Meaning

CV stands for Curriculum Vitae, which means ‘course of life’ in Latin. It is a document that shows your skills, education and experience that you have gained thus far in your career.

Importance

A great CV is highly important when applying for a job, as it is the first thing an employer will see about you. From that, they decide whether you are a good fit for the job and whether to call you in for an interview.

Length

An Apprenticeship CV is not the same as a normal CV and this will be reflected in the length of it. As you are an apprentice, it would not be expected that you would have lots of experience so even if your CV is a page long, that’s fine.

Think about how it is presented

A CV should be typed and printed on A4 white paper. Ensure a font size between 11 and 14 is chosen. And the fonts that are normally used for CVs are Ariel, Verdana or Helvetica. The overall look of the CV should be professional and this should be presented in everything, even the font. So make sure it is clear, professional and easy to read. Also, make sure you don’t use fonts like Comic Sans.

Adapt it

Making your CV relevant to the job you are applying for is of a high importance. As most CVs get rejected because they haven’t been adapted and are not a good fit. As a candidate, you should consider what you want and what you have to offer, in terms of your skills and experience. As employers want to know about your technical skills, capabilities and experience that are relevant to the job you are applying for.

Make it stand out!

Concentrate on your achievements, how you have improved efficiency or even how you solved a problem. As this will show how you can become an asset to an organisation.

Don’t be modest

It is not the time to be modest when you are writing a CV, as showing your confidence in yourself will make the employer confident about you. Just remember there is a fine line between confident and cocky.

Order

The order of a CV is normally in the following way:

1. Personal Details – name, contact details and address

2. Personal Profile – skills & qualities, work history, achievements and career aspirations

3. Employment History and Work Experience – start with your most recent job or work experience first and then work back in time order. This information should include the employer’s name, the start and end dates that you worked for this employer, your job title and the main duties of that job.

4. Education and Training – similar to the previous section, outline your qualifications starting with the most recent. Include details of the college or school you went to, the dates you gained the qualification, as well as grades and any work-related courses you’ve taken.

5. Hobbies and Achievements – show your personality in this section and outline your hobbies, interests and achievements that are somewhat relevant to the role.

6. Additional Information – add any other detail here that you think is relevant.

7. References – You have the option with this section whether to list your references on your CV or to put ‘references available on request’. You can get a reference from someone that has known you for a while, such as a teacher.

You have followed these tips, the CV is completed, now it’s time to ensure the CV is clear, well-presented and in an order that makes sense. Double-check your spelling, as spell check does not always find everything. Get someone else to proofread your CV because sometimes they can spot something that you didn’t. Once you have done all this, send it off!