writing a CV for the first time.
Updated: Jun 25, 2021
When you’ve left education and are ready to venture into the working world, writing an eye-catching CV is key to securing job interviews. If that sends alarm signals running through your body then you're in the right place; this blog is going to provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to ace writing your CV for the first time. Take a deep breath, grab a cup of tea and a notepad, and let’s get started.
why do I need it?
‘CV’ stands for Curriculum Vitae which is Latin for "course of life". A CV is typically a one-page document that highlights skills, education, and work experience, including placements or voluntary work. Any work experience you can get on your CV will increase your chances of an employer inviting you in for an interview. Experience within an industry will be highly sought after.
what should I include?
Your CV should include all of your relevant work and experience as well as your most up to date qualifications. It is a good idea to place contact details including your name, email, and number at the top of the page for employers to quickly access.
You should include any hyperlinks to portfolios, relevant social media (ensure your linked social media is appropriate for the job you are applying for), or previous work. It’s paramount that you use lots of keywords within your CV as an employer is likely to skim read through the page.
how should I structure it?
Employers receive hundreds of applications and alongside it, a hefty amount of CVs to get through. Ideally, your CV should be a page long to two pages long, but the more compact the better. Structure your CV with your name, contact details at the very top, followed by a short “profile” that describes who you are in a sentence or two including any languages you speak. Then outline any experience you have, placing the latest experience gained at the top of the list, this should include both voluntary and employment work.
The bottom half of your CV should include two referees - this could be a teacher or former employer - with contact details, and finally a section for your qualifications and skills relevant to the job you are placing an application for.
our top tips.
Remember to give your CV a thorough check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Repeat this a couple of times and ask a friend or family member to also read through it.
Use sub-headings to clearly structure your CV, ensuring that job titles are in a bold font.
Write a couple of lines underneath each job title, providing a concise overview of your responsibilities and roles.
Hone in on the things that make you unique and help you stand out against another candidate. Good luck!
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