Apprenticeships In this section What is an apprenticeship? Why is an apprenticeship the right choice for you? Apprenticeship programmes Vacancies Why choose a Higher Apprenticeship? Getting you ready for an apprenticeship Ten tips to writing a successful CV Ten useful tips to help you create a successful CV, which will secure you that first interview. 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. Tailor it Only include information which is relevant to the job you are applying for Keep your CV updated Every time you gain more experience or learn a new skill update your CV. Use positive language Showcase your skills in the best way possible and convince an employer you are the best candidate for the job. Make it look good Make a good impression by ensuring your CV it is well presented and clear to read. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.