Why do I need a CV?
Writing a great CV can mean the difference between getting the job you want and a missed opportunity. Spending the time to get it right is well worth the effort.
A CV tells an employer who you are and why they should give you the job. It should be clear, concise and highlight the important things that will make them want to interview you to find out more.
What do I need to include in my CV?
- Personal details (name, address, contact information).
- Personal profile (your best skills and qualities such as team player or hard working).
- Employment history and work experience (if you don’t have much experience it’s a good idea to focus on your education and training).
- Education (where you went to school and what qualifications you have).
- Interests and achievements (anything that will make you stand out in a crowd, for example if you speak any other languages or you can drive).
- References (make sure you write down at least 2 references either from a previous employer, a teacher or someone you have known for a long time that has a professional job).
There’s plenty more information and examples on the National Career Website. Take a look at this simple ‘How to’ video guide from the Career Website Monster:
What else do I need to think about?
Before you start writing, there’s a few things you could think about to help you write the best CV you can and to increase your chances of winning over the employer:
- Presentation is key – a successful CV is always nice and neat. If you have to post the CV or hand the CV in person then it’s important the paper is clean and not crumpled or folded.
- Don’t write more than 2 pages of A4 – keep it short and sweet.
- Read the job description fully first. Here you will find the exact skills the employer is looking for.
- Change the content of the CV to fit around the job role – match your skills and experience to fit in with exactly what the employer needs.
- Keep everything up-to-date, whether it’s your qualifications, job history or references.
How can I get more help?
We know sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone on the telephone or speak face to face in order to understand the information and advice better. If you’re having trouble writing your CV and you do need more advice contact our Employment and Training team who are on hand to help.
- Work with you to find out what you want to do and develop a personalised action plan.
- Help you to overcome any barriers you may be facing so that we can work towards achieving your goals.
Our team is closely connected with employers and support agencies to make sure we can get you access to training and employment opportunities in your area.