The process for apprenticeship CV’s is slightly different to the average CV, as many of you, blessed with youth as you are, may have limited or no work experience to date. Don’t despair though, this blog post will put you on the right track to writing an effective CV.
Although this may seem obvious, the first thing an employer will notice when they pick up your CV is the format.
- Make sure you keep it concise and no longer than two pages.
- The font should be simple and professional: Times New Roman or Arial, size 12 pts and black.
- It may seem instinctive to put ‘Curriculum Vitae’ or ‘CV’ as the title of the page, however this is unnecessary. The employer will expect to see your name, followed by your address and contact details so they can get in touch with you about your application.
- Each section of your CV should be clearly separated with headings so that it is easy to read, and sections do not run into each other.
As you would have likely already completed a Cover Letter as part of your application, this section should be brief and not repeat information from that. In no more than five sentences, explain who you are, why you are interested in this apprenticeship and the skills you possess that will transfer to the job role.
In this section, you should list only your education history from secondary school onwards which should be ordered with the one you most recently attended first. You will be required to include your qualifications and the grade you achieved, but can also add any extra achievements or awards. Don’t include any subjects you have failed.
This section can be difficult to format as you are limited to space, so we suggest something like this:
2016-present: [Name of School]
GSCEs: Mathematics (A), English Literature (B), ICT (B)...
2013-2016: [Name of School]
If you are currently employed or have previously held a part-time job, be sure to list your key responsibilities in this role and the skills gained while you were there. For example:
"From working in a busy customer-facing environment, I have gained excellent customer-service skills and am able to work effectively under pressure."
The aim of this section is to demonstrate the kind of skills the employer is looking for which you can usually find in the job advert or by researching similar roles. Therefore, it is important that you tailor this section to different employers as different industries require different skills.
If you feel like you are lacking in work experience, this would be a great place to incorporate your extra-curricular activities as skills gained through them can be transferable to the workplace. Click here for more advice
Hopefully this blog post has provided you with some useful tips for you to get going with your CV and find yourself a great apprenticeship! If you are yet to find an opportunity, be sure to register to our website and start searching today!