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What’s In A Good CV?

So first of all, what exactly is a CV? CV stands for Curriculum Vitae and it is a document which gives an overview of your skills, education, work experience and qualifications. It is used when you apply for a job so that your employer can see who you are and why they should hire you. If you’re in your final year of school or you are a school leaver, you may not have a good understanding of how to write a CV and why it is so important. So here are a few tips to get you started.

Understand what needs to be on your CV
On your first CV, you may find it hard to fill some areas as you won’t have had much work experience, so you could focus more on the skills you think you possess or any responsibilities you’ve had either in school or at an extra-curricular club. The main section headers you could use are:

  • Personal Details
  • Education
  • Skills and Achievements
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • Ambitions
  • References

Take a look at examples
There are hundreds of resources online that you could use to gain some guidance and inspiration when writing your CV. There are lots of examples of good CVs that you can use to see what kind of layout you should use and what kind of information to include on your CV.

Ask for help
Your carers or parents will probably have lots of experience in writing a CV because it’s such a crucial document in your working life. They’ll know a lot about you too, so they can help you on areas such as your skills or personal qualities that would make you employable.

When you are young, you are often asked the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up? A superhero? An astronaut? A pop star?”.

These were some of my ideas at one point or another. You may be thinking something similar or you may not know what you want to do or be.

As you get older, you get asked a lot of questions about careers but this is nothing to be worried about; it can actually be quite interesting to explore different career paths.

I have learnt that there are thousands of jobs you can do when you’re an adult, some which may not have even been invented yet which is very exciting. No matter what you’re interested in or what you enjoy, whether it is science, art, music, maths or sports, there will be some kind of career for you.

All of this might sound a little overwhelming. You may be sat reading this thinking, “I have no idea what I want to be” or “I don’t know what I’m good at” but this is nothing to worry about. Lots of people don’t know what job they want to do and it is completely normal to change your mind if you have any particular ideas about what you want to be. The most important thing is that you work hard at school so that you have access to career opportunities in the future.