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Build a CV

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:

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

  • 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

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)

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.

CV example - Jesse

Having some work history or staying in a similar type of work

CV example - Stephen

Applying for your first job or returning to work

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