How to write a CV

A CV shows employers your employment experience and qualifications. It is a summery of your professional self intended to help show and sell your abilities and potential for work. The key parts of a CV include:

Contact Information at the top of the page: This is your full name, home address, email address and your phone numbers.

Personal Profile: A professional summery of your career work goals you highlight your skills, qualities, experience in a 4-5 lines

Education and Qualifications

If this is one of your first potential roles and you have limited work history you can put your education next. This includes the names and dates you attended of any schools or colleges. List the qualifications and subjects you have achieved e.g  A levels, GCSE's, level 3, 2, 1 Entry level qualifications.

Put any short courses you have done for example IT or First Aid, music or sports qualifications, awards like Duke of Edinburgh.

Put your Employment history listing any jobs you have had you can include work experience and volunteering. If you have had a few jobs you can put your employment history first before education.

When you write up your employment history put most recent roles at the top and work back. Put the dates you worked their and if it was full or part time. Put the Company Name and the job role title.

Explain the basics of the role and your main duties and responsibilities 2-3 sentences. Identify at least a couple of skills the role taught you. This helps for the CV and later for the interview questions. Show your main achievements in each role. Spending time on this will also help with interview questions later.

Put any interests you have. (optional) 

Lastly put a couple of references (Contact details of people who know you professionally and can say good things about your ability to work like past employers, if you have any or if not people from volunteering, work experience, education for example, this can not be family) 

Some people mention their disability on their CV or cover letter, it is up to you and there is no legal need to declare but if you do the employer must by law offer 'Reasonable adjustments' and comply with the equality act (2010).

You may for example put a disability club or social group you belong too.

You may mention skills and qualities that you disability has given you like the need to hire personal assistance, work with support workers, maybe you have as a result developed certain IT skills, maybe you manage a personal budget.

It may be your disability has made you a creative problem solver, made you determined or made you empathetic. When and how you declare a disability is up to you and whether you feel you need for example adjustments. It is up to you how much you declare and that should depended on how much help you need. For example if you are dyslexic are you going to show a dyslexia report?If you do your employer may be able to help you more.        

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