Writing your first CV
Filling a blank page is hard. But we can help.
Let’s run through the different sections your CV should include, and what you should put in them.
First things first, you'll need a contact section.
This is pretty straightforward — your name, address, telephone number. And you might want to change that jokey email you’ve had since you were 12 to something a bit more professional.
There’s no need to attach a photo.
This is a summary of you. Think about the qualities and attributes you’ll bring. Hard-working, committed, creative — what can you offer? And what are you looking for? This only needs to be a few sentences long.
Now it's time to start thinking about all the hobbies, extracurricular activities and responsibilities you have. What skills do they give you? And which might be a good fit for the kinds of jobs you’ll be looking for?
It’s unlikely you’ll have much of this yet, but make sure to include:
- Part-time work (paper rounds, babysitting, anything you’ve done that demonstrates how responsible and trustworthy you are)
- Any work experience or volunteering you’ve done, either via school or in your own time
Education and training
You can list which qualifications you’re studying for, and when you expect to take an exam or receive your assessment. Make sure you include extra things such as additional training you’ve done, as well as other awards or exams (for example, musical instrument grades).
This just gives the reader a little bit of your personality — so you can list the kinds of things you like to do for fun, or show what you’re passionate about.
Now you know what you’re doing, download our CV template to help you present yourself at your best.
Once you’ve finished and checked and checked again for any mistakes, ask someone else you trust to check it for you. You’ve been looking at it for so long that you’re bound to have missed something.