Completing a CV template
Using a CV template can save time and looks professional.
- Open the CV template in Microsoft Word or a similar program. If you use a Mac, you can open it using the ‘Pages’ software package. You can also open and edit it online if you have a Google Drive account. Go to your Google Drive and then click ‘new’ followed by ‘file upload’. Select the file (this may be in your computer’s ‘downloads’ folder).
- If you’re using a Windows PC, select ‘save as…’ from the ‘file’ menu at the top. Call the file something like ‘Curriculum Vitae_Your Name’. On a Mac, save the file as a .doc file by selecting ‘file’ then ‘export to’. And select ‘Word…’ from the drop-down menu.
- Type your name at the top of the template.
- Enter your address and postcode.
- Enter your email address. This should be a professional-sounding address using your real name, such as firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete your personal profile. This should be a few paragraphs about yourself, your experience and your skills. It should show how you will be able to add value to a team.
- List your skills that are relevant to the role you are applying for.
- Enter your employment history. Start with your most recent job first and then work backwards. You do not need to go any further back than 10 years. If your most relevant work experience is 10 years ago, you should include this. If you have been out of work for a long time, you may also wish to include work experience from more than 10 years ago.
- Enter your education history with your most recent qualifications first.
- Discuss your genuine hobbies and interests in a few sentences. Make sure that they are as relevant to the job as possible and that you can talk about them!