Whether you’re just starting a course or are nearing the end of one, it is always good to have a copy of your CV ready for when you start looking for jobs.
Throughout your learning experience you are always picking up new skills that can be added to your CV, it’s easier to keep track of them as you go instead of having to sit and remember everything you have done a year down the line, when you come to apply for jobs.
Here we will go through exactly what is needed to make sure your CV is impressive and stands out from the crowd.
Make sure the following personal details are included correctly:
- Phone number
- Email address – Make sure it is a sensible address, if you don’t have one then create one which you can use for professional purposes.
- LinkedIn URL – If you don’t have a LinkedIn account I suggest you make one as employers often use LinkedIn to search for prospective candidates.
When writing your career history in a CV always start with your most recent job role and then date backwards.
Include all your past jobs, even if you don’t think they are relevant to the subject, as any job will show employers you are willing to work and have experience of holding down an employment position.
If you have never had a job before don’t worry, you can just replace this section with a bit more about yourself, for example, hobbies and interests that show you have other skills such as being a team player or leadership skills.
This is the section where you can really boast about yourself, make sure you include as much experience as possible.
If you’re applying for a specific job post then make sure you read the job description and specification carefully. One tip is to sit and highlight the experience points that are stated in the specification so when you write your CV you can look back over it and know exactly what points you need to cover.
Experience doesn’t have to only include previous job posts, you can also mention work experience placements or volunteer work. Most jobs are looking for the same sort of skills such as: team player, good time keeper, communication skills, trustworthy etc. So, think of things you have done in your life that have helped you build on these skills such as playing on a team in school or leading a project, these are all attributes which show you have what it takes to be successful in a job role.
If you don’t have a specific job to apply for here are some skills to mention which all employers will be looking for:
- Organisation and communication skills
- Team player
- Good time keeper
- Able to use your own initiative
The expected amount of references to have on a CV is two. These should ideally be from previous employers, however, if you don’t have any then use a past teacher and someone in an academic profession that isn’t a family member.
Other Points To Remember
Here are some other things to keep in mind when writing your CV:
- Mentioning past achievements shows that you have accomplished something and are proud of your previous work or experience.
- Don’t make it too long, two pages is the maximum for a CV. Think of it as a glance in to your skills and background, it doesn’t have to be overly detailed.
- Grammar and spelling is really important, have someone proof read your work for you to double check there are no mistakes.
- Don’t send the same CV out to every single job you find, make sure you look over it first to check if there are any extra requirements that should be added for every individual position.
If you write a CV and are still unsure about it then get it checked by one of our tutors, they will be happy to give you any pointers to make sure it’s perfect to send out.