What information should I include on my CV?

Personal Details
Always include your name, email address and contact details at the top of your CV. There is no point submitting your CV if the employer can’t contact you!

Personal Statement
This is your chance to stand out from the crowd and highlight your strengths. Personal statements give the employer a sneak peek into who you are, what you can bring to their business and what you hope to achieve. Use this to prove why you are suitable for the role they are looking to fill.

Key Skills
Bullet point your top five skills that you can offer the employer and make sure you include these in your CV. 

Work Experience
This section should include all of your relevant work experience, listed with the most recent first. Include your job title, the name of the organisation, time in post, and your key responsibilities. If you haven’t got any work experience, speak to local businesses and voluntary services as this will really help to boost your CV.

Achievements
This is your chance to show how your previous experience has given you the skills needed to make you a suitable candidate. This could be awards that you have received in school or college or could be linked to a programme such as NCS, Prince’s Trust or Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Education
It’s important to list all of your qualifications (or predicted qualifications) on your CV along with the dates that you achieved them, the type of qualification and the grades you received.

Hobbies and Interests
Hobbies and interests show an employer that you are committed, and have developed team working and communication skills. For example, if you have attended dance classes or football, turning up for training each week shows dedication and reliability. Make sure to include anything else that will add value to your CV.

TOP TIP

Always ask someone to read over your CV for a final check. They might pick up on strengths that you haven’t included, or spelling mistakes.