Creating a CV might seem like a daunting task, but it’s something that everyone needs to do at some point in their lives. A CV is the first opportunity to show a potential employer who you are and why they should hire you, so it’s important to create a great first impression.
If you're looking for an apprentice job, your CV should be tailored for that; it’s a little different to a CV for university applications or a graduate job.
We know what employers are looking for, so here are a few ways of ensuring that your CV covers everything you need.
1. Discuss your interests
If you are attempting to get a position as an apprentice, then it is likely it could be the first job you are applying for. Employers won't expect a huge amount of previous experience but will want to know about your interests and passions, and how these relate to the job at hand.
It's important to tell them about previous experiences that relate to the position you are applying for, such as volunteering or extracurricular activities.
2. Short is sweet
If you don’t have too much to put on your CV, then it’s not a problem. Avoid the temptation to pad it out with unnecessary information and cliched phrases.
An employer would prefer you to be direct than waste their time with meaningless extras. Removing anything irrelevant from your CV will also show an employer that you are concise and direct, two aspects highly valued from apprentices.
3. References are important
A CV is only a quick way for a potential employee to gain an understanding of the person you are. If they want to find out more, then they might decide to contact people who know you.
By offering references of teachers or sports leaders in advance, it shows that you are prepared, and are happy for the employer to make this step, showing that you know your references will give a glowing review.
4. Take the time to research
Taking the time to research the company you are applying for goes a long way. If you tailor your CV to the company it shows that you have taken the time and shown initiative.
By making sure you double check your CV and by following a few simple tips, you can be confident that you've created the best CV you can.