If you are a student or school leaver looking for top tips to help your write your first CV, then you have come to the right place.
A CV (curriculum vitae) is an important document that shows employers what your have done, as well as what you can do. It showcases your qualifications, skills and experience and is often the first step in the employment process.
What should be in my CV?
Your CV should include the following information:
- Your full name
- Your contact details – address, telephone number and email
- A personal statement
- Details of your education and key skills
- Details of any work experience you have
- Contact details for at least two references
What is a personal statement?
Your personal statement is a sentence or two that sums up who you are and what you offer a potential employer in terms of your ambition and skill-set.
What counts as work experience?
You may not have had a job before, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have work experience – examples of work experience that you can include on your CV are:
- Work experience placements or shadowing
- Volunteering, charity work or community work
- Part time work such as summer jobs or weekend jobs
Who can give you a reference?
A reference comes from someone who can “vouch” for you when you are applying for a job. If you are still in school, you could ask your teacher to be a reference. If you have had part time work, done volunteering, charity or community work, then you could ask the person who supervised you for a reference.
What should you not have in your CV?
- You should aim to keep the document as clean and simple as possible so that it is easy to read – avoid complex designs and fonts.
- Make sure you have a professional email address – sports team names or jokey email addresses should be avoided if you want to make a good first impression.
Looking for more information on how to create a great CV? Check out our Top CV Writing Tips blog post.