City : CV Power Station : What is a CV for?
What is a CV?
A CV is a one to two page document which lists your education, skills, and experience so that potential employers can see if you have what they're looking for!
Everyone who is applying for a job has to have a CV, so if you don't already have one then now is a great time to start creating one. Even if you can't think of anything to put on your CV, you will be surprised with how much you actually have to share.
Our Skills Translator on floor three will explain further what skills you can add to your CV. Also, SBC Employment and Learning Advice service can help with careers advice and working on your CV.
Why is a CV important?
It's often the first thing that your employer will see when you apply, so you need to make sure that you do yourself justice and clearly show that you are fit for the role.
Your CV alone won't get you the job but if it's well written and clearly shows your skills, you have a great chance of achieving an interview - it is the first step to success!
On average your employer will initially spend 30 seconds scanning your CV to see if you're right for the role!
So, here are some tips to help you catch their attention:
- Make it very clear and easy to read,
- Don't have any spelling mistakes or typos,
- Have a strong and interesting personal statement,
- Use professional language and presentation.
What else do I need?
When applying to a job you'll often also need to write a Cover Letter - even if they don't explicitly ask for one, sending one alongisde your CV is good practice.
A Cover Letter is essentially a letter - usually no more than one sheet of A4 - that explains why you think you would be a good fit for the role, as well as why you would like to work for that company.
We have lots more advice on writing a Cover Letter on floor 5 so make sure to take a look!