Ensuring you have the facts on your CV

You'll want to make your application or CV perfectly accurate, whether you're going for hospitality work or a job in another field. 

That means avoiding details you don't quite remember and using facts that you are sure of.

To help you along the way, we've offered some ideas below that could boost accuracy in some parts of your document, helping you have the peace of mind that everything you tell a would-be employer is 100 per cent correct.

Check details where possible

It's good practice to make the effort to give details a check where possible.

For example, when compiling your list of qualifications, don't rely on memory.

Yes, most of us can just about reel off a list of our GCSEs. But do you always remember to tell people when they ask, that one of the courses you took actually counted for two, rather than one, GCSEs?

Being specific about details like this is important for accuracy and shows you have attention to detail. Another issue that can come up is that you mis-remember exactly what a course was, and give a title that is slightly misleading. The best way to avoid such things is to go right back to the original certificates and results that you have, if possible, and go off these when compiling your lists.

Another example of a little detail like this might be that you recall you helped an employer win a particular award. If needs be, go back and check details like the title, year it was given and whether it was national or local.

Keep a note

Once you've done a few job applications, you will probably notice that you often seem to be expected to know things on an application form that most people just don't commit to memory – for example, the exact date, down to the day, that you started a particular role.

If you want to be organised, make sure you start keeping a record of such things, in case you need them in future. And if, in the case of these sorts of dates, you simply cannot remember or easily find out exactly when you started a role, it's best to give an accurate, if less specific, answer than guess the exact date. So say something like 'early January 2012' if needs be.

For the same reason, to ensure perfect accuracy on your CV, it might be a good idea to begin making notes of achievements at work as and when they happen.

Not only will this help you avoid mis remembering, it could also mean that you are able to get more detail in. For example, if you keep a note of an achievement at the time, something like 'served in a very busy restaurant at Christmas' could become something like 'served during the company's busiest ever Christmas period, including on the peak evening where 250 were in the venue'. Sometimes extra specificity like this can be impressive.

Berkeley Scott provides specialist advice and support to help you find hospitality work. 

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