Trouble Writing Your CV?

We Scots aren’t always the most confident bunch, are we? We’re often too shy to talk about the things we’re really good at.

Modesty can really affect us when trying to sell ourselves, whether that’s in a CV, application form or even during an interview.  We've been speaking to young people to find out a few of the most common problems that arise when writing a CV.

I‘m not good at anything! 

That’s not true! Everyone has strengths but it’s not always easy to identify them.  Speak to your friends, family or someone you know well – even a teacher that you trust.  Let them give you a bit of a confidence boost. Employers will see lots of CVs and application forms so it’s important to bring a bit of personality so that they can get a better idea of what you’re like!

Our top tip - Why not let My World of Work help you? Register and complete the My Strengths Tool to find out what you’re good at!

Recruitment adviser Kate McKendrick says:

A CV should be no longer than 2 pages, so try and keep your CV short and snappy. It will really help your application stand out!

I don’t have enough work experience!

Not all employers are looking for work experience.  Sometimes showing that you are motivated and willing to learn as well as having the necessary skills will help you get a job.  Often it is not the lack of experience that will put an employer off, it may be down to how you show off what you’re good at.  My World of Work’s My CV can help you choose a template that best fits you.

Remember to list your achievements and sell yourself.  If you have been involved in community work, volunteering or sports then make sure to mention this.  This is because it demonstrates you are a team player and not at home sat in front of the telly every night.

Our top tip – Visit Volunteer Scotland and check out some really great opportunities. Young Scot Rewards also has some volunteering and work shadowing rewards available so remember to sign up!

10 things you should have in, or with your CV

  • Your contact details
  • Your employment history
  • Details of your education and qualifications
  • Your skills and strengths
  • Your personality
  • A layout that shows what you’re good at
  • Simple formatting
  • Perfect spelling and grammar
  • A mention that references are available on request
  • A covering letter

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