A CV is a summary of your work history, education, skills, and achievements. But in charity retail, a well-crafted CV might just be your ticket to making a positive impact in the world! Whether you’re new to charity retail or a seasoned professional looking for a new opportunity, here are some brief tips to help make your CV stand out from the crowd:
1. Your introduction: Name and contact information
At the top of your CV, always include your full name, phone number, email address, and LinkedIn profile (that bits optional, but a good idea to include if you are active on the platform).
2. The opening act: A strong personal statement
Begin with a clear and concise personal statement. This is your chance to showcase your enthusiasm for the cause as well as your commitment to retail excellence. Summarise your career goals and why you are interested in working in/moving into charity retail. Be sure to keep it professional.
3. Work history: Showcase experience and growth
Detail your work history, starting with the most recent and working backwards. Make sure to mention responsibilities and accomplishments that align with charity retail. Even if you’re moving from a different retail sector, emphasise your transferable skills.
4. Volunteer experience: Demonstrate commitment
Highlight any volunteer work, as it demonstrates your dedication to charitable causes, as well as your experience in the sector. Whether it’s organising one off events, sorting donations, or assisting customers, it all counts.
5. Education: An academic encore
Specify your education and qualifications. Include the field of study, name, and location of the institution you studied at, and the dates. Do be sure to also list any additional coursework relevant to retail or charity.
6. Spotlight on skills: Let your abilities take centre stage
List your skills, focusing on those that are important in charity retail. Include both hard and soft skills. Emphasise customer service, organisation, visual merchandising, adaptability, team management and any fundraising experience. Also include any technical skills such as EPOS systems and software applications, and anything else relevant that you may have picked up in your career.
7. Hobbies and interests: Add a personal touch
While not mandatory, sharing relevant hobbies or interests can provide insight into your character. If your interests tie into skills like attention to detail, or organisational abilities, consider including them. For instance, a keen interest in fashion and photography could be key in getting that dream ecommerce role!
8. References: Testimonials
Have some references on standby who can vouch for your professional abilities. Ensure they are individuals who have witnessed your work ethic and can vouch for your achievements. Put ‘References available on request’ at the bottom of your CV and be ready to supply their information to your potential new employer.
With these tips in mind, you’re well-equipped to craft a CV that showcases your suitability for a role in charity retail. Remember to tailor your CV to the specific position and charity you’re applying to, and best of luck with your applications!