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What to include in your CV

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A CV is split into relevant sections and should always include:

1) Personal Details

  • Full name - you can use your name as a heading, especially if space is at a premium
  • Address
  • Telephone numbers - including any mobile number
  • Email address
  • Date of birth

2) Education

Give the name of your school, college and university if attended, add relevant dates and list your qualifications including any coaching/referee qualifications.

Grades are important but you should also add information about modules studied, your project work or dissertation and the skills you have developed through these aspects of your studies.

This section can be tailored to the area of work you are seeking.

3) Work Experience

This is one of the most important sections of your CV.

Make the most of  your past work experiences at your club, placements, vacation, work in the community or part time work. Don't omit jobs just because they sound basic or mundane - the fact that you got one shows initiative. Add skills you used or develop any roles.

List the teams that you have played for and the years that you played for each team, include information on the positions you played and any leadership positions you held on the team.

List any camps, teams or other specialised teams you have played. If you have received any awards such as being the most valuable player on your team or being recognised as the most valuable player in your league, list them.

4) Skills

This section gives you the opportunity to highlight relevant skills. It is useful to sort the skills into different categories.

Skill examples: Team working, decision making skill, problem solving skills, time management, commercial awareness, spoken communication, written communication, negotiating skills, computing skills, determination, assertiveness, social media etc.

5) Interests and Activities

Don't give a list, provide some evidence. If you have a mix of interests, for example sport and music, group all your sporting interests together under a sub-heading. An interest which supports your job application might add weight to your application.

6) References

You need at least two referees: one should be someone who can comment on your academic experience and performance, the other should concentrate more on character, personality and non-academic skills (perhaps a former coach or teammate). Give the title, name and full address, telephone number if possible, email address and indicate the referee's status and relationship to you. Ask permission before quoting anyone as a referee. Thank referees for their time, effort and support - you could need their help again.

Where space is at a premium on your CV it is acceptable simply to write - References available on request.

A CV could also include a Personal Profile, this lets the reader know 'what you're about'. It should be kept short and could state your career objectives. Many employers are keen to be involved in the communities in which they operate and your past achievements in such activities can add to your CV.