Creating a CV

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Use our tips and resources to teach your students how to create the perfect CV

You can't underestimate the importance of a CV as it's the first opportunity that you have to impress a prospective employer. No matter how skilled or qualified you are to do a job, if you can't sell yourself on paper the employer will never give you the opportunity to impress at interview. It is also important to find the right tone of voice for your CV, because despite the fact that you need to sell your skills, you don't want to come across as arrogant.

So use these resources to help you, or your students, to improve or even start your CV and get that dream job that could be just around the corner!

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Why create a CV or résumé?

A CV (Curriculum Vitae) or résumé is a way of introducing yourself to a future employer, but on paper rather than in person. Most companies and employers request CVs from interested applicants.

From a CV, and in many cases an accompanying cover letter, an employer can find out about someone’s work-related experience and skills, qualifications and training as well as other things, which help them choose from a lot of applicants and create a shortlist of people to interview for the job.

Are there different types of CVs?

There are many different types of CVs and styles of résumé. Variations in the kind of CV you write depend on whether you are applying to an advertised job role, to a job on spec, or to a work experience placement or internship.

Teaching resources for CVs and Cover Letters 

Download our CV and Cover Letter lesson plans and help students work towards creating their own application for work experience, or use the ideas in the activity to create a CV and cover letter for a job application.

CV Lesson Plan

CV Worksheet

Cover Letter Lesson Plan

Cover Letter Worksheet

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