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Writing your CV- top tips

Your CV is the perfect opportunity to showcase yourself to potential employers, it’s your personal marketing tool. Employers spend very little time looking at CVs so getting it right is important.

Employers in the UK do not expect to see any personal or private data (e.g., your full address or date of birth) as they must adhere to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Equality Act 2010.

What’s important is to showcase your core competencies (what you are good at), your qualifications and experience.

Some employers use an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) software which searches your CV for key words and information. You should therefore ensure you’ve read the job description and demonstrate how you meet these requirements in your CV.

The employer will need to contact you, so include a contact number (checking that any voice mails are suitable) and include an email address, think about what your email address says about you and ensure that you check your emails regularly.

If you would like to talk to someone and get help with your CV call into your nearest SfYP young people's centre.

CV builders

The following CV websites offer advice and CV builders.

Be careful about uploading your CV onto generic job sites with your full name, address, and telephone numbers. Remember once this information is on the internet it can be difficult to get it back.

CV Library 

Barclays LifeSkills CV builder 

National Careers Service CV advice 

HCC Services for Young People is not responsible for the content or reliability of the external websites listed and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. It is the responsibility of the individual to check privacy and terms and conditions.