This course is designed for people who are getting ready to apply for their first job who need some guidance about how to structure a CV and how to make the most of the skills and experience they already have. It is also suitable for someone who is looking to get back into work after a break and wants to know what to include on their CV and the best way to put it together.
This course is not really suitable for those looking for advice on writing CVs for very specific high powered and competitive roles as it is an introductory guide.
The course contains some templates you can adapt with your own details and advice on how to word your CV to showcase your skills, achievements and qualifications whilst avoiding generic statements and buzzwords, which are seen on so many CVs.
It will also outline what can be included in a cover letter and will show you how to use the job brief to put together your letter to help you stand the best chance of getting an interview.
These are the sections of the course:
Why bother with a CV?
This sections covers why people still need a CV when many jobs ask you to fill out an application form only.
Layout & Format
Covers what templates are around and which ones are best for different roles.
Discusses how long your CV should be.
Gives guidance on the essential sections you should include.
Covers the fonts, sizes and formatting needed. Also discusses the format to save and send in.
Covers what job history you should include and different ways of recording it. Shows you how to make the most of any job and appeal to the potential employer. Discusses what to do if you have had a career break.
Suggestions on how to list qualifications and deciding what to include.
What to do if you don’t have many qualifications.
Hobbies and interests
Discusses what you could include here to maximise your opportunities.
Contains guidance on how to structure your cover letter.
Shows you how to tailor a cover letter to a specific job role.
Reminds you of some techniques to use to check your work carefully.
These are some examples for different groups you can download and adapt to meet your own requirements.
Summary for school leaver
Back to work after a break
Change of career direction
These are some examples for generic job roles you can download and adapt to meet your own requirements.
Retail position example
Office role example
Design role example
Lyn has worked in education for over eleven years and holds qualifications in teaching, business management, mental health and equality and diversity.
She has worked with a number of high profile employers including
As a teacher Lyn specialised in teaching English and maths in a college environment and managed the adult provision for a number of years.
Lyn is managing director of LC Education & Training Ltd, which delivers in company training on a number of topics to aid in improving workplace skills. To find out more about in company delivery you can visit the webpage here.