BBC North CV Hints and Tips
What is your CV for?
A CV should not just be a list of jobs, as its purpose is to get you an interview - so it needs to demonstrate what you can bring to a role and team. You should view it as a piece of advertising material - it should make an impact and the essential details must register at a glance. When you put together a CV, your aim must be to persuade the recruiter that you’re worth meeting to find out more. Then at interview, it will be essential for you to be able to discuss what you have put on your CV and provide relevant examples and further detail.
What should be on your CV?
Your CV must be an accurate and true reflection of you, which:
- Highlights your successes and achievements – don’t just say what you did but how well you did
- Summarises your relevant skills, experience, knowledge, training and qualifications
- Is well organised, clear and concise
- Projects your personality through your choice of language and tone
- Sets you apart from other applicants by identifying your relevant Unique Selling Points
Tailored or general?
If there are specific role/s or area/s that you’re interested in, you should tailor your CV accordingly and ensure you focus on demonstrating how you are suitable for those. Otherwise, as by applying to all BBC North Opportunities you can be considered for a wide range of positions, you should list your whole employment history and outline your key and transferable skills. It is important you give us a good overview of your experiences as this will ensure you are considered for as many relevant roles as possible.
There may be projects or activities that you have done outside of work that highlight your passion for a particular type of role or department and/or indicates the type of person you are and the skills you have. If so, include it – we want your CV to fully reflect you and what you could bring to BBC North. We have a huge range of different roles and we want people to bring different life – not just job - skills and experiences. We are not looking for just one type of person, so make sure your CV focuses on your qualities and brings you to life.
Focus on your language
The BBC North recruitment team use key word searches on CVs to find suitable candidates for each role that needs filling. It’s therefore important you include relevant words to your area of expertise and the role/s you're interested in. Also include areas of interest, for example, Sport, Children’s, etc.
A personal profile can be useful to summarise your skills and suitability for a role and if you include one on your CV, it is important that it makes an impact and is clear. For BBC North in particular, as there are a number of roles you could be considered for, a personal profile can be a useful tool to state what role types or areas you are interested in – especially if they are different to your experiences and/or there’s a range. You should highlight particular skills, successes and strengths you feel are important to draw attention to.
Your profile should go at the top of your CV and is normally only a paragraph.
We want everyone who works within BBC North to be passionate about and display behaviours that we feel are important in making sure we provide the best services for our licence fee payers and local communities. These behaviours are also essential for ensuring a positive work environment and career for our teams. ‘The Deal’ outlines what we ask of our staff. It is important that you align your CV to reflect these. You can find out more here.
The CV Format
There are a number of different ways that you can present your information in a CV. They fall largely into the three following categories:
1. The Chronological CV – this is the most widely used format for CVs. This focuses on your career history which usually goes at the top (before other sections eg. education, training, interests, etc). This can be a useful format for highlighting career progression and experience and knowledge in an area you want to continue working in.
2. The Functional CV – this format is focussed on your skills, competencies or expertise in specific areas. It can be useful if you have a lack of direct experience in an area you’d like to move in to – as it enables you to highlight that you possess relevant skills and abilities. It can also be useful if you have gaps in your employment history.
3. The Hybrid – is a format that combines elements of the chronological CV with the functional format. This type of CV is particularly good for those with a range of experience and skills and depth of knowledge – for example, it can be useful for freelancers.
If you need any further insight, there are lots of websites that provide information on CV layouts and content. Essentially, there are many different ways to do it and the key thing is that you should take your time creating a CV that works for you and ‘sells’ you best. Good luck!
Dos and Don'ts - Checklist
- Remember to look at the BBC North Jobs website so you know what roles are available and what we’re looking for in candidates – your CV must reflect this
- Keep the layout clear and simple. Use bullet points
- Write in plain English and use short sentences
- Use action words in the present tense where possible, e.g. improving, gaining, delivering etc
- Include a personal profile
- List dates in reverse chronological order, for example in your career history section, start with your latest job and work backwards
- Explain the responsibilities associated with a role, but keep the focus on your achievements and results
- Include facts and figures where possible – for example budgets, people assisted or managed, credits gained, scripts written or edited, events produced, stakeholders, partners or contributors found/managed, sales increases, savings made…
- Highlight your experiences, strengths and transferable skills
- Include any IT or technical skills you have
- Think about experiences or skills gained outside of work that highlight your passion or abilities relevant for the BBC North role/s or department/s you’re interested in
- Proofread carefully, use spell-check and ensure you have the correct dates and facts throughout, including your contact details
- Ask a friend or colleague to go through to get a second opinion/another perspective
- Keep to a maximum of two (three only if absolutely essential) sides of A4
- Include references – for BBC North job applications we don’t take up references until after the job has been offered
- Write CV or ‘Curriculum Vitae’ at the top – just your name in a larger font is adequate
- Include photographs
- Write long detailed paragraphs
- Focus on education when you have been employed for several years – unless your qualifications are directly related to the job/s you’re interested in
- Only focus on employment when you have experiences outside of work that could highlight your passion or ability to work in a specific role or department
- Use abbreviations or jargon
- Mention reasons for leaving jobs
- Mention your marital status or age