CV writing tips

CV stands for curriculum vitae, which means a brief account of your career.

CVs are used to explain to employers what you can do and what you have done, so a good CV looks forward to what you can do as well as what you have done in the past.

Did you know?
• On average 100 people can apply for the same job
• Not everyone will get an interview
• 1 person will get the job
• The key is to match your skills, qualities and experience to their needs and what they are looking for

A CV should be no longer than two sides of A4. It should show your knowledge, learning, skills and things you are good at in.

It needs to include enough information for the employer to decide whether you are likely to be a suitable candidate, so you should include:
• Your contact details - name, address, mobile phone number and email address
• Your knowledge - educational or professional qualifications
• Yours skills and competencies , things you are good at
• Work related experiences - periods of paid or unpaid work, volunteering, previous employers, job titles, examples of tasks and things you have done
• Referees - two people who can comment on your paid or unpaid work or someone that knows you well.

Tailor your CV to every job you apply for - if there is a job description, show how you are a good fit by giving examples of how your experience, knowledge and skills fit the requirements of the job, especially those marked 'essential'

If you would like us to help you to write a CV or to improve the one you have, then please contact our employment advisor.