Create a CV

  1. Power up the computer

    • The first thing you will need to do is press the power button on the main part of the tower or laptop.
    • Press the power button on the monitor if using a pc.
  1. Open Microsoft Word

    • Move your cursor with your mouse until it moves over the bottom left corner.
    • This is called the start button, this will bring up a list of all your programs.
    • Now you need to left click the START button in the bottom left corner of your screen
    • Click on Microsoft Word
    • This show now open up word and show the welcome screen
    • Next you have the option to use a template or a blank document
    • To simple get on with your letter you will need to click on “Blank Document”
  1. Make a short Checklist of things to include, put down as much as possible, relevant to the job you are applying for. Include required qualifications and skills as close to the top as possible
  2. Judging from your answers, discuss with volunteer regarding structure and format (USE TABLES WHERE AVAILABLE AS THIS KEEPS THE FORMATTING CONSISTENT)

  3. The first thing you will need to do is type your name, address, contact number and E-mail. Date of birth is optional, type of driving license, provisional, full, LDV etc.

  4. The next stage is to do a Personal Profile which should include personal attributes such as

    • timekeeping
    • polite
    • telephone manner
    • hard working
    • keenness to learn
    • willing to undertake training
    • to work on own initiative or within a team
    • experience gained within targeted job role
    • loyal service

The next stage is Key skills/achievements, preferably using bullet points

    • Conversant in microsoft office
    • Touch typing skills (typing without looking at the keyboard)
    • Communication skills
    • Design skills
    • Proofreading skills
    • Qualifications
    • Turning around a failing business

The next stage is Work History starting with the most recent job or most relevant if it is for a specific job with specialist skills

    • Give job title, employer’s name, period(s) worked there
    • brief description of your job responsibilities
    • if the client had a lot of responsibilities you may suggest bullet points
    • never give too much information keep it short and snappy
    • INCLUDE ANY VOLUNTEER WORK

The next stage is Qualifications and Training

    • Provide course title
    • Training provider
    • Certificate/grade
    • Date (qualifications gained and expired)

The next stage is hobbies and interests

    • list things you enjoy doing in your spare time
    • include anything creative or practical
    • use this space to talk about self taught activities
    • if you are doing unaccredited training include that here
    • try to avoid listing activities like “socialising with friends” or “watching tv”
    • include examples rather than generalisation
  1. Include an ‘Additional Information’ section, if required, to explain anything not otherwise covered

  2. The final stage is References – if the client has good references then you should advise them to include them, if not then simply put “available upon request”

  3. Now look over the CV with the client looking for mistakes, typing errors, missing information and ask for more information in these parts.

  4. See if you can improve on anything written or formatting issues

  5. ALWAYS KEEP A DIGITAL COPY – ask them if they have their own storage device, if not offer to email them a copy or keep a copy of their CV on the centres memory stick and store it on the main computer.

  6. NOW YOU NEED TO UPLOAD THE CV OR SEND IT VIA EMAIL (if you send a copy to yourself, you can download it anywhere)