What is a CV? How do I write one?

CV stands for ‘curriculum vitae’ which is latin for ‘story of your life’.  That doesn’t mean you should write it like a story though!

This is usually the first thing an employer would see if you apply for a job.   You want to have your most useful information on it so they know about you straight away.  Use it to show your work experience, qualifications, and skills.

Where do I start?

Think about what would be the most important things an employer would want to know about you.  Start with the basics – your name and how to get in touch with you – and then add more and more from there.  You always want your work experience and education on your CV, but you might also include skills, hobbies, or volunteering experience.

So I just need to write a CV and I’m done?

Not really. It’s what’s known as a’ working’ document, which means we need to update it from time to time.  Your CV when you leave high school isn’t going to be the same when you leave college or finish an apprenticeship.

You also need to think about the job you’re applying for and change it to fit that.  Going for a job  in retail?  Emphasise your transferable skills for retail!  Want a job on a building site after that?  Then you won’t want to focus on those retail skills so much.  A lot of people make a ‘base’ version that they then change a little for each job they go for. A good idea is to create a ‘master’ copy with everything on it and tailor it when applying for specific jobs.


Take a look at our CV section to help you understand what you need to include in a CV.

Want some advice or help writing your CV?  Get in touch

Last Updated: 30th January 2020