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
What you need to put in a CV!
• personal and contact information
• education and qualifications
• work history
• skills relevant to the job
How to highlight your interests
• 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
• 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
• 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.