CV Writing: Impressing Companies

At some point in our lives, we have all had to write a CV in order to get a decent job and earn money to live on.


With the job market getting more and more competitive everyday, it has become more important than ever to ensure that your CV stands out from all of the others sent to employers.


A good CV should include all of the following information:


  • Your Name, Address, and Contact Numbers (put this at the top of your CV)

  • English, Maths and Science GCSEs (or secondary school equivalent for those outside of the UK) as well as any work experience you may have. Although you should list all work experience that you have, it is important to make it as relevant as possible to the job you are applying for.

  • At least two referees, one of which should be personal, the other being someone that you know in a professional capacity, i.e. a former teacher or employer.

It is also a good idea to tailor your CV to the job which you are applying for, i.e. you would have different content if you were applying for a job in computing than you would if applying for a job in a supermarket.


For almost all jobs out there, customer service experience and the ability to be polite to people is extremely important and something that employers look for in potential candidates.


An example of the text order within a good CV is as follows:


Joe Bloggs


123 Nowhere St, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1AA


Tel: 0151 496 0000 Mobile: 07880 029182


* Do not include your date of birth or national insurance number here (social security number if in the US)


Work Experience (should be in reverse chronological order)


January 2010 – Present – Checkout Operator at ASDA Stores Ltd – This job involves serving customers and helping them to pack their shopping bags. This requires me to have a friendly attitude as well as the ability to speak confidently and to be a good listener. (For current jobs, be sure to write this paragraph in the present tense, whilst the others should be written in the past tense)


February 2009 – January 2010 – Paper Delivery Person at McColls Newsagents – This job involved delivering newspapers around my local area, requiring me to have a good navigational skills and also a friendly attitude when talking to people whilst delivering their newspapers to them.


Education (also in reverse chronological order)


September 2007 – May 2009 – Liverpool Community College, Liverpool, L1 1AB – Achieved 4 A2 Level qualifications


September 2002 – May 2007 – Liverpool High School, Liverpool, L1 1AC – Achieved 10 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science.


Hobbies and Interests (should be at least 2 paragraphs)


I enjoy a wide range of activities including ten-pin bowling and listening to music. From September 2008 to March 2009, I was a keyboard player for a local band, which was something that I enjoyed a great deal.


It also involved a lot of communication between the band themselves and potential venues where they would play gigs. In addition to this, in order for our band to be successful, it was vital that we all co-operated as part of a team.


Referees (one personal and one professional)


* The personal reference cannot be a family member and should have a valid work address.


Mr Andrew Smith


Liverpool Community College


Liverpool


Merseyside


L1 1AB


Tel: 0151 496 0001


Ms Jane Doe


ABC Insurance Limited


20 Main Street


Liverpool


Merseyside


L1 1AD


Tel: 0151 496 0002

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