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KEY questions answered by the experts.

Q: WHAT should I include on my CV or job application form?

A: YOUR CV or job applica tion is a selling tool used to get you an interview.

It needs to catch the reader’s attention and tell them that you are the person with the skills and experience they are looking for.

Information included should be relevant to the job you are applying for. Look at the job description and person specification, and tailor to what the employer is asking for.

Most CVs have the following sections:

  • Personal details
  • Profile
  • Key skills and achievements
  • Employment and voluntary work
  • Qualifications and training
  • Interests
  • References

    If you think some of these sections are not relevant for your circumstances you can leave them out. You can also change the order of some of the sections.

    Application forms usually have headings similar to those in a CV. You may also find a section that asks you to explain why you are applying for the job.

    Use this opportunity to give evidence of any relevant additional skills or achievements, and why you are interested in this job.

    Finally, be clear and concise and check for spelling, grammatical and typing errors.

  • Visit www.learndirect-advice.co.uk/featured/writecv/ to access a free CV builder.

    Alison Taylor
    Lifelong learning advisor, Learndirect advice line

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