How to write a CV 

Write a CV that works for you

The aim of a CV is to get you an interview.
It is your chance to impress the employer, so make your CV
the best it can be. 

Your CV is an advertisement for your skills and experience. 

On a CV you will need to put your:

  • Personal Profile
  • Contact details
  • Strengths and Skills
  • Employment and Work Experience
  • Education, Qualifications and Training
  • Hobbies and volunteering that are relevant to the job

It’s not easy to write about yourself, but it is important if you want to achieve that goal of an interview.

Writing a covering letter or e-mail to send with your job application or CV

You will usually need to email or send a letter with your CV (and sometimes application) introducing yourself to the employer.

A covering email or letter is important as it is your first contact with the employer. Make a good first impression in your covering letter / email, and the employer is more likely to read your CV.

Put the following information in your e-mail or covering letter in this order:

  1. State the job you are applying for and the job reference number if there is one
  2. Say where you saw the job advertised (for example, on Indeed)
  3. Write a short paragraph summarising the main skills you have. (Make sure that the skills you put in match the skills the employer is asking for)
  4. Thank the employer for their time. You might want to add something like ‘I look forward to hearing from you soon’
  5. If you start ‘Dear Sir’ or ‘Dear Madam’, you should end ‘Yours faithfully’. You use ‘Yours sincerely’ only if you are writing to somebody by name. Don’t use ‘Yours truly’ or any other endings

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