A CV is the first impression an employer will get of you. It is important this first impression is good enough for someone to invest their time into you so make sure you sell yourself as an ideal candidate for any job or work experience!
- Your details. Include your full name, address, phone numbers and email address so that employers can easily contact you.
- Personal Statement: Briefly tell a bit about yourself – include something interesting about you to make yourself memorable to the employer reading your CV. Include the main skills you have and relate it to the job/s you’re applying for.
- Education: Give brief details of your qualifications. Remember to list them in reverse chronological order (newest first, oldest last).
- Voluntary/ Work Experience: List where you have worked in reverse chronological order. Include the name of the employer, the address and dates of how long you worked. Briefly list some of the responsibilities and achievements obtained during your employment.
- Hobbies and Interests: You can include some of your hobbies and interests if you wish to do so. This can help employers get a better idea of what you enjoy doing or are good at.
- References: it’s not necessary to list referees on your CV, but you should state that details are available on request. If this is your first job, it’s a good idea to nominate your Personal Tutor. You’ll obviously need to choose references that you’re confident will give positive remarks, but you should also make sure they would be easily contactable by potential employers when the time comes.
- Always keep your CV to two pages of A4. It should be clear to anyone reading your CV where to find the information they’re looking for, with enough ‘white space’ to ensure they’re not overawed at first glance.
Speak to your Academy careers lead for additional help and support.