Ten tips to writing a successful CV

Ten useful tips to help you create a successful CV, which will secure you that first interview.

Apprenticeship CV tips

Keep it short!

It is an overview of your skills, qualifications and experiences. It should be no longer than two sides of A4. Use bullet points so it's easy to read.

Apprenticeship CV tips

Tailor it

Only include information which is relevant to the job you are applying for

Apprenticeship CV tips

Keep your CV updated

Every time you gain more experience or learn a new skill update your CV.

Apprenticeship CV tips

Use positive language

Showcase your skills in the best way possible and convince an employer you are the best candidate for the job.

Apprenticeship CV tips

Make it look good

Make a good impression by ensuring your CV it is well presented and clear to read.

Apprenticeship CV tips

Include key information

Include your name and contact details, a personal profile, secondary education and qualifications, overview of work experience, interests and hobbies and references on request.

Apprenticeship CV tips

A sensible email address

Have an email address that you would be happy to put on your CV. Try to use your full name as best you can.

Apprenticeship CV tips

Everyone has some work experience!

It could be that you babysit regularly or you help mentor younger siblings - this is still work experience. Most students also carry out work experience during their GCSEs.

Apprenticeship CV tips

What do your interests and hobbies say about you?

It is always interesting and important for an employer to see what else you enjoy in your free time.

Apprenticeship CV tips

Tell the truth

Blatant lies on your CV can land you in a whole heap of trouble when it comes to employers checking your references.