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Early Careers - CV Writing Tips

6 October 2017

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When you’ve just come out of education it can be difficult to know where to start when writing your CV. Because you’re at the beginning of your career you may have limited experience and not know where to start. This doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Below is a simple guide on where to start and what information to include to give you the best chance of finding your new job.

 

What To Include (The Essentials)

(1) Personal Details

First & Last Name, Address, Email Address, Telephone Number (at least your mobile number).

 

(2) Education & Qualifications

Start with your most recent education and work backwards. Include the name of the school/colleague/university and the dates you attended. I would recommend at this stage listing out the exams/qualifications you have along with the grades you achieved. Here is also the place to add any further training you may have gained so far.

 

(3) Employment & Work Experience

In this section include any employment and work experience. You can present this as one section or 2 sections. Employers won’t be expecting you to have a huge amount of information at this point in your career. You can also include any voluntary work you’ve done under a Work Experience heading too.

When listing your employment and work experience, include the business name and dates of the employment / work experience.

Include 1-2 sentences about what this business does.

In bullet point format include any achievements (put these at the top of the list) or responsibilities / skills you had that will be useful in a new role. Please see the next section for what to include in the skills.

 

(4)Skills

This is not a separate section. However, it’s an important subject to highlight. Think about specific skills you have that would be useful for the type of work you would like to do.

Highlight teamwork – Most roles will involve you working with other people. This may be as a team or with people from other departments or businesses. Write about examples of work or projects when you’ve worked as part of a team. Were you the leader? What did you do? What did you contribute? What was the outcome?

Communication is a key skill in any job. You’ll work with a variety of different people during your lifetime. Developing good communication skills will mean you can get the best out of everyone you come in to contact with. Think about times when communicating well has benefitted you at work or during a project. What was the situation? How did you communicate? What was the outcome?

 

(5) Achievements

In this section write about your achievements. This can be occasions or awards when you have been recognised for doing well. You could choose to include these in your Education & Qualifications section or Employment & Work Experience section instead.

 

A Few Final Tips

  • Keep It Concise & Relevant – It should be on one page and no more than 2 pages.

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  • Keep It Simple & Professional – Use a professional looking font like Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana or Cambria. I’d recommend size 11 or 12 font. Write in a direct and confident manner.

 

  • Don’t lie.

 

  • Check Spelling & Grammar – Use the Spell Checker and read through your CV to make sure the words are used in the write context.

 

Click this link to see an example of how to layout an Early Careers CV.

Written your CV and would like to start applying for roles? Click this link to view our latest vacancies OR call the team today on 0117 369 9000. 

Early Careers - CV Writing Tips

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