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What to include in your apprenticeship CV
If you are applying for an apprenticeship, you will know that it can be difficult to know where to start when you come to begin your applications. The first thing to do is to build a strong CV. It is important to recognise the differences between a regular CV to an apprenticeship CV. This is because as a young apprentice, you aren’t likely to have much work experience behind you. We can help you to create a stand-out apprenticeship CV that will help you to secure your dream apprenticeship.
A CV is used to outline your core strengths and values in a professional environment, as well as your previous experience and any hobbies or activities that you enjoy doing. Your CV is the place to sell yourself to a potential employer, and to showcase how capable and suitable you are for a particular role. We have in-depth details about the things you should consider when building your CV, including key skills that you should identify and showcase.
How do you write a CV depending on your level of experience?
It is important to tailor your CV for each apprenticeship that you are applying for, as you will need to highlight your skills in different ways, depending on the role in question and the skills and attributes that a particular business is looking for.
Regardless of your level of experience, your CV should always aim to be the following things:
- Clear and concise.
- Relevant to the job you are applying for.
- Free from spelling and grammatical errors.
If you have work experience that is relevant to the apprenticeship you are applying for, then it is important to include this on your CV. Some roles can be explained in different ways that will highlight the relevant skills that you need to showcase in order to stand out to a potential employer.
As you may not have a huge amount of experience in your desired industry, your CV is the perfect place to highlight the skills you have obtained throughout your life. Be this at school, college, university, or any part-time roles.
How should your CV look?
It is important to create a good first impression when applying for any role, and this starts with your CV. This is the first piece of information that a potential employer has to assess your suitability until they invite you to a phone or face-to-face interview. Here are some things to keep in mind when putting your CV together.
- Use a readable size font. Too big or too small will put the reader off, and write in a professional font that is easy to read on a screen, such as Calibri or Times New Roman. Using fonts like Comic Sans looks unprofessional.
- Don’t write in long paragraphs. This is daunting to a reader.
- Using bullet points can help you to be concise in your writing, use them to highlight key skills and experience throughout your CV.
In your CV you should include the following:
- Contact details
- Personal profile
- Key skills
- Employment history
- Interests and hobbies
22 Talent Street, London, WC11 000
07 *** **** ***
Provide a couple of sentences about why you want to work in this industry, and what sort of person that you are. Including some top attributes that you think define you as a person can help you to stand out as well.
Give a bullet point list of your education from secondary school upwards, in order of most recent first, detailing what core subjects you are studying and any grades you received at GCSE level and above. This can be generalised to 10 GCSE’s from A*-C grade (including English, maths, and science).
You should then bullet point your key skills, as follows:
- Practical skills
- Technical skills
- IT literacy
- Computing skills
- Knowledge of Microsoft office, and any other online programmes
If you don’t have any – don’t worry. You can outline any extracurricular activities that you lead or assist with, such as being head of your sports team or if you are house captain at your school.
If you do have an employment history, list them in the below format.
Name of the establishment – Job Role – Dates of employment
Then bullet point list your responsibilities in this role.
Interests and hobbies
Give a list and brief description of any hobbies you enjoy in your spare time. These can help you show your potential employer what kind of person you are outside of work, and may contribute to your potential employer feeling as though you are the right cultural fit for the business.
Remember, as you may not have a breadth of experience in your desired field, a shorter CV will be expected. Aim to keep your CV to a page in length. If you are interested in learning more about the different types of apprenticeships that are available to you read our article ‘Is an apprenticeship right for you?’ today. Alternatively, if you are interested in applying for apprenticeships please register today.