities, regardless of the role you’re applying for!

 

So, here’s some top tips for ensuring you give the best possible first impression…

 

1.     Roar about yourself!

 

Your CV is the first tool at your disposal to market yourself to employers, and help you get to that all-important interview stage. You’ll want to make sure your CV is well presented and clearly structured with section headers, highlighting your best qualities in a clear and concise way. There isn’t a specific recipe that you must follow with the layout of your CV, but focus on having a clean and tidy format, with the most up to date and relevant information near the beginning.

 

A lot of zoos and tourism attractions also favour application forms, so it’s imperative that you are able to market yourself in an impactful way, using as little words as possible, as you are likely to be limited in terms of space. Remember – quality over quantity!

 

2.     What to include? No monkey business!

 

As a rule of thumb, your personal details should be on the header of your CV, making it as easy as possible for the employer to get in touch with you. So, remember to include your most up to date name, address, telephone number and email address.

 

Under your personal details you can begin listing your employment history, starting with your most recent employment and working backwards from there. Give thought about the job you are applying for and the skills and knowledge required for the role, as you can cleverly link this to your work history, providing a great insight into the relevant experience you’ve already gained.

 

Next up is a great opportunity to enlighten the employer with your personal achievements, highlighting the value you can add to the organisation. Ensure the experiences are relevant to the role you’re applying for, and have been achieved in recent times - if the employer reads about something impressive you did five years ago, they might wonder why you haven’t done anything more since then!

 

Following your personal achievements, this flows nicely into listing your education and qualification history. List your education from your most recent qualification, including the full title of your qualification, place of study and results gained, including any modules or projects of relevance.

 

3.     Hobbies and interests

 

Employers are keen to learn about your hobbies and interests to find out more about the type of person you are. It should be kept short and to the point but can include any extracurricular activities you enjoy, whether that’s volunteering at your local animal shelter, to strolls along the beach with your animal companion. Zoo’s are passionate about providing guests with unforgettable experiences, and they are always on the lookout for sociable, cheery people - so this section is key to getting your personality across!

 

4.     References

 

At the end of your CV, you may want to include the contact details for your references. However, unless they have specifically been requested, you do not need to include these in your CV. A simple ‘References available upon request’ should suffice, to close off your CV.

 

5.     Check, check and check again!

 

When you think you have finished your CV / application form, and you have read it for what feels like the billionth time, make sure you ask somebody else to read it for you, as they will be more likely to uncover any errors, or highlight any areas that could potentially be improved.

 

One final point to remember is that your CV or application form is likely to form the framework for any interview you may attend. Be prepared to answer any questions to elaborate on any of the information you’ve provided, so just be sure to be comfortable with your application before submitting it, ensuring that its contents are both honest and accurate.

 

So, if you’re ready to start applying for jobs at some of the UK’s most popular zoos and tourism attractions, stop monkeying around and click here to view the latest opportunities!

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