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Build a CV

A CV is your chance to impress an employer. It is  an advertisement for your skills and experience. Make your CV the best it can be.

What to include in your CV:

Personal Profile

Your Personal Profile needs to be about 4 or 5 lines about your main strengths and skills.

Tips to get you started - some of the strengths employers look for:

  • Good communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to work alone
  • Organisational skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability
  • Good timekeeping and punctuality
  • Trustworthiness
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Work well under pressure
  • Motivation

 Read the job description and our Job Information Leaflets to find some strengths and skills to include.



  • Your job title
  • Company's name and place of employment (not the full address)
  • Start and end dates of your employment
  • A bulleted list of what tasks you did on a daily basis
  • Extra responsibilities you undertook
  • Achievements or successes you had in the job
  • Any awards you were given
Education and Qualifications
  • Start with your most recent and/or highest level of qualification
  • Put down the most relevant qualifications to the job.
  • Include the qualification, the year you achieved it, and the name of the provider

Include any relevant training such as:

  • Short courses like Food Hygiene or Health and Safety
  • Licences or certificates
  • On-the-job training
  • Home or online learning
  • Evening classes
Volunteering and Work Experience

Voluntary work or unpaid work experience can add value to your CV. They show employers extra skills and experience you have gained.


  • Name of the charity or employer
  • Start and end dates
  • A bulleted list of the tasks you did on a daily basis

Find out more on our Volunteering and Work Experience pages.


Put in the words: References are available on request.

You usually need to provide at least 2 references. Don't include referee details on your CV itself, just have them ready. 

Ask the people you want to use as referees if they are happy to give you a reference.

Possible referees could include:

  • Employer - past or present
  • Teacher, tutor or lecturer
  • Youth worker
  • Charity where you have volunteered
  • Someone you know that can give you a character reference (not a relative)
Additional Information

Use this section to add any other relevant information including:

  • Sports you play or support
  • Community activities you are involved with
  • Interests and hobbies
  • Achievements and awards
  • Memberships of professional organisations
  • Driving licence

Keep this section short and relevant to the job you are applying for.

Example CVs:

CV - Work history example

This CV highlights employment history and skills, starting with the most recent job.

CV - First job example

This CV highlights skills, strengths and personal qualities.

CV - Career change or technical example

This CV is useful when emphasising skills and achievements relevant to the job.