What should I include in a CV?
In this section we are going to list the types of information you should include in your CV and how to display it.
Don't worry if there are some sections of this that aren't relevant to you, you may not have any work experience or other development activities just don't add the section to your CV.
One of the most important parts to this section is the organisation and presentation, make sure that the information is listed in reverse date order, the most recent first, especially when it comes to work experience, and always present your CV as a typed document, photo's and screenshots are a big no no.
Sections we would recommend including are...
- List the skills you have that are relevant to the role. You might be able to get on really well with everyone so tell them you have a great personality, or you might learn things quickly so you would add that you're a quick learner.
- Work Experience
- Go through your previous roles listing the dates, locations and most importantly achievements. For instance
- June 2020 - Jane's Hairdressing Emporium - Work Experience
- I completed two weeks work experience at Jane's Hairdressing Emporium. When I had finished Jane said I was a natural with her clients and made them feel really comfortable in the salon.
- List your colleges and schools, and your grades, or predicted grades. Don't forget to the qualifications that are relevant to the industry should come first.
- Other Development Activities
- If you have completed anything outside of school and work list this here. You may have a Duke of Edinburgh Award or have completed a private course these achievements show determination and dedication.
- You will usually need two references and they will usually be contacted after you have been offered the position. They should be former employers, teachers or anyone who knows you really well, but you should avoid asking friends and family, they might be a bit biased.