What to include in your CV

Personal details Include your name, address, mobile number and email address. If relevant, also include your LinkedIn profile or blog site where employers can find out more about you. You can include your DOB if you wish however since the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of age during the recruitment process.

Personal Statement Don’t just assume an employer will see how your experience relates to their job. Use a short personal statement (2-3 sentences) to summarise and emphasise your key attributes and explain why you are the best person for the job.  

Employment History & Work Experience Place this before Education if you have been working for a while, it will help recruiters see your most recent experience quickly. Start with your most recent job, detailing your experience concisely in bullet points. Don’t leave gaps in your employment history! If you’ve been out of work it can be a worry but just put a positive spin on it. Mention in your CV what you did whilst you were unemployed – did you volunteer, complete any courses or develop soft skills.

Education & Training Start with your most recent qualifications and work back to the ones you received at school.

Language proficiency If you speak more than one language, mention this on your CV as it will set you apart from other candidates especially if you are applying for job which may meaning you interacting with other nationalities such as working for an international company or in a social care environment.

Achievements Include your academic/professional achievements to stand out against other candidates

Interests Include these if you feel they show relevant soft skills which may be needed for the job.

References Name two people (not relatives), along with their email address and phone number, who may be contacted by the employer for a reference.