Write a CV
What you need to know
- A curriculum vitae (CV) is a document which tells an employer what skills, qualifications and experience you have, as well as what you are currently doing and what you hope to go on to.
- There are no strict rules about how a CV should look but it should be:
- clear and concise
- typed and no more than two sides of A4
- free of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, and
- accurate and honest.
- You will need a CV even if you are not planning to go into full time work, as you may need a part time job whilst studying or want to find a work placement.
Things to think about
- Your CV is your sales pitch! Make sure it emphasises your good points.
- Make sure you keep your CV up to date with your latest grades, achievements and work experience.
- For every job you apply for you should adapt your CV to emphasise the things the employer is looking for. The employer will usually give this information in a job description or person specification. By doing this you are more likely to get an interview!
- Don’t just send your CV when applying for a job, send a covering letter too, stating why you are applying for the job and what makes you suitable. If you are emailing your CV you can put this information in your email.
- Use the CV template to write down all the information you need for your CV.
- Complete the online CV builder to develop a CV ready to download and email
- Then type the information on the computer using word processing software – you can use our example CV to help you.
- Make sure you save your CV!
- Find out what support and resources are available in your school or area to help you write a CV – including any drop in or enrichment sessions.