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How to make them
Why are effective CV’s essential!
• Employers can’t meet everyone, they wish
  they could but they can’t!
• They tell your story, who you are at a
  glance, this helps them shortlist who they
• Some jobs get thousands of applicants.
• BT had 26,000 applicants for their 300
  apprenticeship opportunities last year
     What CV’s should do!
• Tell your story, everyone is an
  individual, you all have very different
  qualities and strengths (all of you, be
  confident) so no CV will be the same.

• You should follow general guidelines
  though to ensure they are read
     What CV’s should be!
• Be simple to read and well laid out.

• Should show off your plus points.

• Be written for someone else’s
  perspective, think about what they
  want to read about you!
      What CV’s shouldn’t be!
•   Difficult or confusing to read!
•   Be too long, maximum 2 pages!
•   Have poor spelling or grammar!
•   Irrelevant (they do not need to know
    how you are an Xbox champion
    unless you are applying to a be
    games tester!)
What you need to put in a CV!
•   personal and contact information
•   education and qualifications
•   work history
•   skills relevant to the job
•   interests
•   references
    How to highlight your interests
           and experience!
•   Examples of team working
•   Voluntary or work experience
•   Positions of responsibility
•   Activities that show initiative
•   Skills learned that take dedication and
• Part time jobs
• Work experience
• Team captains, project leadership,
  house captains, Scout or Guide
• Playing sports regularly, learning
  instruments, hobbies (fixing things,
  cars, computers), Dance or Drama
                     Key Skills
• It’s also important to include a section dedicated to your
  skills. The ones that you mention will depend on the job
  you're applying for, but some examples of key skills can
  make you really stand out.
• Key skills include:
• computer skills - including using commonly-used
  programs, writing a blog or knowledge of web design
• communication skills - if you’re confident in speaking in
  front of groups and calm and friendly on the telephone
• teamworking - if you’ve ever worked in a large group of
  people like a sports team or a drama group
• problem solving ability - think about any problems you
  have overcome and how you did it
       Tailoring your CV!
• Research the company website
  properly, what do they do, why do
  their customers buy their product!
• Research the job specification, what
  would they want you to do, highlight
  key words!
• Find examples of what they want in
  what you have done, highlight these!
      Keep your CV updated
• Keep your CV up to date with any new
  experiences you think would be relevant.

• Modify it to send to specific opportunities.
     Useful site’s for Careers help
            and CV advice
•   This resource is a government run website, describing in detail what it is like
    to do a job, the transferable skills needed, salary, progression routes into
    the profession, and other useful links.
•   This resource is run by a charity called icould, it is a collection of videos of
    life stories of individuals, including their career paths and education.
•   This resource is part of the government run website referenced above.
•   It contains valuable LMI (Labour Market Intelligence)
•   for anyone who wants to know what future any given career might have.
•   This resource is part of a government run website, it contains information
    and a live jobs site for those interested in Apprenticeships.

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