A CV is a short, written summary of your skills, achievements and experience. It is an opportunity for you to promote yourself to an employer.

What should you include on a CV? There are a number of different ways to write a CV, here’s the basics you should include:

Personal details

You should include your name, email, contact phone number and address. These are clearly presented at the top of your CV (There’s no need to add CV or curriculum vitae at the top). You can leave out details like your age, date of birth, marital status and nationality, these are not required. If you have a profile on a professional social media site like LinkedIn, you can add a link to it on your CV.

Personal statement

A personal statement is an opportunity to stand out from the crowd. It should be a few short lines explaining who you are, what you’re offering, and what you’re looking for. Aim to prove why you’re suitable in one short and succinct paragraph.

Work experience

This section should include all of your relevant work experience, with the most recent first. You can include work placements and volunteering as well as paid jobs you’ve held.

You should include your job title, the name of the organisation, time in post, and you’re a brief outline of your key responsibilities.

Education

Your educational experience and achievements should be listed here. You should include dates, the type of qualification and/or the grade you achieved.

This section can be added after your personal profile if you are early on in your career or if you do not have much work experience.

Hobbies and interests

You don’t always need to include hobbies & interests in your CV but relevant ones that show you have skills that are relevant to the job could make you stand out from the crowd. This section is useful if you do not have much work experience.

Remember employers get lots of CVs to look at and have to decide quickly who they are going to interview, a good CV will get you to an interview.

Use your CV to apply for advertised jobs, or to introduce yourself to employers you’d like to work for. They may have unadvertised vacancies.

Useful Links

The National Careers Service has some great information writing a CV.

Are you a young person? Use the CV writer on www.logonmoveon.co.uk to create a CV?

Are you an adult? Visit our East riding Employment Education and Skills to see what support is available to you.

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