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CV template for the over 40's

CV writing tips for the 40+
Advice on how to write a good CV for the British job market
How to analyse what are your skills and interests?

Key strengths to use in your CV
So on the previous page you decided what you want from a new job, now you have to worked out what skills you have. More importantly do you find that skill interesting? You may be very good at accounting and making company financial books balance but you may find it boring. One of your skills could be driving but as you may have done that in your previous job for eight hours every day you may feel you now want to work in an office.

CV writing tips and templates for the over 40's in the British job market.There is a difference between skills and strengths. Differentiate between your top three skills and top three qualities. A strength is when you have a higher than average ability.

Skill = What you do.

Quality = how you go about doing your skill.

Pick the top three skills and the top three qualities. This is very important when writing a CV.

Choosing the correct skills are very important other wise you are not going to get past the paper shift. The qualities are the icing on the cake.

What do these qualities say about you. How do these qualities align with the new job you are applying for

Be aware that you may have a high level skill from your old occupation but you have a low level of interest in that skill. You do not want to spend your time doing that skill in your new job. You may be good at accounts but doing accounts may not interest you. You may have the skill but you donít want to do it, do not put it in your CV.

Choose a high level skill that you are interested in and want to use in your new job. If you like talking to people and you are an articulate communicator.

Concentrate on your four strengths. Problem solving, medical skills, team working, flexibility, IT skills, able to work on your own unsupervised, teaching, reliable, punctuality, risk assessment, patience, planning, report writing skills, interviewing skills, investigation, empathy, self discipline.

Pitch yourself at the right level

Do not add words like honest or hard working on a CV. It should be obvious.

Print out the following lists of skills. Add new ones that you possess. Tick the skills where you feel you have a higher than average ability. Then go back over the same list and tick the skills you have an interest in.

Higher than average ability + higher than average interest = a key strength

SKILL

ABILITY

INTEREST

KEY STRENGTH

Accounting
Acting
Adapting
Advising staff
Advising customers
Allocating
Analysing problems
Analysing data
Appraising people
Appraising services
Arranging social functions
Articulating
Assembling apparatus
Asserting
Assisting
Auditing financial records
Balancing
Book Keeping
Budgeting
Building
buying
Calculating numerical data
Caring
Checking for accuracy
Classifying records
Coaching individuals
Cold calling
Collecting money
Comparing
Compiling records
Compiling statistics
Conceptualising
Confronting other people
Constructing
Consulting
Controlling
Co-ordinating departments
Co-ordinating events
Corresponding with others
Counselling people
Counting
Creating products
Creating new ideas
Dancing
Deciding
Deciding use of money
Delegating
Delivering
Designing
Designing data systems
Developing
Devising
Diplomacy
Dispensing information
Displaying artistic ideas
Drafting
Drawing
Driving
Editing
Editing publications
Empathising
Enduring long hours
Entertaining people
Estimating
Estimating physical space
Evaluating
Evaluating programmes
Exhibiting plans
Exploring
Extracting
Fantasising
Filing
Finding information
Forecasting
Handling complaints
Handling detailed work
Helping
Identifying
Imagining
Imagining new solutions
Improving
Influencing
Initiating with strangers
Innovating
Inspecting work done
Inspecting physical objects
Inspiring
Installing
Interpreting meanings
Interpreting languages
Interviewing staff/applicants
Interviewing people
Inventing new ideas
Investigating
Investigating problems
IT technology
Judging
Leading
Learning
Listening
Listening to others
Loading
Maintaining
Making
Management
Managing an organisation
Measuring
Mediating
Mediating between people
Meeting the public
Monitoring the progress of others
Motivating others
Negotiating sales
Negotiating contracts
Observing
Obtaining results
Operating
Operating equipment
Ordering
Organising people and tasks
Painting
Performing
Persevering
Persuading
Persuading others
Planning
Planning agendas
Planning organisational needs
Predicting future outcomes
Preparing
Preparing materials
Presenting
Project managing
Promoting events
Protecting property
Publicising
Quantifying
Questioning others
Raising funds
Reading manuals
Recording scientific data
Recruiting people
Rehabilitating people
Remembering information
Renewing
Repairing mechanical devices
Repairing/Fixing
Repeating same procedures
Reporting
Research in library
Researching
Resolving
Reviewing
Reviewing programmes
Running meetings
Sculpting
Selling products
Serving organisations
Serving individuals
Setting up demonstrations
Sketching charts and diagrams
Solving
Speaking in public
Strategising
Studying
Supervising
Supervising others
Supporting
Synthesising
Teaching
Teaching classes
Testing
Training
Treating
Troubleshooting
Updating files
Visualising
Visualising new formats
Working with precision
Working on your own
Working with a team
Writing
Writing clear reports
Writing for publication
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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