Create a CV that will help you get a job. Your CV or resume is vital to your job search. It tells an employer what you’ve done and what you’re good at. The aim of your CV is to get you an interview.
Writing your CV
- Keep your CV short (1 - to 4 pages).
- Put your best skills first, or those that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for.
- Use simple language and short sentences.
- Be positive and enthusiastic.
- You don’t need to attach certificates – just list your qualifications in your CV and make sure you’ve got the documents handy to take to an interview.
- Make it look good – no handwriting.
- Check your spelling and grammar (get someone else to check it too).
- Make sure you have an electronic copy handy so you can email it quickly to employers.
We’ve provided 2 types of CV templates in different formats that you can adapt. They contain information you need to include, and also some detail you may choose to tell the employer.
Issues with work history
An employer looks at your history to see if you’re suitable. If you don’t have specific experience in the job, highlight relevant skills and experience. If you have a gap in your work history, include a short sentence to say what you did and the skills you developed during that time.
You don’t have to say in your CV why a job ended. But if you’ve had lots of jobs, have been out of work for a while, or have gaps in your work history, be prepared to explain these things in an interview.
If you’re worried about how to deal with any issues, talk with us – we may be able to help.
Create a cover letter that will help you get a job, giving more detail about why you're suitable for the job you're applying for. You should always send a covering letter with your CV.
Writing a cover letter
- Be neat and tidy: if you’re sending a hard copy of your CV, print your letter on unmarked, white A4 paper.
- Keep it short: ideally just one page.
- Check your spelling and grammar and make sure you’ve got the correct job title and name spelling for the person you’re writing to.
- Be professional, positive and confident.
- Most of your letter should be in full sentences and split into paragraphs. You may wish to use bullet points to list key skills and achievements.
Your letter will probably be the first thing the employer sees, and they may decide whether to read your CV based on it. Write a tailored cover letter for each role or job lead outlining why you’re suited to that particular position.