Writing a CV from scratch can be daunting. This may even be the first you’ve ever created, but don’t worry! We’re here to give you the lowdown on how you can create a successful CV.
What is a CV?
CV is short for the Latin word Curriculum Vitae. In other parts of the world, it is called resume. A CV is a document which is used to apply for a job. It’s your chance to sell yourself, make an impression and stand out from the crowd. You’ll talk about exam results, your skills, abilities and any previous work experience you have, while highlighting how and why you’re the best person for the role.
What should I include In a CV?
Firstly, when writing a CV you should always read the job description prior to applying. This is basically everything the employer is looking for. Think about the skills they require and how your study and past work experience relates to the role. Then, include the skills you see fit in your CV.
Contact details – you should include your full name, contact number, email address and home address. You normally wouldn’t need to include your date of birth or an image unless the employer specifically asks for that.
Personal profile – tell the employer a little bit about yourself and why you’re interested in the role. Remember to keep this section brief, roughly 4-5 lines.
Education and qualifications – list your education from most recent to oldest. Make sure you list the years you were studying, where and what course you were doing and your grades.
Relevant skills – Have you been a part of a sports team? Is team work relevant to the role you’re applying to? If so, list all the skills these experiences have given you which is related to the job role.
Hobbies and interests – This is completely optional to include. If you feel your hobbies are relevant to the rule then you can include them.
Having work experience is a great addition to have to your CV, especially if you are around school leaver age. It can help you stand out from other applications, as you already have real-life experience of the working world.
It can be anything from a week-long placement, a course, shadowing another employment or voluntary work.
When talking about work experience in your CV, you should include:
- the company name
- your job title
- how long you were working for the company
You should also include:
- your daily responsibilities
- the skills and examples of how they relate to the role you’re applying for
If you have left education and have been working, you should put your work experience before your education/qualifications.
Do you want to find out how you can great work experience to your CV? National Work Experience Week is coming up: 24th-28th April 2023! Meet a range of employers and hear all about their upcoming work experience opportunities. You can also ask your questions and get application tips!