Applying for a bookstore position. How is my CV?

CLS1990

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Curriculum Vitae

[name]
[address]
[phone number]
[email]

Profile

Organised, trustworthy and industrious bookseller with strong interpersonal, communication and technical skills, achieved through dedicated service in sales. Experienced in handling customers, cash and credit card payments with ability to maintain and record inventories of a bookstore using a computerised inventory of payment system. An avid reader with a vast knowledge of classical literature who is adept at recommending books and communicating with customers of all age and culture.

Professional Experience

[Organisation]
Sales Associate
June 2017 – Present

ü Responsible for opening and closing the store during busy weekends.
ü Interacting with customers and recommending classical literature whilst establishing strong bonds with regular customers that resulted in frequent referrals.
ü Receiving deliveries and keeping the shelves stocked with new editions.
ü Handling cash and card payments using a computerised payment system and recording purchased inventory.
ü Maintaining a well-kept presentation of the store displays.

[Organisation]
Teaching Assistant
May 2017 – Present

ü Working one to one with special needs pupils aged between eleven and nineteen years old.
ü Formulating lesson plans with class teacher to encourage pupils to engage and interact with one another.
ü Aiding volatile and highly challenging behaviour of pupils during lunch and playground periods.
ü Assisting class excursions.

Backpacking through West Africa
November 2016 – March 2017

I have recently completed a four and a half month backpacking expedition through West Africa to which I have gained a plenitude of functional skills that can be applied to any working environment. I have volunteered in a range of sectors including permaculture, construction, childcare and hospitality whilst also expanding my own economic and cultural views exploring Morocco, Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

[Organisation]
Driver/Teaching Assistant
February 2016 – August 2016

ü Transporting pupils from their homes to and from school.
ü Working one to one with special needs pupils aged four to eleven years old.
ü Constructing strategies for pupils who have difficulty engaging with their learning.
ü Aiding volatile and highly challenging behaviour of pupils during lunch and playground periods.
ü Communicating feedback with the parents and families of pupils.
ü Designated driver for class excursions.

[Organisation]
Warehouse Operative
January 2015 – December 2015

ü Responsible for opening and closing the warehouse.
ü Maintained and updated warehouse task documentation and records for submission to supervisors.
ü Manually transported light equipment loads to palletise products ready for distribution.
ü Performed item assessments on a regular basis.

[Organisation]
Sales Associate/Sports Specialist
May 2010 – January 2015

ü Interface with customers to identify purchasing needs and direct them to appropriate department; recommended additional products or cost-effective alternatives to enhance service and satisfaction.
ü Champion promotional items to increases sales revenues and to achieve set sales goals; confirm and change price signage on designated products during seasonal promotions.
ü Facilitate inventory and stock management; conduct routine cycle counts and inventory audits to assist department manager and store replenishment.
ü Maintain and organize store displays to enhance product visibility.
ü Provide training to new employees to uphold company policies and sustain customer satisfaction.

Educational Background

[College]
BTec Extended Diploma Level 3 Music Performance
[Dates]

[School]
GCSE/ 8 A-C Grades
[Dates]



References

Available on request



A big thanks in advance guys. all the best
 

emsr2d2

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I don't have time to look at the whole CV but one thing jumped out at me. Why have you used the letter "u" with an umlaut over it instead of a normal bullet point dot or dash? They look very odd to me.
 

Lynxear

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I will take the time to help you with your resume (CV)

I have had experience hiring people when I was a manager of a division of an industrial sales company. As well, I had over 8 jobs spanning 33 years of working life. so I know the challenges that changing work positions pose.

First of before we attack your resume I am going to ask you several questions and I would like you to think about them and answer them as best that you can.

1. What is the purpose of the resume (CV)?

This may sound like a dumb question, but it is not. Many think the CV will land the person a job. Is that what you think ?

2. What type of CV format are you using here? Is it a Functional, Chronological or combination CV? Explain your answer?

3. What do you think is the advantage/disadvantage of each type?

4. How long should a CV be in length? - one page, 2 pages or more. Explain your answer.

My track record is very good with resumes (that is what we usually call them in Canada) or CV. I have rarely lost a position that I wanted.

Now I will start with several comments and assign you some tasks.

A) Your first section is titled Profile

This is not going to grab the attention of a person screening resumes (CVs).
There may be200+ resumes submitted for the position that you are applying for. There will be someone (not your potential boss) that will be assigned the task of picking as many as 10-15 candidates out of those many resumes. They will spend only 1-2 minutes to do this. You want to have your resume placed in the interview pile.

Your "Profile" as written is not going to attract their attention. In fact it should not be titled at all. It should be an eye-catching statement related to the job you are seeking as much as possible and placed right after your name/address/telephone/cellphone/email.

Here is an example from my resume when I was not retired.

An experienced teacher of English as a Foreign Language with an extensive, successful history of employment in the fields of business and science, whose ultimate objective is to specialize in teaching of English for Special Purposes (ESP) in these areas.

You will note that grammar is not a prerequisite. Your are looking for eye-catching statements that will set you apart from other resumes.

B) The final task for now

I want you to think about 5-10 accomplishments in you life. They don't have to be all work related. They should be things that you are proud of. Describe them in a one sentence preferably, two sentences maximum.

If you answer these questions and do these tasks you will be on a nice start to developing a good resume (CV).

As it stands now, this resume (CV) will not attract the attention that you hope for.
 

teechar

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Curriculum Vitae

[name]
[address]
[phone number]
[email]

Profile

Organised, trustworthy and industrious bookseller with strong interpersonal, communication and technical skills, achieved through dedicated service in sales. Experienced in handling customer inquiries, cash and credit card payments with ability to maintain and record inventories of a bookstore using a computerised [STRIKE]inventory of payment[/STRIKE] system. An avid reader with a vast knowledge of classical literature who is adept at recommending books and communicating with customers of all ages and from various cultures.

Professional Experience

[Organisation]
Sales Associate
June 2017–Present

ü Responsible for opening and closing the store during busy weekends.
ü Interacting with customers and recommending classical literature whilst establishing strong bonds with regular customers that resulted in frequent referrals.
ü Receiving deliveries and keeping the shelves stocked with new editions.
ü Handling cash and card payments using a computerised payment system and recording purchased inventory.
ü Maintaining a well-kept presentation of the store displays.

[Organisation]
Teaching Assistant
May 2017–Present

ü Working one to one with special-needs pupils aged between eleven and nineteen. [STRIKE]years old.[/STRIKE]
ü Formulating lesson plans with class teacher to encourage pupils to engage and interact with one another.
ü [STRIKE]Aiding[/STRIKE] Managing volatile and highly challenging behaviour of pupils during lunch and playground periods.
ü Assisting class excursions.

Backpacking through West Africa
November 2016–March 2017

I [STRIKE]have recently completed[/STRIKE] went on a four and a half month backpacking expedition through West Africa [STRIKE]to[/STRIKE] from which I have gained [STRIKE]a plenitude of[/STRIKE] several functional skills that can be applied to any working environment. I [STRIKE]have[/STRIKE] volunteered in a range of sectors including permaculture, construction, childcare and hospitality whilst also expanding my own [STRIKE]economic[/STRIKE] personal and cultural views exploring Morocco, Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

[Organisation]
Driver/Teaching Assistant
February 2016–August 2016

ü Transporting pupils [STRIKE]from their homes[/STRIKE] to and from school.
ü Working one to one with special-needs pupils aged four to eleven. [STRIKE]years old.[/STRIKE]
ü [STRIKE]Constructing[/STRIKE] Devising strategies for pupils who have difficulty engaging with their learning.
ü [STRIKE]Aiding[/STRIKE] Managing volatile and highly challenging behaviour of pupils during lunch and playground periods.
ü Communicating [STRIKE]feedback[/STRIKE] with and providing feedback to the parents and families of pupils.
ü Designated driver for class excursions.

[Organisation]
Warehouse Operative
January 2015–December 2015

ü Responsible for opening and closing the warehouse.
ü Maintained and updated warehouse task documentation and records for submission to supervisors.
ü Manually transported light equipment loads to palletise products ready for distribution.
ü Performed item assessments on a regular basis.

[Organisation]
Sales Associate/Sports Specialist
May 2010–January 2015

ü Interface with customers to identify purchasing needs and direct them to appropriate department; recommended additional products or cost-effective alternatives. [STRIKE]to enhance service and satisfaction.[/STRIKE]
ü Champion promotional items to increase sales revenues and to achieve set sales goals; confirm and change price signage on designated products during seasonal promotions.
ü Facilitate inventory and stock management; conduct routine cycle counts and inventory audits to assist department manager with restocking. [STRIKE]and store replenishment.[/STRIKE]
ü Maintain and organize store displays to enhance product visibility.
ü Provide training to new employees to uphold company policies and [STRIKE]sustain[/STRIKE] ensure customer satisfaction.

Educational Background

[College]
BTec Extended Diploma Level 3 Music Performance
[Dates]

[School]
GCSE/ 8 A-C Grades
[Dates]



References

Available on request
Good luck with the job search. :)
 

Lynxear

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Good luck with the job search. :)


He won't have much of a chance with his resume written in that fashion.

It won't make it past the screening process.

His resume consists mainly of duties that he has had in other jobs. That, combined with fact that his employment history is such that many of his jobs lasted only a few months will not make his CV stand out from the many others that will be received.

Correcting his English is NOT going to help him at all!
 
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emsr2d2

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That might be the case, Lynxear, but correcting learners' English is exactly what this forum is for. We are not a recruitment company and we are not CV specialists. It is up to individual job applicants to decide what they want to put on their CV. All this forum offers to do is to make what learners write grammatically correct and natural. If the OP wants someone to rewrite his/her CV to make it more attractive to potential employers, there are plenty of (paid) websites he/she can turn to.
 

Lynxear

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Personally, I don't think one is doing the OP any favours by correcting a CV that will not work for them if it is used for a real application.
 
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