How to Write a CV for an Apprenticeship
If you are thinking about applying for an apprenticeship, having a good CV is critical.
A CV (curriculum vitae) is a document that contains information about your personal and professional skills and qualities, in order to appeal to the employer, proving yourself to be the right candidate that they are looking for to fit the role.
An employer will use your CV to determine whether you would be suitable for an interview or not, but they don’t spend a lot of time looking what you have actually written, you just need to catch their eye. The average time spent looking at your CV is 5-7 seconds, so you need to ensure that you stand out.
• Contact information
• Personal profile
• Key skills
Let us look at these in more detail.
Contact information should include your full name, address and phone numbers and an email address – email address should look professional.
You do not need to put your date of birth or a picture of yourself on your CV, as neither of these should affect your application. Due to equality and diversity issues, many employers have been known to turn down an application because of these.
This is what opens your CV and will provide the reader with the first impression of yourself as a professional.
This should not be long at all, but it should include enough information about yourself so that whoever is reading it feels like they want to read more.
You should split this in to three sections:
• Yourself – this allows quick knowledge of your past experiences.
• Your skills and attributes – this can easily be tailored to whatever job you are applying for.
• Your career aim – no company will want to hire you if you state that you just want this job for the short term. You need to show that you want to progress and give some information about where you would like your career to go.
You would have already put these briefly into your personal profile, but this is where you have a real chance to show what you are capable of.
These could be both in a personal or professional manner.
Personal could be, friendly, good communicator or things like that and some professional could be, good with numbers, organized. You could provide examples of systems you have used.
These can all be tailored to different types of jobs.
Start with either the most relevant or your most recent education first.
You should state the name of the institution, the time period in which you studied, and the grade you achieved.
As you are applying for apprenticeships, this may be your first job role, therefore you may be drawing a blank on how to complete this section.
You can include any volunteer work you have done or any work experience you completed while you were at school or college. Anything that you class as a job can go in this section.
You should include the job title and time in employment (if this is necessary), and your main roles and responsibilities – again this can be tailored to suit the role you are applying for, thinking of experiences in each role you have already completed that may also be required in the job advertised.
This section just allows the employer to see your more personal side, and what you enjoy spending your free time doing.
It is great to include hobbies that include valuable skills; for example, talking about sports you enjoy playing could demonstrate good leadership and teamwork. Hobbies that include hitting targets or beating previous scores are a great way to show your interest in progression.
Many people put the same type of hobbies, for example they like spending time with family, going to the cinema and things like that. You need to try and think outside the box and be creative.
If you follow these tips, and pieces of advice, you should find yourself with a CV that will attract a potential employer, and hopefully find you your ideal apprenticeship role!
The most important piece of advice to remember is to stick to the facts; don’t lie, keep relevant, don’t go too much in to detail – stay concise, and try to keep the whole document to two sides of A4 or less: no employer wants to sit and read through your CV for too long.
Thanks for taking the time to read,