Whattoinclude in your cv

Whattoinclude in your cv

New laws on age discrimination mean that you do not need to put your date of birth, or your age, on your CV.

A personal profile

Here are some examples you may want to include:

This is a short statement at the beginning of your CV to sell yourself, to show your skills, experience and personal qualities. You could include positive words such as ‘competent’, ‘adaptable’, and ‘conscientious’. Tailor the statement to the requirements of each job that you apply for, so that you make it clear to the employer that you’re the right person for the job.

Mention things you did well in your past jobs which could be relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Qualifications and training

Qualifications and training

Include any qualifications and training from previous jobs (for example, training in health and safety or a certificate in food hygiene), put the most recent first, include qualifications you got from school or college.

These can support your application if your hobbies and leisure activities highlight responsibilities and skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for, perhaps you belong to a club or society which you organise activities for, or you use leadership skills or teamwork as part of the activity.
Other information

It is up to you whether to include this, but it can be helpful if there are gaps in your CV. If you had a career break because you were caring for children or elderly relatives, make this a positive thing and think about the skills you used doing this. If the job you are applying for is different from what you have done in the past, explain why you are interested in the new type of work.

Personal reference

You may not want to include these details on your CV but it’s good to have two or more people who can provide a work or personal reference. Ideally, one should be your most recent employer but if you haven’t worked for a while it could be someone who has known you for a long time who can comment on your qualities in relation to the job. You should ask the person to agree to this beforehand.

Ask a friend or relative to read through your CV to make sure it is accurate and that it shows your skills in a positive way.

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