CV Writing


KS4 Pupils should produce a CV which they can continue to update throughout their working life.

What is a CV?

Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a Latin phrase that means the course of (your) life.

A CV should be an easy to read summary of your qualifications, skills, experience and achievements. 

Why do you need a CV?

Writing your CV gives you an opportunity to showcase your skills, most employers will request a copy of your CV when you apply for a job. You can send a copy of your CV with a cover letter to demonstrate your interest to the following: 

  • Applying for Work Experience.

  • Applying for voluntary work

  • Applying for a part-time job such as on weekends and holidays.

  • Applying for an apprenticeship.

What should you include in a CV?

  • Contact Details (name, contact address/email address) 

  • A brief personal profile at the beginning which describes you and your personal skills and qualities. 

  • A section that outlines your education and qualifications

  • A section that details any employment or work experience you have had. 

  • A section that describes your skills and achievements. 

  • Any further interests 

  • References (x2)

Top Tips

  • Be positive - This is your chance to shine. 

  • Be honest - Make sure that you can evidence everything your write, remember they could ask you about it at an interview.

  • Be professional - Make sure your email address is appropriate. 

  • Be current - Make sure you update your CV as you gain experience and develop your skills. Don’t forget to check your contact details are up to date.

  • Be presentable - Create in a Word document, check your spelling and grammar. Use a suitable font (size 10,11 or 12). Use a plastic wallet or an envelope to keep the document pristine.

  • Keep it brief (a maximum of two sides of A4) 

  • Have someone check it through with you - show your teacher, careers officer or a parent/carer.

Rye Hills Academy Template with Examples

Curriculum Vitae Template

FFJ CV Template and Example

Click the image to view the PowerPoint presentation:


CV Example (Student)

CV Template

CV and Covering Letter Online Tips and Templates

The following links are a useful tool when writing a CV or a cover letter:

CV Writing Sessions

Year 10

All of Y10 will attend a workshop at the Making Opportunities Day which is on Friday 15th March 2019. This event is held at Redcar and Cleveland College.