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How to Write a Successful CV

Your CV is probably the most important document required when applying for a job. It outlines all your education, background, skills and achievements and it represents you in the application process when applying for a new position. Here at Estio Training we receive lots of CVs every day from young people applying for Apprenticeship roles – here is some advice on how to write a successful CV and get that job you want.

What is a CV?

CV stands for ‘Curriculum Vitae’ and it’s an outline of a person’s Professional and Educational history. A CV is usually prepared for job applications.

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What information should a CV include?

You need to add your personal details. This would be your name, address, date of birth, telephone number and email.

Education and qualifications

You should be adding your GCSEs, A Levels, Diplomas etc. Also the subjects that you had taken, for example Maths, English, I.C.T. and any other subjects that may have taken should be put onto your CV.

Work experience

When you’re adding your work experience to your CV remember to add action words such as ‘developed’, ‘planned’, ‘created’, ‘designed’, ‘organised’ etc. Even if you have had a part time job working in a shop or a bar, it will still involve working in a team, providing quality service to customers, so they will come back again. Dealing tactfully with complaints. This is all work experience and it’ll look good on your CV. Try relate skills to the job. For example marketing. For a marketing role you would place a bit more emphasis on negotiating skills, Interpersonal communication, good writing ability and good writing skills.

Interests and achievements

When you’re writing about your interests and achievements make sure to keep it short and to the point. Bullet points can be used to separate interests into different types. Don’t put many passive, solitary hobbies (reading, watching TV etc.) if you do put these then you may be perceived as lacking people skills. Show a range of interests to avoid coming across as narrow. If everything centres around one thing like ‘sport’ the employer may wonder if you could hold a conversation with a client who wasn’t interested in sport. Try and add interests to job your applying for. This is worth mentioning. Also showing evidence of employability skills such as team working, organising, planning, persuading etc. This is important and you should add it your CV.

Skills

If there are any skills that you have then remember to add them to your CV. Add skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

You don’t want an extremely long CV and you don’t want it too short either. A CV should be cover no more than two sides of A4 paper. It’s not about quantity it’s about quality. Once you have finished your CV carefully check it over and make sure the grammar and spelling are correct. You want a CV that is interesting, varied and makes you sound like the ideal employee.

If you need help or further advice with your CV send it to our Talent Acquisition Team here at Estio Training and we will provide you with some feedback and helpful insights. Send your CVs to hello@estio.co.uk/training

Amy Smith

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