Love it or loathe it, Christmas comes once a year and the huge expense associated with buying presents for all and sundry, together with the traditional seasonal trimmings to ensure the perfect Christmas can cost a fortune. Many people look for casual or temporary work in the run up to Christmas purely to bring a bit more money, so writing a CV for Christmas jobs is good idea.
Many companies start advertising for casual and seasonal staff to cover the busier Christmas and New Year period in October/November. So, that’s the perfect time to update your CV for Christmas jobs and start submitting it to local organisations, retailers, licensed premises, etc.
Whether you are a student, a graduate, or employed, you will need a great CV to use as an effective sales tool. Companies will be looking to recruit quality candidates quickly so you need to market yourself and make sure your CV stands out by showcasing your best skills, experience and attributes.
Christmas means that there will be many more seasonal jobs available. Now is the time to sharpen up your CV for Christmas jobs if you’ll be looking for a little extra cash this Christmas.
Essential CV Details
Contact Information – Ensure your name, address, telephone number and email address is clearly visible at the head of page 1 – make it easy for people to contact you.
Professional Profile – This is a short statement, ideally 6-8 lines long summarising your best skills and experience, basically telling an employer why you’re a great candidate so write around the skills, qualities and attributes they are likely to be seeking.
Objective – This is where you tell the employer why you want the job and why you would be suitable.
Key Skills – Select 5 or 6 of you best skills and highlight them on page 1 of your CV. Tailor them to the type of position you are applying for.
Work Experience – Primary focus needs to be on the last 5 years’ experience, with your most recent position at the top and working backwards. Use bullet point statements to succinctly outline your job role and achievements, backing the statement with key facts and figures, where possible. Early career positions need only be listed by year, job title and name of the organisation.
Qualifications and Education – If you are a student or recent graduate, this section normally comes before the work experience section. List all relevant qualifications and detail any training you have completed, with the most recent at the top.
Other Relevant Information – This could include any other important details, which could support your application. Eg. first aid experience, IT skills, extra-curricular activities, driving licence status, languages, etc.
References – It is no longer necessary to include full references but it is good practice to advise the reader they are available on request.