City : CV Cinema : What is a CV for?
A CV is a one or two page document which lists your skills and experiences for you to give your future employer.
Everyone who is applying for a job has to have a CV, so if you don't already have one then you will need to create one now. Even if you think you don't have anything to put on your CV, you will be surprised with how much you actually have. Take a look at our Skills Translator or visit the National Careers Service Skills Health Check to see what you can talk about.
Your CV is the first thing that your employer will see when you apply for a job, so you need to make sure that you do yourself justice!
On average your employer will spend 30 seconds looking at your CV so you need to grab their attention. Here are some tips on how you can get them to spend longer looking at your CV:
- Make it clear and easy to read
- Don't have any spelling mistakes or typos
- Have an interesting personal statement
- Make sure that it looks professional
Your CV won't get you the job, but it might get you an interview so it is the first step!
Don't forget that a CV should always come with a cover letter. There is more advice on that on this floor.
On this floor you will get advice on what makes a good CV, templates to show you what it should look like and links to websites that can help you make a CV. So get started!