CV Tips for Apprentices in 2021

Creating a CV is the first thing you need to do to look for a job.  Not only does it show employers what you have done – It shows them what you are capable of achieving. Your CV is the first impression an employer has of you… so make sure it is a good one!

Employers want to know these three things when reading your CV!

  1. Can you do this job?
  2. Why should we choose you?
  3. Will you fit in with us?

The person reading your CV will possibly have 20+ to read, so you need to make sure your CV stands out, it is easy to read, to the point and interesting. You only have around 60 seconds to show the employer that you have the skills to do the job!

What To Put In Your CV?

  • Full Name
  • Contact Details (Phone, Email & Address)
  • Personal Statement
  • Key Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Education

What To Put Down For Work Experience On Your CV

Work experience can be in all kinds of forms. If you’ve never had a job before, don’t worry because you probably have more experience thank you think. In this part of your CV, you can include any volunteering,

Work experience can be in all kinds of forms. This may be the first proper job that you have applied for, so you may be thinking you don’t have any. Well think back to any volunteering you may have done, or work experience you did during school. With each work experience, you put down make sure to include the name of the place you worked, how long you worked there and what your main jobs were. Try to write about the work you did in a way that shows future employers what you’d be good at.

Examples of work experience include:

Work shadowing and placements, Volunteering, Charity work, Saturday and summer jobs, Unpaid work.

What Do I Write in My Personal Statement?

A personal statement is a few sentences at the top of your CV. Include experience, skills, achievements, and your attitude to working. This part of your CV will allow you to show employees what you have to offer and why they should hire you. This is the first thing an employer will read on your CV so you need to really sell yourself and really make them think why you will be the best person for this job role.

What Do I Write in My Education Section?

Make sure you do complete your education section in full detail. Please make sure you add the following:

  • Where you’ve studied at
  • How long for
  • What grades you got in each subject

If you haven’t got your results back just yet, don’t worry. You can put down the grades that you have been predicted.

What Do I Write in My Key Skills?

If you feel like you don’t have any work experience to put down on your CV don’t worry, you can still use your CV to tell the employer why you think you would be good for the role. You need to fall back on your key skills to compensate for your lack of experience.

Some of the best work skills that employers look for are communication, self-belief, self-management, teamwork, and problem-solving. So, speak about how you gained these skills through your education and your life up to now.

Key Skills allows the employer to see the type of person you are and who they will be hopefully hiring.

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