Writing Your CV

A CV is a brief summary of your career history and anything else you can bring to the job that someone else possibly couldn’t.

You should use your CV as an opportunity to sell yourself! You want to sell your skills, your qualifications, your experience and your ability to do the job.

When employers have a new vacancy they have to create a person specification with a list of skills and experience they want from the ideal candidate. How closely your CV matches their requirements and also shows them something useful you can bring to the role will determine whether or not you are invited for an interview.

Your CV is the perfect place to include your education, extra-curricular activities, soft skills and also volunteering all whilst keeping in mind your digital footprint. However, don’t just write them all in a big long list you have to make it relevant and give a brief description of exactly what you’ve done and what skills you’ve gained from it.

Firstly you need to give the employer some of your personal information, so that includes your name, address, contact number and email address. You then need to list your education and your qualifications or your predicted grades if you haven’t got them yet. You should also mention any past work experience you have, where you worked and a small description of your role.

You should then write a small paragraph about why you are interested in the job/company and what it is about the role that excites you. Then comes the more interesting bits…you can start to write about your achievements and keep it relevant by mentioning successes and skills closely associated with their business. You can also write about your hobbies and interests, but don’t just write that you like going out with your friends, use hobbies and interests that are partnered with a skill that you can prove to employers you have. If you play football it requires teamwork, if you are self teaching code it requires commitment and determination. Finally you can list a few additional skills that you have, for example being able to drive or a language you can speak.

Our Top Tips

– Use a smart readable font and font size

– No more than 2 sides

– Don’t mention anything negative

– Use a confident tone

– Check spelling and grammar, then ask someone else to check it for you

– Tailor your CV to the role

– Include references

– Do not be afraid to put volunteer experience on, it shows commitment and passion

For FREE CV templates and more CV advice Reed have some great resources!

If you join The Apprentice Academy we will help you create your CV! More information will be given on our Get To Know You days when you sign up!