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Writing your CV

Producing a CV

When you have found a job you think you could do, there are different ways that companies may ask you to apply for it. One of these ways is by sending in your Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A CV is a short document that lists your personal details, skills and experience.Its a record of your qualifications and skills, so you need to ensure its up to date whenever you apply for a new job. Employers choose who they want to interview from what is contained on your CV, so its really important that its easy to understand and shows off why you are the most suitable candidate for the job.

Spelling mistakes, poor grammar and information missing on your CV does not give a good impression and if it is incomplete, employers may simply throw it in the bin. Writing a CV for the first time can seem like an impossible task. You just don't know what to put in or what to leave out, don't worry, everyone has relevant things to put on their CV.

The basics of producing your CV

Although there is no correct way to complete your CV, there are some sections that all CVs should contain. These are:

· personal and contact information
· education and qualifications
· work history
· skills relevant to the job
· references

Things to remember

Match your CV to a particular job. Because different jobs need different sets of skills, you should change to your CV for each so that it closely relates to whatever position you are applying for.

Update your CV regularly, so that all your skills and experiences are included and it is an accurate and positive reflection of you.

References should be from people who know you well and can tell an employer about what you have done in the past. They are usually your last two employers, but if you havent worked before, you can use someone who knows you well such as a teacher or a tutor from school or college.

If you are a disabled young person, you need to decide if you are going to disclose your disability. You are only obliged to disclose your disability by law if it may cause health and safety issues for you or others.

You will need to send a covering letter with your CV. Remember to sell yourself in the letter - tell them what job you are applying for and why you think you would be right for it.

Make sure that your CV is:

· Typed - if you don't have your own equipment, use school, college, Connexions Centre or try your local library.
· Clear - don't try to be fancy keep it black print on white paper in an easy to read font such as Arial 12.
· Logical - start with your name and contact details, work through your school, college and any work.
· Accurate - proof read it and make sure it makes sense and there are no spelling mistakes.
· Concise - keep it short - 2 pages if possible.
· Above all be honest in your CV - remember you will have to support anything you have written if you get an interview!



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