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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.

Employment

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

Enter your qualifications in this way:

  • 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
Training

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. Include:

  • 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.

References

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
  • Disclosing a disability or additional learning need (this is a personal choice)

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.