Tips & Advice

The Basics of Writing a CV

Name and Contact Details: Address, email, telephone no.

Person Profile: 4-5 lines summarising yourself: personality, abilities, character and strengths – stand out information which relates to the type of jobs you are applying to.

Core Skills: Bullet point skills mentioning briefly why you think you have these skills.

Education and Qualifications: List with most recent college/school first, course and units/qualifications, dates and grades.

Employment/Work Experience: Most recent first – name of organisation, dates, roles and responsibilities. Remember to mention any voluntary work.

Interests/Additional Information: Any interests which have developed your skills, projects you have done at school/college or at home. Achievements such as D of E award, driving license etc.

Length – 1-2 pages, busy recruiters, will just glance at the CV it needs to grab their attention immediately.

Format – Use a simple, clear layout and font to make it easy for employers to fin the information they need.

What are employers looking for in a CV? Employers will be looking at your skills and experience/qualifications to see how suitable you may be to do the job and fit into their organisation.

10 Benefits of Being an Apprentice

  1. Earn a wage
  2. Get training
  3. Get qualifications that employers are looking for
  4. Get paid holidays
  5. Start a career
  6. Get experience and skills
  7. You can still go to University in the future
  8. Make industry contacts
  9. Get a head start in the field you want to work in
  10. You’ll have support throughout your apprenticeship

5 Tips For Meet The Employer Events

  1. Do attend – This is a chance to meet with companies, who are recruiting and may be able to offer work experience.
  2. Do your research – Try and find out which Employers are attending, Google them to find out more!
  3. Prepare a 30 second introduction –  Tell the Employer who you are, the course you are on and what you want to do when you finish.
  4. Ask questions – Take an interest in the people, ask question about the role and organisation.
  5. Find out the best person to send your CV to – You can have CVs with you but you want to make sure that your CV goes to the correct person.

If you need any tips or advice on the above, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Job Shop team at

Careers Advice

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