City : CV Hothouse : What is a good CV?
Make a list of everything you have ever done, work experience, school, clubs, volunteering, hobbies,interests and the dates you did them
What job are you applying for? Make a list of the skills they are looking for and the personality traits they want. (Do they want someone who works with people or someone who sticks to deadlines or anything else)
Writing your Personal Statement:
- It should be 3 or 4 sentences long and comes at the beginning of your CV
- One sentence on where you are now, are you job hunting or are you working part time?
- One sentence about what kind of job you are looking for. Are you going into sales, construction or IT?
- What is your motivation? Where do you want to end up? Be realistic about it!
- It should give an idea about who you are as a person and what your motivations are
- It should be written in full sentences
Top Tips For Making A Good CV
- No longer than 2 sides of A4
- It is a record of your skills, experiences and qualifications
- Tell the truth
- Show how to contact you (have you name, contact details and phone number on it)
- There should be no mistakes or typos (get as many people as you can to check it over)
- Don’t be modest. No one else will tell them what you can do. As a general rule you should be a little bit embarrassed when you show your CV to someone you know. You have to be your own biggest cheer leader.
- Try to avoid negative words like “not”, “although” and “despite”
- Get as many people as you can to help you read it through. At least two or three.
- It should show a bit of who you are. This comes in the personal statement at the beginning.
Once you've written it
Check it, check it and check it again... then get someone else to check it as well.
There should not be a single mistake in what you write or a typo.
You can use the online spell checker in our progress tracker to make sure.