How many times have you gone to write a CV and found yourself staring at a blank screen? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. If you’re writing a CV from scratch it can be a stressful task, especially if it’s your first.
What information should be included on my CV?
- Personal details
- Personal statement
- Work experience
- Hobbies and interests (optional)
It goes without saying that you should always include your personal details (name, address, email, phone number). However, so many applicants miss this off and it’s really not a great start regardless of how impressive your CV may have been, that wouldn’t matter as the recruiter would be unable to contact you to invite you to an interview anyway.
Once you’ve included your personal details it’s time to get stuck in and write that all important personal statement. This should be concise but memorable. It’s your time to shine and help the recruiter learn a little about you, what you can bring to the table, what you’re looking for and why you’re a suitable candidate. Remember, recruiters tend to disregard generic CV’s so make sure you make it unique to the job, graduate programme or Apprenticeship you’re applying for.
Next, you should include any work experience you have gained, this can include voluntary or paid. You should always start with your most recent role first including your job title, the companies name, key responsibilities and the date you started and ended.
Following on from this you should then include your education, again starting from most recent. In this section you should include where you studied, starting/ending date, subjects studied and grades.
Now it’s time to use examples, you need to show how your previous educational and work experience has given you the skills you now need to be a suitable candidate for the position you’re applying for.
The next stage is optional, if you think including your hobbies and interests are relevant then definitely include them as this can help set you apart from the crowd. Even if they aren’t relevant to the position you can still include them if you think they’ll add value.
Keywords to include in my CV
- Able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team
- Manage your workload
Always remember to use examples to back up the keywords you use!!
Here are some extra tips you should follow when writing a CV:
- Keep it short (maximum two A4 pages)
- Make sure the font is easily read
- Clear headings
- Proof read!!! Make sure it makes sense and that all your grammar and spelling is correct. Ask someone else to read it, after all, two sets of eyes are better than one.
- If you’re emailing your CV make sure your email address is suitable for example, steer clear of email addresses like ‘[email protected]’