Writing a CV

This section of the website is focused on writing a CV, it covers:


  • Helping you understand the kind of job you are looking for and which jobs are right for you.

  • Focusing on your skills and what kind of job you are looking for

  • How to write a CV

Get started below.

Once you have started your job search, you need to identify which jobs you want and which jobs you can do.


If you haven't read the section yet on searching for a job you can access it here. 


When you are looking for a job you have to be realistic in terms of the jobs you search for, we all have a dream job in mind but the reality is you might not be ready for it yet.


In order to do that you need to do something called a Self-Assessment, this is basically just an honest list of the things you can do, are good at and what you want from a job. 

By completing this it can help with your job searching, saving you time and making sure you focus on the jobs you have the best chance of getting. 

It can take some time to complete and while you can do it on your own it's best if you get someone to help you with it, like an adult you trust or someone who works with you if you have someone, like a social worker or support worker.

It can help get the chance to interview for a job – knowing yourself, your skills and what you want can help you to come across as serious, professional and confident.

There are 3 key areas to a self-assessment;

Your wants and needs
Your skills
Your personal qualities

My Wants and Needs

As silly as it might sound – money isn’t the most important thing.

Yes, you need to earn enough money to cover your outgoings but try to think about the bigger picture. 

You are starting out in your employment journey and hopefully, you will enjoy a long and successful career. Try to balance the need to earn money alongside the right job that will give you the opportunities to develop new skills and gain valuable experience.

If you have a job currently, or if you’ve ever had a job before try and complete the list below.

Don’t worry if you’re applying for your first job – you can still complete this list and it will be useful. 

Try to think about the things you think you will enjoy and the things you think you will dislike.


In the table below is a list of things, which are things people may look for in a job that they consider to be important. It includes the types of work, like working in sales or at a restaurant and what happens in the jobs themselves like how much holiday you get or whether you need to travel.


You can download the table using the link at the bottom of the page. You can also add anything else which is important to you that isn’t in the table.


Completing this will help you think about the things you want from a job, next we’ll think about your skills and what you're good at.

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When it comes to self-assessing your skills, there are two questions to answer;

1.What do you know?


2.What can you do?

It is likely that you use a huge range of different skills on a daily basis, but you probably don’t give much thought to which skills you are using – if this is you, this needs to change.

The more skills you can identify, the more you recognise what you know, the more employable you become!

What do you know?

These are some useful things to think about when you have identified a job that you are interested in;

  • What do you know about the sector/industry?

  • Have you got any experience in this sector/industry?

  • If so, what is your experience?

  • What machines, tools, equipment and apparatus can you operate?

  • What IT programmes can you use?

  • What life experience do you have that might help to prepare you for the world of work?

What can you do? Can you?

Below are some things to think about in terms of what you can do, these are all skills that you don’t have to have had a job to have. 


  • Meet deadlines?

  • Organise or plan things?

  • Deliver good customer service?

  • Support your friends or family?

  • Be good at IT and computers?

  • Enforce rules?

  • Make decisions?

  • Prioritise important things?

  • Write creatively?

  • Meet, greet and welcome people?

  • Create a warm and inviting atmosphere?

  • Build relationships with people quickly?

  • Persuade and influence others?

  • Deliver presentations?

  • Resolve conflict and arguments?

  • Solve problems?


Evidencing my skills and achievement


NOTE - If you have someone who can support you with this it's a good idea to ask them. This could be an adult you work with or a family member. 


Below are some example statements to use on your CV, all of them are started using one of the action verbs above!

Handled incoming phone calls (what you did) in a calm and professional way (how you did it and the skills you used) to ensure that every customer had a positive experience of the company (why it was beneficial).

Remember, the statements on your CV do not always have to be about work – they can be about anything you have ever done.

This is an example you might be able to use from your time in education.

Led a group at college, arranging meetings and making sure people attended to make sure that group work was completed on time.


Have a go yourself – it isn’t as tough as it looks.

Top Tip #1


A good place to start is by making a big list of absolutely EVERYTHING you have achieved and are proud of.

The next thing to do is to write a sentence about each of them using the ‘rule of 3’.

If you’re struggling with this, speak to an adult you trust as they might be able to help you build your sentences during your sessions with them.


Top Tip #2


If you’re struggling to identify your skills, have a look at our section above on self-assessment again