Creating a CV

What is the purpose of a CV?

A CV is used to show an employer that you are the best person for the job. It is a summary of your past work history, education, experiences and the skills you possess. It’s meant to be a quick glance at what you know and what you can do, so they shouldn’t be more than two pages long.  It should always have:

  • Your name and contact details
  • Qualifications and education history
  • Work experience

It is a ‘working’ document, meaning that you’ll need to update it as you do new and different things throughout your life – a CV is never finished!  As you start new jobs or go on different courses you’ll need to add them to your work experience or education history.

You also want to prioritise your CV for the kind of job you’re going for.  If you’re applying for a job as a plumber you’ll want to write more about plumbing skills and less about the Saturday job you had in school.  If it’s a job that needs a lot of qualifications, though, you might include less of the plumbing skills.

There are lots of different ways to write a CV and many different styles, so it’s important to pick one that shows your skills and experience in the best possible way.  You can also use a more unusual CV style or layout to make yours stand out from the rest.  If you do this, though, you must make sure it is clear and easy to read!  If an employer can’t understand what they’re looking at then they won’t be interested.

There are many different ‘CV builder’ websites, some of which are free.  You should take a look at a few different types to make sure you pick the best one for your needs.

Not sure where to start with your CV, or want someone with experience to look over yours and tell you what they think?  Our careers advisers will be able to answer any questions you have to do with writing your own CV – Why not get in touch via Email?

Last Updated: 28th January 2020

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