How to write a C.V.
Here at Street League, we make sure that we are doing everything we can to support you into work. These are our 'Top 5 tips' to prepare you for writing your C.V. Stick to these instructions, and you should have no problem

1. Keep your C.V. to two pages:
Throughout the hiring process, employers often have to read a number of C.V.s and it can be a tiring task.

Therefore, it is imperative to keep your C.V. shorter rather than longer. Advice from experts suggests that two pages should suffice, as it allows you enough room to demonstrate your qualifications and won’t bore the person who is reading.

If you’re C.V. is longer than two pages, trim it down and remove any unnecessary parts that you feel don’t add anything to the C.V. The general rule is to imagine the employer reading your C.V. and evaluate whether the experience or hobbies you wrote will make you seem more qualified for the job.

2. Concentrate on your achievements:
When writing your C.V. don’t be afraid to shout about yourself. The whole point of writing a C.V. is to make the employer want to hire you, so this is no place to be humble.

Focus your C.V. on the things which you have achieved throughout your life. Really try hard to think about the points in your life in which you have felt as if you have struggled for something and managed to pull it off. That’s the sort of thing for which employers will be searching.

Cut the waffle, and really try and sell yourself to the employer.

3. Tailor it to the job for which you’re applying:
Every job is different and requires a different set of skills. So, whenever you apply for a job make sure the content of your C.V. relates to the skills which you will need to do the job. For example, if you’re applying for a retail assistant role, the fact that you have a Grade 4 clarinet may not be the main touch point to demonstrate your suitability.

It may take you an extra 15 minutes, but tailoring your C.V. to each role really boosts your chances of getting the job because it shows the employer that you have taken the time to construct a C.V. specifically for them.

A cover letter which focuses on the job role specifically is also hugely important, but we’ll get to that in another video.

4. Ensure that your C.V. is presented well:
This should come as no surprise, but the presentation of your C.V. is a huge factor. As we mentioned before, employers can spend hours going through C.V.’s, so a poorly presented one that looks like it was chucked together in 5 minutes will most likely go the way of the bin.

Spend an hour developing and designing your C.V. because as soon as it’s perfect and you’re happy with it, you won’t have to do this task ever again, you will have a beautiful C.V. template for life, and think of all the time that will save.

There are numerous online templates online, so take a look and see if there’s a design you want to copy or download. At Street League, we often help with the design of C.V. templates for our participants to a very high standard, which often saves them a lot of time.

5. Tell the truth:
Never lie on your C.V. You may have heard a story from a friend about when they lied on their C.V., got a job, and no one found out. Let me make this very clear, if you apply for a job after lying on your C.V. and then the employer finds out, it often ends in termination.

There is no point in lying on your C.V. and if you follow the first 4 points then you should have enough in your armoury to get the job and succeed!