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Tips for writing a good CV

If you’re thinking about applying for an apprenticeship, you will need to write a CV which can be sent to the recruiting employer. A strong CV will help you to stand out from the competition and will help you to secure the job you want.

An apprenticeship CV does not have to be very long. The person reading it is not expecting you to have heaps of experience. Visit the College’s Job Shop where you can get support to write a CV and interview tips.

Here are some of the things you could include:

Contact details: Include your name, address, telephone number and email address.

Personal profile: Write a few lines about yourself. Explain your future career goals and any skills and/or experiences that might help your application.

Education: List any qualifications you hold. Include your GCSE results or your predicted grades if you haven’t completed them yet.

Work experience: List any work experience or placements you have completed. Include the dates that you worked there, the name of the employer and an overview of your duties.

Volunteering: List any volunteering activities that you have completed. Include the dates of the activity, the name of the employer and an overview of your duties.

Skills: Detail any skills you have that may be of interest to the employer. Include any practical skills and technical skills you have.

Interests: List any sport interests or hobbies that are relevant to the apprenticeship programme or provide transferable skills, such as teamwork. Include information that will interest the reader and show your commitment to a particular area, which is an impressive skill to have!

References: It’s important to include the name and contact information of two people who will provide the employer with a reference. These shouldn’t be family members or friends.
Always contact your referees first to make sure they are happy to give a reference and to have their contact details shared before including them on your CV.

Grammar and spelling: Remember to check your CV for any spelling mistakes and grammatical errors before submitting it to an employer.

Last updated: 28th March 2022

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