DurhamWorks - Top tips for writing your CV.

Don’t worry!  Sometimes producing or updating a CV can be daunting, but you can follow our tips to help you feel confident you’re on the right path. Use our advice and website, find a template you like, ask for help from family or friends, and you can always contact a DurhamWorks adviser for more support. Think about your skills, experiences and qualities that make you a great candidate for the job you want.

Break it down – a CV has only five sections to worry about.

  • Personal Profile: introduce yourself and your interest in the job, role or industry
  • Skills: show what you’re good at
  • Work experience: shows how you are as an employee
  • Education: your qualifications and time at school/college
  • Interests and achievements: a way to introduce other things, like sports or hobbies, that can help you show off your skills, experience and qualities

The most important thing to remember is your CV is to put together your skills, experiences and qualities which will make you a great employee.  

FOCUS your CV – you want your CV to get you somewhere, where might that be?  Is it a job you’ve seen advertised?  An industry you’re really interested in working in.  A role you think would be a good fit for you.  Make sure you have a clear idea about WHY you are making a CV – and if you need some guidance around this, speak to your DurhamWorks adviser.  

Skills and Qualities – your CV is a chance for you to say what your skills are, find examples from your experiences and match them with the skills needed for your future job!  This is an important SKILL you can learn to use in CVs, application forms and interviews to really sell yourself and get where you want to be.

Details – these are important!

Make sure you include DATES with education and work experience to tell a story of your life.  

  • Put things in CONTEXT, i.e. a part-time job while at college, a summer volunteering experience, helping your uncle with a project – all are useful, but all need to be explained.
  • Check your CONTACT DETAILS are up to date and appropriate (no nicknames in email addresses, for example), don’t include personal information like your date of birth or NI number.
  • Check your spelling and grammar.
  • Save your CV with your name on it, so it doesn’t get lost in a pile of CVs sent in electronically!
  • Talk to a DurhamWorks adviser – this is what we are here for, to help you build an excellent CV, feel confident when applying for jobs and help you match up your skills, experiences and qualities with the jobs you want.  

A DurhamWorks Advisor can help with checking spelling and grammar, making sure the layout is good, helping you find out what your skills are and how best to show them off and help you feel confident about applying for jobs.  Remember, the skills you gain from making a CV can be used in application forms, job searches and interviews, so it’s always useful.

If you have any concerns about getting started and wanted to speak to one of our team, fill out the contact us form on our website or speak to your work coach. 

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Posted in DurhamWorks Participants, General News, Our Stories on May 06, 2020

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