It can be very overwhelming and daunting when creating a CV, completing an application form, attending an interview or even starting your first day at work.
This page will provide you with information, advice and support with hints and tips on how to create a good CV.
A CV is all about promoting your skills and achievements and showing an employer that you are the right person for the job. It is an opportunity for you to showcase your skills, experience and knowledge.
There are many sites you can use to help create a CV and for general hints and tips. The National Careers Service has an online CV builder, a step by step guide to gather all useful and relevant information to create your CV.
Top tips when writing a CV
- Get the basic information correct including: personal contact details, personal profile, and employment history including relevant skills relating to the job you are applying for, education history, achievement and hobbies.
- To avoid inequality and discrimination it is advisable that you do not include sensitive data such date of birth and ethnicity.
- Ensure your CV is well presented; it should be presented professionally and with clear and correct information. Make sure to add key words in your CV that match your potential employer work ethos.
- Try to stick to 2 pages, employers wants to see relevant skills, experience and knowledge. The purpose of a CV is to reassure a potential employer you are the right candidate for the job in question.
- Make sure you have read the job description for the position you wish to apply for. You want to make sure you meet the essential criteria before applying. Once you have read the job description you will be able to tailor your CV.
- Make sure you have a section on your CV where you can highlight your key skills. All skills are relevant so it is important to say what they are. Be proud and make sure the employer knows what they are.
- Most people find it difficult to highlight their hobbies and interests. In this section, describe examples of team work, drive and determination whether in a professional or personal environment. Include anything that shows diversity and a variety in your skills; avoid passive interests such as watching TV as you may be perceived as lacking social communication skills.
- It may be a good idea to have someone else proof read your CV.
- It is very important to keep your CV updated, check personal details and update information when necessary.
Please visit National Careers Service for an online step by step CV builder.