City : CV Hothouse : What is a CV for?
A CV is a one or two page document which lists your skills and experiences for you to give your future employer.
Everyone who is applying for a job has to have a CV, so if you don't already have one then create one now. Even if you think you don't have anything to put on your CV you will be surprised with how much you actually have. Take a look at our Skills Translator (see Floor 2 - I have nothing to put on my cv!!!) to see what you can talk about.
It is the first thing that your employer will see when you apply so you need to make sure that you do yourself justice.
On average your employer will spend 30 seconds looking at your CV so you need to grab their attention, here are some tips on how you can get them to spend longer on your CV:
- Make it clear and easy to read
- Don't have any spelling mistakes or typos
- Have an interesting personal statement
- Look professional
Your CV won't get you the job, but it might get you an interview so it is the first step.
Don't forget that a CV should always come with a covering letter. There is more advice on that in this building.