Here you should take a few lines, not a few paragraphs (save that for the cover letter, see example below) to quickly outline your interest in the role and why you’d be a good fit. Do not list out your skills here as they will be more relevant to employers searching for your CV within a job role listed under “WORK EXPERIENCE”.
The aim is to highlight your professional attributes and goals, summarising why someone should consider your application.
Job Title – Dates of Employment (date format should be Month YYYY e.g. November 2011 – May 2012)
Company Name – www.employer.co.ukLocation –
It is very important to include breaks in employment. This is a requirement when applying for jobs within health and Social care.
- Provide key achievements within a role and try to highlight the skills used to obtain your goal
- Try to avoid soft terms like “high energy” and aim for skills used within the role – such as “delivering personal care”, “administered medication” or “managed a team”
- Provide enough information to entice your potential employers to call you
- Always keep examples relevant to the role you are applying for
Job Title – Dates of Employment
Company Name – www.employer.co.uk
For older jobs you should keep the details slightly shorter, remembering to include your dates of employment and key skills obtained/applied to achieve your goals.
- Try to avoid cliché phrases that don’t differentiate you as a candidate
- Always tailor your CV for each job application to match the requirements
- Try not to ramble on if you feel like you don’t have much to write in this area. Concise to the point CVs will be preferred as they are quick to read and won’t be generic.
If you are looking for your first job and do not have much or any work experience at this point – do not worry. Expand on your education responsibilities and apply them to real life scenarios so an employer has an understanding of what you have achieved and the means used to get these achievements.
NVQ 3 Subject Name – September 2008
NVQ 4 Subject Name – June 2011
University of Life
· You can help sell yourself with a few bullet points on what were some of your goals and achievements during your time at school/university
· If any skills were learnt that relate to the job you’re applying for, it would be a good idea to mention those to further align yourself with their criteria
A-Levels/GCSE, June 2010 – June 2012
Business Studies: A
GCSE’s, June 2002 – June 2007
School Name, Done Well
Feel free to list these out in bullets or in a table. If you lack experience for a role that you are deeply passionate about, you may want to mention how you use your spare time to pursue this passion. Be it in reading around the subject matter or expanding your technical skills.
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