Entering Background Information

Your background information can be the most important factor for many Employers, so it’s vital that you get the message across, as clearly and concisely as possible. The four main areas require slightly different approaches but in general these same rules apply: –

  • Keep it short
  • Avoid jargon
  • Be consistent
  • This is no place for artistic flare

You’ll have other opportunities to express your creativity, which we cover in more detail on our post 10 Creative Ways To Ask For A Job, this is about getting boxes ticked. Employers have chosen mywhirld because it offers a quick and efficient method to gather a shortlist of suitable Candidates. You need to ensure you make it onto that shortlist.
If you are genuinely suitable and your presentation remains consistent with other Candidates, the Employers role will be easier and you’re less likely to get rejected.

Education

School/College/University attended – from-date to to-date
– Subject – level – grade achieved;
Always start with the most recent and work backwards

Languages

Language – proficiency;
For proficiency, they are just looking for your level of competence, not qualifications, so it’s Beginner, Conversational, Fluent or Natural

Employment History

Company (& location if relevant) – position – from-date to to-date – Description of roles & responsibilities;
Always start with the most recent and work backwards

Hobbies & Interests

Subject – description;

Example

Education
Brighton University – 10/2013 to present
– Bio-mechanical engineering – degree – 2.1 (expected);
Maidstone Grammar School – 09/2006 to 06/2013
– Maths – A-Level – A
– Physics – A-Level – B
– Biology – A-Level – A
– Maths – GCSE – A*
– Physics – GCSE – A
– Biology – GCSE – A*
– English – GCSE – A*
– French – GCSE – B
– Latin – GCSE – B;

Languages
French – Conversational;
German – Beginner

Employment History
Costa Coffee (Brighton) – Barista – 01/2014 to present;
Beefeater Restaurant (Thomas Wyatt, Maidstone) – waiter – 11/2010 to 07/2013 – waiting tables;
Kent Pharmaceuticals – Research assistant – 06/2014 to 10/2014 – Paid work experience, collating and filing research papers;

Hobbies & Interests
Rugby – Played regularly for school 1st XV;
Robotics – Building robots with Arduino & Raspberry Pi for competitions in local club;

Choosing Job Sectors

When choosing a job, it’s important to consider everything that the role entails. Jobs may cover a range of types of work or they may require one fairly consistent type, with just an occasional break for the norm. For this purpose, you should only consider the type of work regularly involved with the role. For example, in a small pub, as a sales assistant in a shoe shop, you might be required to answer the phone and make calls to other branches to check stock, but that wouldn’t be considered telesales. In this case, the Retail Sales role should be selected. Conversely, if a role involves working behind a trade counter and making deliveries to customers, Retail Sales and Driving should be selected.
It is important to note that even if a Candidate doesn’t choose a particular job sector, this will not prevent the Vacancy being displayed, if it is also included in a sector they have chosen. In the 2nd example above, if a Candidate has selected Retail Sales, the job will be displayed, whether or not they have selected Driving. If they have selected both sectors, the role would appear higher up their ‘Top Vacancies’ list.

Job Sectors

Title Description Examples
Retail Leisure (Front of house) serving customers • waitress
• bartender
• receptionist
Retail Leisure (other) retail outlets • kitchen staff
• housekeeping
Retail Sales store assistant • clothes shops
• supermarkets
Office (Telephone) Desk based using a telephone • tele-sales
• customer services
Office (Administrative) non-customer facing • accounts assistant
• office clerk
Manual Work more physical work that may require the use of specialist tools • office cleaner
• plumbers mate
Driving Anything from bicycles to tractors • courier
• food delivery
Other Any job that isn’t covered above • Santa Claus

Writing Your Candidate Bio

At this point, you should have already updated your CV, but recruiters will get their first impression of you from your Profile Bio. This should be a short biography, aimed at attracting the kind of employer that you want to work for and should take no more than 10 minutes to pull together. Done properly it will will reap serious reward and is a great opportunity to get your application to the top of the pile.

Start with a quick summary of the kind of person you want people to see you as. If you’re uncomfortable blowing your own trumpet, writing in the third person can help but bare in mind that, being the greatest goal scorer outside the Premiership won’t help you get a job in an advertising agency. What’s more likely to impress a potential employer is your dedication to training.

Short, bulleted lists really help to get your message across, consider adding the following:

  1. If the job you seek is a progression from your previous roles, you should include a list of your most relevant position titles, companies you’ve worked for, and responsibilities.
  2. The ideal job title and function you seek, as well as other job titles and functions you’d consider.
  3. A very short list of some companies you’d love to work for, plus their locations.

Example:

Edward is a keen follower of social media and a dedicated athlete. As an accomplished amateur football player, he trains for up to nine hours per week. In his downtime he enjoys playing his guitar and reading crime novels.

Work Experience
- Account Executive, The Red Door, London: Served as main point of contact for tech clients including Microsoft
- Account Coordinator, Experian, Nottingham: Assisted data services team on high-profile consumer brands
- PR Assistant, University of Greenwich: Drafted press releases that resulted in media coverage in the Financial Times

Positions Sought
- Senior Account Executive
- Account Supervisor
- Public Relations Manager

Dream Companies
- Grey, London
- Ogilvy, London
- MBA, London or Brighton
- Tilt, Brighton