As part of our 12 Wishes campaign, we regularly work with local schools, colleges and Universities and run CV workshops with the students.

We often are asked to provide example CVs so have instead created this template which we hope will be of use.

A CV is a big first step to getting a job. It doesn’t just show employers what you’ve done – it shows them what you can do. A CV can be a nice summary of information that you could edit to form your personal statement for university.

 

WHY DO YOU NEED A CV?

A CV tells employers what you’re good at, what you are interested in and what you’ve achieved in life so far.  You hand it out when you are looking for jobs. They are great to take to careers fairs, and you can often upload your CV if you are applying for a job online. If an employer likes your CV they might ask you to come to a job interview.
Your CV is your chance to show employers you’re a good match for the job and can back up any claims you make. If you say in your cover that your cooking could put the Great British Bake-Off to shame, your CV can back you up by showing how you raised hundreds of pounds in a school charity bake sale.

 

PERSONAL DETAILS

  • First and Second name (Only include your middle name if you are commonly called by this name)
  • Address
  • Mobile and Home telephone number, email address (is it a professional email address?), LinkedIn URL

 

PROFILE

You should adapt this section for every job you apply for, it should be a sales pitch of yourself and the key reasons why you’re right for the job.

Keep this short, no more than 5 lines and make sure you’ve included who you are i.e. Recent School Leaver, why your right for the job i.e. with well-developed IT skills resulting from my A grade in computing and creating websites in my free time. Complete this section by telling them what you’re looking for i.e. Now looking for my first job in a web design company such as XXX where I can use my skills and continue to develop. 

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Include all of your education from secondary school level in reverse chronological order i.e. most recent first.
Include the subjects and the results you have received.

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Include any previous jobs you’ve had detailing the start date, end date, employer and job title. 

Use a couple of lines to describe the job

• Then use bullet points to list the main tasks in the role

If you’ve had any particular achievements in the role, i.e. if you received a recognition for good customer service, make sure you mention this here.

If you’ve not worked before, don’t worry you can still put information into this section. 
You could change the title to say WORK EXPERIENCE and then list any work experience you’ve carried out whilst at school, or any volunteering you do or charity work. 

 

KEY SKILLS AND STRENGTHS

This is a great section to put a lot of information into if you don’t have a lot of previous work experience.

Look at the job description and highlight the key skills they are looking for and then, if you have these skills, tell them about them.

i.e. 

Team Work  

Worked as part of a team of 5 during Young Enterprise this year. Listened to others, identified people’s strengths and made sure that everyone’s successes were recognised.

Time Management  

Balanced my school work successfully with other interests including Duke of Edinburgh, playing for my local football team and being part of the Mock Trial team. Learnt how to prioritise and work productively to make good use of the time available.

 

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

This is an optional section but a great one to use if you don’t have a lot of work experience.


Think about the skills that your hobbies and interests give you.

Also if you have a hobby that’s relevant to the type of job you’re going for that’s great! Maybe you create websites and you’re looking for a job with an Electrical retailer or you have a fashion blog and you’re applying for a role in a fashion retailer.