CV & Work Opportunities

Finding out about jobs / careers

You could talk to your

  • Parents
  • Parent's friends
  • Your friends
  • Careers advisor
  • Teachers

The National Careers Service Website has a good template, examples and cv builder.

What to include in your CV

About your CV

Sometimes when searching and applying for work,  you will need to write your CV.  Remember it is selling you, and you should include your most relevant, positive attributes.

Personal contact information

Name, address, contact details (home and mobile telephone numbers, email address).  This is really important, make sure it is clear, if the employer wants to contact you they need to know how.  Make sure you have a sensible email address and any answerphone messages are suitable for a potential employer.  You want to make a good first impression.

Education

Your education history and qualification or predicted grades will form the basis for your CV. Display in reverse date order and show dates, name of school(s) and locations. Show subjects studied and grades if you feel that they are positive - remember it is your CV, so if you are not comfortable with certain grades from the past, you do not need to include them on your CV unless requested to do so.

Employment History

Only include if you have worked before e.g. weekend / part time / holiday job / /work experience.  Do not worry if you have not got much experience yet, employers will not expect you to have a long work history yet.  This should be present in reverse date order and show dates, name and town of employer, your job title and general duties and responsibilities.  Try to show achievements if possible, including facts and figures or even just praise from your manager.

Hobbies / Interest

The section should be towards the end of your CV.  This is where you can include personal achievements, hobbies, interests, clubs and societies you are involved in.  Your interviewer may ask you questions based on this and you may also have demonstrated important skills such as team work and commitment.