Writing your CV

February 14th, 2017 in Recruitment

Someone on a laptop with a notepad beside them

Launching a new career can feel like a daunting prospect, but there’s plenty you can be doing now to prepare yourself for the right role.

Your CV could be the ticket to your dream job, and writing a successful one is easy once you know how.
  • Include all your formal qualifications and work history
  • If you haven’t got any work experience, you can still include things like volunteering or other activities which have given you useful skills.
  • Put the information in a logical order – start with the most recent and work backwards.
  • Tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for – read the person specification and job description carefully, and demonstrate why you’re the perfect candidate for the job.
  • Can’t satisfy every requirement? Highlight the areas you can and adapt the skills you have to suit.
  • Keep your CV to no longer than two pages of A4.
  • It’s best to address all gaps in your job history – even prison or illness. Be honest but positive.
  • Check and double check your CV before sending it anywhere – a fresh pair of eyes will often spot differences in style or typos which may put employers off so ask somebody to read it for you.
  • Include references – this could be someone who has employed you in the past and can talk about your experience. If you’ve never worked before, use a teacher or tutor as a reference.
Consider an apprenticeship

Are you a Home Group customer? Our apprenticeship scheme is open to you, and lets you learn while you earn in a supportive and encouraging environment. Boost your skills, improve your prospects and set off on a brand new career path.


Here are a couple of downloadable templates to help you get started: