Olivia Taylor

How to Write a CV

CVs are really important to finding a job – but can be REALLY confusing to begin. Here is our guide to writing a CV. We hope it helps!

Main CV Sections:

CVs are a summary of your professional and educational background, the document is used in your job search. Not all jobs will ask for a CV, but it can still be helpful to have to fill out forms. They should generally be less than 2 pages, your first CV will likely only be 1 page. 

A CV often has the following sections:

  • Your name, number and email 
  • Summary 
  • Education 
  • Work History 

Sometimes you can add additional sections such as:

  • Interests 
  •  Skills 
  • Achievements 
  • References

You should put full name, number and email and address at the top. 

Make sure that your email is professional (e.g. yourname@outlook.com/ Firstname.Lastname@gmail.com/yourname123@icloud.com)

You should not put your date of birth or a photograph. 

You may also call this section “About Me”, “Personal Summary” but this section doesn’t necessarily need a title. 

This section should always be just under the contact section. 

 It can be as laid out follows:

“A [objective] current student at X school with a wide-ranging set of skills including Y and Z.”

You may also want to add your objective:

“Currently looking for a part time job in retail alongside College”.

You may also want to put a summary of the rest of your CV 

“I have great interpersonal skills developed in my role on the Student Council and I have developed my customer service skills by taking part in cake sales at school.”

(Try not to write more than 100 words)

This can be also be called “Work Experience” or simply “Experience”

This section can include any previous work, work experience, work shadowing, volunteering, charity work, summer jobs or leadership positions at school. 

e.g school council, sports team, other clubs 

Lay out as follows:

Football Captain – Ashwood Secondary school – April 2020 – current 

 As captain of the football team, I have experience of leadership and teamwork. Further this demonstrates commitment and reliability as I have never the training and matches.

Classroom assistant – Primary School London – 21 June 2020 – 29 June 2020

As a classroom assistant in the local primary school with year 4, I gave one-to-one reading and maths support to the students. It showed my empathy and adaptability as I had to use different methods with each child.  

Work should be laid out in a “chronological” order (e.g. the most current experience should be at the top, the oldest experience should be at the bottom) 

If you don’t have much experience – the Education Section can be placed above the Work section 

If you haven’t yet completed any qualifications, you can put your predicted grade. 

Lay it out as follows:

XYZ School – A Levels – 2020 

English – D 

Art – A 

Additional qualifications – Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, “Highest Achiever” in Art Award

XYZ School – GCSE – 2016 

5 A*-C, including a B in English Language, A in Maths, and C in English Literature 

Additional Qualification – Level 2 ICT Functional Skills 

 

Optional CV Sections:

You might consider a skills section, including some of the following skills: 

  • IT skills (aka Microsoft Word, Microsoft Edexcel, Microsoft Powerpoint etc) 
  • Typing Speed (Test yourself – https://www.typingtest.com/) 
  • Languages (can write Beginner, Immediate or Expert depending on your ability)
  • Any skill-based certificates

You can also put “soft” skills:

  • Interpersonal Skills (Person Skills)
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving 
  • Team Working 
  • Adaptability 
  • Communication skills 

 

You can have an interest section to tell the employer more about you and your skills. You can put things as follows:

  • Sports
  • Playing games like Chess
  • Reading – say what books
  • Writing 
  • Art 
  • Cooking
  • Volunteering 
  • Clubs 
  • Fundraising
  • Joining social, environmental or animal rights groups

This section could include any awards, leadership roles, personal projects (Youtube, Blog, Business), winning or running up in competitions, doing well in sporting event, exceeding targets at school, helping others, good results in a certain test/subject etc 

You can put “References Available Upon Request” 

Or you can put your references at the bottom as following: 

Mr XYZ 

Teacher of Science 

MrT@email.com 

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People you can use as a reference include: previous employer, volunteer supervisor, teacher from your school, community leader (aka Guides/Scouts/Sports coach), mentor etc 

You can not use family, friends or anyone you’ve had bad experiences with