Need a CV?

A CV is a statement which allows you to tell an employer about your skills, abilities qualifications and experiences

  • A CV starts with your name, address, and telephone numbers at the top of the page
  • This is usually followed by a personal statement – 3 or 4 sentences to describe your strengths, career aims and future plans.
  • The next section is Education: arrange the information in columns with name of school /college followed by the dates you attended
  • If you have any qualifications list them under the next section. If you are studying but don't have the results yet, put the details of the course and write that you are waiting for the results
  • Then outline any employment or training you have undertaken
  • List any interests you have or something you do in your free time 
  • Follow this with the names and addresses of two people who would be able to provide you with a reference. They should not be relatives, and you need to ask them first.

Sometimes you are asked to complete a letter of application to go with your CV. If this is the case, the points to note are:

  • Put your address on the top right hand side of letter and the address of person you writing to on the top left hand side
  • Use the name of the person if you know this and make it clear what job you are applying for
  • Write a few sentences about why you are interested in applying for the job
  • Finish your letter with "Yours sincerely" if you uses the person’s name, and "Yours faithfully" if you used "Dear sir/madam"

Where to find out more

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