15 December 2018
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This is one of the most important parts of your CV / Resume. Nothing is more convincing and appealing to a prospective employer than a clear, specific and concise explanation of how you contributed to a previous employers’ success.

It’s a place for you to show off your desirable traits and to prove your future value to a prospective employer by describing what you have done and achieved in your career.

Mandatory fields
In our CV Builder the Job Title and Company name fields are mandatory. The rest of the fields are optional.

Which employer to list first
Begin with your most recent position and then work backwards.

Which employers to write in detail about
As a general rule, include more details about your current job or last job, and less details about older jobs. You only need to include detailed descriptions (i.e. responsibilities and duties) of your current and last employer. For companies you worked for prior to the last two, you should just give their name, along with your job title and employment dates. 

Writing about your current / last job
For your last, most recent or present employer write a brief description consisting of a few sentences followed by a short list of bulleted items. Make sure to include the following information:

  • Job title
  • Company name
  • Location (just give city, state or country)
  • Dates of employment (year or month/year)


What not to list
There is no need to give an employer’s;

  • Full address
  • Email
  • Website
  • Telephone number


Example

“Financial Services Company – Birmingham
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE       April 2013 – Present
Responsible for building relationships with prospective clients and related third parties with the ultimate aim of growing new business sales. Also accountable for meeting or exceeding monthly sales quotas by organising and running effective marketing campaigns.

Duties:

  • Forecasting accurate sales activity for a team of 25 sales executives.
  • Communicating effectively and building relationships with key decision makers for over 15 multinational companies.
  • Helping to recommend process improvements to increase team efficiency in areas such as administration, cold calling and email marketing
  • Following up qualified leads with phone calls and email campaigns.
  • Formulating and executing major account strategies for 4 brand new product launches.”


Writing about previous jobs
You are not obliged to list every job you've ever had (bearing in mind the limitations on space). Therefor for companies you worked for prior to the last two you only need to list their name, your job title and your employment dates.

Achievements or promotions
Make sure to list these and give them priority over any daily routine tasks you performed. For example;

  • Reduced company expenditure significantly by finding a cheaper supplier.
  • Increased sales by 30%, over a six month period.
  • Won the employee of the department three months in a row.
  • Was promoted twice during a 12 month period. 


Include
Industry jargon and buzzwords, these can demonstrate that you know what’s going on in your industry.

Do not
Criticize your past or present employers.

Not employed at present
If you are not currently in work then concentrate on the last job you had.

Previous salary
There is no need to mention how much you are being paid by your present employer or were paid by previous employers.

Gaps in your career history
Try not to leave any gaps in your career as they could raise suspicions in a potential employer. If you do have career breaks and you get to the interview stage then you will almost certainly be asked about them and will have to explain them at that stage.

You need only worry about recent gaps and not those say 10 years ago.

The best policy is to always be truthful with career gaps, if you have been traveling around the world for the last 12 months then say so. Explain briefly what happened, do not go into lengthy explanations, you will have an opportunity to explain it in more detail at the interview stage.

Be truthful
Also remember that if you successfully reach the interview stage then you will almost certainly be questioned on your past work experience. So make it accurate and truthful, as you may have to prove any claims you have made.

What if you have difficulty matching your skills to the job requirements?
If you are really struggling to find anything appropriate in your work experience or skill sets that is relevant to a vacancy, then you may have to conclude that the job isn’t for you. There is no point in wasting your time or the employers in applying for vacancies that you are not suitable for and have no realistic chance of getting. You should only apply for those openings that you are qualified for. The silver lining in this type of scenario and in discovering that you are not fit for a particular role is that you will save yourself valuable time that you can use to apply for jobs you have a realistic chance of getting.

Employer Confidentiality
Be careful about releasing potentially classified data, for instance a current or previous employers performance figures or turnover, it could be a breach of confidentiality. If you need to mention figures i.e. 'you claim to have increased company sales by £200,000 over a set period', then consider using percentages rather than actual figures i.e. 'you increased sales by 20% over a set period'.


Saving your work
Remember to click the ‘Save and Continue’ button at the bottom of the page before you leave this page. Otherwise you may lose what you have just typed.


Examples

Do you have Work Experience examples I can use?
Yes, there are dozens of industry specific professionally written examples for 100’s of different job roles.

How do I add an example?
Click on the red ‘Examples’ box on the right of the page. A pop up box will appear with many different job roles. Scroll down the list to find the position you want, click on the job title and a list of examples will appear. Click the ‘Add’ button to add specific example(s) to your CV.

Can the examples be edited?
Yes, after you have added them to your CV then just click the text box and proceed to edit.

Why do your examples have bullet points to explain work duties?
These are an excellent way to organize and clearly layout short sentences. They help to keep your sentences brief, to the point and focused.

Why do the first four examples of each individual job role always have a short ‘Responsible for…’ section followed by bullet points?
This format allows you to write a short introductory paragraph were you can briefly outline your main job role. Followed by concise sentences describing your daily work duties. Please note that after the first four examples the rest of examples are just single sentence examples of relevant work duties.

Can I change this format?
Yes, once have added it you can edit or delete any of the text.

Can I create my own bullet points, lists and make text italic or bold?
Yes just use the editor tools at the top of the text box.

How many examples can I add?
As many as you want.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ON USING OUR CV / RESUME BUILDER

What are the different stages of the CV Builder?

There are 3 simple stages;

Stage 1                                 Stage 2                                Stage 3    
Choose a Template                Enter your details                 Print, Download or Email

Accessing the CV Builder

When can I access my CVs?
You can access your CVs 24/7 365 days a year.

How do I access my CVs?
Access your account by entering your login details on this page https://www.dayjob.com/cv-builder/index.asp.

Resumes

Can I use the Builder to write Resumes as well as CVs?
Yes, our Builder is ideal for writing both CVs and Resumes.

Cover Letters

Can I use the Builder to write Cover Letters?
Yes.

How many CVs, Resumes and Cover Letters can I create?
As many as you like.

Creating a CV

How do I create a new CV?

New user just registered
If you are a new user who has just registered and logged in for the first time, you will be taken to the ‘Welcome to your CV / Resume Builder!’ page. On this page you must first choose a template design from the 9 listed examples. After doing this you will be taken to the Contact Information page, where you will have to enter your personal details (remember to click the ‘Save and Continue’ button). After this you will then you will then have an opportunity to fill in each of the following 8 sections; Personal Summary, Areas of Expertise, Work Experience, Professional Skills, Personal Skills, Education, Hobbies and References. Please note that all of these 8 fields are optional, so if you want, you can leave any of them blank. If you do not enter any information into a specific category and leave it completely blank, then it will not appear in your CV at all. 

Returning users
For returning users who log back in they will be taken to the ‘My CVs / Resumes’ page. At the bottom of this page they should click the ‘Create a new CV / Resume ’ button. This will take them to the ‘Welcome to your CV / Resume Builder!’ page, from where they can select a template and start the building process.

Can I save my documents, log out and then come back and edit them at a later date?
Yes, they will be saved for when you next log in.

Editing your CV

Editing previously built CVs
After you log back in, you will be taken to the ‘My CVs / Resumes’ page. On this page just click the ‘Edit’ button next to the document you want to edit.

Can I edit every part and section of my CV?
Yes, every category and field of your document is fully editable.

Editing text
Click inside the text box that you want to edit.

Renaming Sections (i.e. Personal Summary, Work Experience, Professional skills etc)
You can rename, change and edit the title of each section i.e. Personal Summary, Areas of Expertise, Work Experience, Professional skills etc. To do this simply click the title itself and it will become editable.

Can I remove bullet points or add more?
Yes, you can do this by using the editing tool at the top of the text box.

Can I underline, bold or italic text?
Yes, you can do this by using the editing tool at the top of the text box.

Editing a section title
Click the title itself i.e. ‘Personal Summary’ and the box will become editable.

Moving sections
By default your CV is set to the most common order, however you may want to change the order of the different sections. This can easily be done by clicking the green ‘Move CV Sections’ button at the top of the page, and then use the drop down list on the right side of each section to move them up or down.

Leaving a section blank / unfilled
Remember that all sections / fields are optional, so if you want you can leave any of them blank. If you do not enter any information into a specific category and leave it completely blank, then it will not appear in the CV at all. For instance if you did not enter any text into the ‘Areas of Expertise’ then the ‘Areas of Expertise’ section would not appear in your preview or the final document.

Can I change my name on my CV?
Yes, you can do this through the Contact Information section.

How do I change my email address?
Click on the ‘My CVs / Resumes’ button at the top of the page, then click on the ‘Account Settings’ red button. Enter your email address in the relevant field and click ‘Save’. Note that the email address you provide will be used in any CV template(s) you create.

Can I rename or delete CVs?
Yes, click on the ‘My CVs / Resumes’ button at the top of the page and you will see buttons for both of these functions next to any CV you have created.

Save and Continue
After editing your CV remember to always remember to click the ‘Save and Continue’ button at the bottom of every page.

Previewing

Can I preview my CV whilst it is being built?
Yes, simply click on the ‘Preview’ button at the bottom of every page to see a pop up of how it looks.

Moving Sections

Can I move CV Sections around?
Yes, click on the green ‘Move CV Sections’ button at the top of the Builder. Then use the drop down list to the right of each section to move them up or down.

Writing a Cover Letters

How do I create a Cover Letter
Click ‘My CVs / Resumes’ at the top of the page, then click the ‘Move CV Sections’ button again at the top of this page. At the bottom left of this page you will see a red ‘Cover Letter’ button, click that to start the process. 

Are there examples of Cover Letters?
Yes, in the Cover Letter section there is an ‘Examples’ box, click on this to see a list of Cover Letter examples broken down by job roles.

Can I edit the examples
Yes they are fully editable.

Note - You must create a CV / resume first
You cannot create a cover letter on its own. You must first create a CV / Resume and only then will you be able to create a matching Cover Letter, which will be attached to the specific CV / Resume you have created it with.

Where can I preview/download/email or print my Cover Letters
You can preview them exactly the same way you would your CV or Resume.

Examples of skills, duties and responsibilities etc.

Do you have examples I can use?
Yes, all of our examples will help you to match your knowledge and work experience to the recruiter’s requirements. 

We have industry specific examples available for every section of the CV Builder. We have dozens of professionally written examples for 100’s of different job roles and professions like teaching, sales and engineering etc.  

How do I add an example?
There is a red ‘Examples’ box on every page. Click it and a pop up box will appear with 100’s of different job roles. Scroll down the list to find the position you want, click on the job title and a list of examples will appear. Click the ‘Add’ button to add specific examples to your CV.

Can the examples be edited?
Yes, after you have added them to your CV then just click the text box and proceed to edit.

Different Template designs

Do you have different CV template designs that I can use?
Yes, at the moment we have 9 different designs you can choose from.

If I have created my CV in one design and then want to change it later on, can I do this?
Yes, you can do this at any stage of the CV Building process as well as at the end.

Changing a template design after you have created your CV
You can do this in two ways;

First
Click on the ‘My CVs / Resumes’ button at the top of every page. You will then see a list of your created documents on the left hand side of the page. Underneath each document name there will be some text that similar to;

‘Created: 05/04/2016 - Template: Template 1 (Change)’

Click the ‘Change’ link and you will be taken to the main ‘Welcome to your CV / Resume Builder!’ page. On this page you will see a list of our various template design which you can either preview or select. If you click select then the layout of your chosen CV will change to the format you have clicked.

Second
Click on the Preview button (found on every section), then click on the ‘More Templates’ button at the top of the page, then select a template of your choice. Your current CV will change to the new one.

Changing a template design whilst building your CV
Click on the Preview button (found at bottom of every section), then click on the ‘More Templates’ button at the top left of the page, then either preview or select a template of your choice. If you click select then the layout of your chosen CV will change to the format you have clicked.

Sections (i.e. Personal Summary, Work Experience, Professional skills etc)

Can I add another section?
Yes, just click the ‘Add New Section’ and fill in the details accordingly. Please note that at the moment any new section you add will appear at the bottom of your CV, just above the References section. It cannot be moved further up the CV (although we plan to make this possible in the near future).

Can I rename a section?
Yes, simply click on the title at the top of each section i.e. ‘Personal Summary’, the title will then become editable.

How do I move sections?
Click the green ‘Move CV Sections’ button at the top of the page and then in the next page use the drop down list on the right of each section to move them up or down.

Downloading your CV
You can download your completed CV, Resume or Cover Letter as a MS Word document. This means that you can save it to your Desktop and edit it further in the future at your leisure. In the near future we will have an option that will allow you to download your CV as a PDF. 

Converting your downloaded CV to a PDF document
If you want to convert a downloaded MS Word version of your CV to a PDF, then follow this procedure. Open your CV on your desktop – click File (top left hand of page) – click Export – click ‘Create PDF’ – then save and name as appropriate. 

Email address

How do I change my email address?
After initially registering, you can then only change your email address through the ‘Account Settings’ page. Do this by clicking on the ‘My CVs / Resumes’ button at the top of the page, then click on the ‘Account Settings’ red button. Enter your new email address in the relevant field and click ‘Save’. Note that the email address you provide will be used in your CV template(s) and will also be the address your documents will be sent to.

Where will my CV be emailed to?
If after creating a CV you want it emailed to you then it will be sent to the email address you gave when you first registered on the site. You can change your email by following the instructions in the above paragraph ‘How do I change my email address?’

Account Management

How do I change my login password?
You can do this though the ‘Account Settings’ page. Click on the ‘My CVs / Resumes’ button at the top of the Builder, then click the red ‘Account Settings’ button. On this page enter you new password, confirm it and then click ‘Save’.

Forgotten passwords
If you have forgotten your password, then we can email it to you. Simply send us an email to info@dayjob.com with the email address that you used to register with us. Please put ‘Forgotten Password’ as the subject / title of your email.

Fees

Is your CV Builder free to use?
Yes, it’s free to register with us and build, edit, store and preview your documents. But there is a small one off fee of ONLY $9.99 that will give you 12 months of UNLIMITED access and unlimited downloading, printing and emailing of your CVs, Resumes or Cover Letters.

So do I have to pay to download, print or email?
Yes, there is a small one off fee of ONLY $9.99 that will give you 12 months of UNLIMITED access and unlimited downloading, printing and emailing of your CVs, Resumes or Cover Letters.

So I only pay $9.99 once for 12 months full access to the CV Builder?
Yes, there are NO recurring payments or other fees.

If I pay $9.99 how long can I use the CV Builder for?
Your subscription will last for a 12 month period.

Payment
Payment can be made online by PayPal as well as a credit or debit card. The process is fast, easy and completely secure.

How do I pay?
Go to the ‘Welcome to your CV / Resume Builder!’ page, on this page there is some text at the top of the page that says;

(Click here to get full access for ONLY $9.99 per year)

Click the blue Click here link on that page to be taken to our ‘CV Builder Subscription’ page, where you should click the ‘Buy Now’ button. 

To get to the ‘Welcome to your CV / Resume Builder!’ page, click the ‘My CVs / Resumes’ button at the top of the builder, then click the red ‘Create a new CV / resume’ button at the bottom of the page.

Cancellation

Cancel with 14 days
If for whatever reason you are unhappy with our service then let us know with 14 days and we will give you a full refund.


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