Top tips for writing your CV

Before applying for any new job, apprenticeship, or even work experience, you should always have an updated CV to hand over to the employer. 

WHAT IS A CV?

CV stands for ‘curriculum vitae, and is a document used to showcase history of someone’s skills, qualifications and work experience when applying for a new job role.

It summarises the person’s ability and past experience to enable an employer to read through and match them to the job role. 

WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE A CV?

Having a CV is very important – especially nowadays with all new qualifications that are arising and new careers, there will always be something for someone. 

A CV will allow the employer to understand your experience, history and qualifications to ensure you have the correct and updated skills for the job, if not, they may offer training that will be required for the job!

WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY CV?

Your CV should have certain sections to showcase your skills to the employer – there are plenty of online templates to use, or you can create your own using the templates as a guide. 

Below are the top 4 sections that should be included in your CV:

  • Your name and a small paragraph about yourself (in this paragraph, you can include what you do in your spare time, if you have any passions, or what you would like to do/ achieve in the future)
  • Contact information (the employer needs to contact you whether you have got the job, so make sure this is completely up to date!)
  • GCSE’s, A Level’s, and any other qualifications that are relevant to the job role (this is an important note – if you are applying to an IT job, they don’t necessarily need to know about you’re A* you got in musical theatre)
  • Work experience and a background to the job (with this section, be sure to keep it short but detailed about the specifics of what you did, when, and where – it may also be helpful to add in how you helped the job progress!)

Writing a CV can seem very scary and difficult, but there will always be people and online help to assist you in creating your CV! The one thing that you need to remember when creating your CV is that it is the first step to your future.

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