What you need to do to get an apprenticeship part 1: The CV

As you may already know, here at The Apprentice Finder we help young people get an apprenticeship by providing a specialist CV writing service to help them grab the attention of the employers they want to work for. We thought it would be a good idea to publish some hints and tips on creating a CV that will get you noticed for all the right reasons.

The best way to think of your CV is that it is a brochure/ leaflet that explains who you are, what you do and why the employer should want to meet you. Your CV isn’t going to get you the job, your performance in front of the employer will do that.

You should complete sections in the following order-

Personal information

Skills

Work experience

Education

Hobbies & interests

Reference information

Subject breakdown

Personal information

All you need in the Personal information area is name, location, email address and telephone number and that’s it. Don’t be tempted to include date of birth, National Insurance number or your full address. These pieces of information can be produced when it’s appropriate (after you’ve been offered the position).

Personal statement

The personal statement section is the area where you need to get your personality across. By the time it has been read, the employer will have made their mind up whether they would like to meet you or not. You’ll find that in general, it’s better for somebody else to write the statement. Within it, you need to explain what you’re looking for, why you’d be good at it and why you’d be a good employee. Try to be specific, generalisations make it hard for somebody reading the statement to form a picture in their mind about you.

Work experience

In the Work experience section, you need to start with the most recent. Give dates and locations, job title and then describe your duties and any transferable skills you acquired whilst there. Any significant achievements can also be added here.

Education

For Education, again start with the most recent and note any qualifications gained. In addition to this, please describe any notable successes you achieved such as Prefect, Student Mentor, ad-hoc awards etc.

Hobbies & interests

In the Hobbies and interests section, make sure they are real. This is often the first subject at an interview and the last thing you want at the start is to be found out!

You don’t need to give referee’s details on a CV. A simple line along the lines of ‘References available on request’ is sufficient. You can also use our CV builder within our website to guide you.

Should you require any help in this area (it is advised), our team will be only too happy to help. Call us on 01484 907080 to arrange a consultation.

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