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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.

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