Your CV is the document that tells a recruiter all about you - it is important that you spend time writing it and adapt it for each job you apply for. Below we give tips, guidance and some examples of CV formats you could use to get started.
CV Writing Tips
Here are some tips that you can follow to make your CV stand out from the crowd and showcase your skills and experience to a potential employer:
- Try to keep your CV to 2 pages - it needs to be concise, relevant and up to date.
- Keep the format the same throughout - make sure the way you write the dates you worked somewhere, where you worked and your job title are formatted in the same style throughout the document.
- Check for any spelling or grammatical errors.
- Keep your previous job duties and responsibilities compact and short - there is no need to go into a lot of detail, this is what the cover letter is for.
- Make sure your contact details are correct.
If you need help with any of these, please speak to your Employment Coordinator or a member of Job Club staff for assistance.
Here are some example CVs produced by Skills Jersey to give you some guidance on how to format your CV and what to include on it:
This generic template is ideal for people with a more extensive work history. This style of CV tells potential employers what type of role you are looking for, shows them your experience to date and highlights key skills you have gained during your working life.
Adult CV Example
Ideal for job seekers who have a diverse work history or are looking to change career path. This CV format emphasises transferable skills and relevant training to demonstrate your suitability for a different role.
Skills-based CV Example
If you have recently left University or College education then this is an ideal CV template for you. Focusing primarily on your academic achievements and life skills gained through learning, this CV gives employers an insight into how your study and work experience skills match their role.
Graduate CV Example
School Leaver CV
For students who are about to leave school, or who have recently left secondary education. This CV focuses on key academic and life skills and presents employers with an insight into the abilities and qualities you have to offer them.
School Leaver CV Example
If you need any help writing your CV, please speak to your Employment Coordinator.