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CV stands for curriculum vitae. It’s a brief overview of a person’s education, qualifications, past employment and skills.
You are usually asked for a CV when applying for jobs, apprenticeships and sometimes for work experience, so that employers can see if you are suitable for that job. Employers see lots of CVs so it is important to make sure yours stands out from the crowd – in a positive way!
Use the links below to help you start building your CV today. Remember that your CV should be mirrored in content to anything you have on social media platforms e.g. LinkedIn and needs regular updating.
Barclays Life skills:
CV writing tool
Worksheets on employability skills
UCAS How to write a CV
Prince’s Trust - CV Top Tips [includes a couple of videos]
For guidance and tips - National Careers Service
Free, interactive ‘Looking for work’ booklet developed by the Youth Employment UK through its Young Professions Skills programme and career hub provides a range of information including CV writing, cover letters and on-line job applications.
Future Learn – access a free online course on ‘How to succeed at Writing applications’- includes top tips to help you write exceptional applications, CVs, covering letters and personal statements.
Fledglink – Watch the video workshop ‘CV Master Class’
Note: Some industries don’t use CVs anymore and will search your digital profile – online. Others may ask for a video interview and offer you the opportunity to download your profile from LinkedIn for the job application.