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CVs have been around for a very long time. The first was believed to be written by Leonardo da Vinci when he was trying to secure employment and he chose to write one to help him. And if they’re good enough for Leonardo…


Do you have a CV? If so, great. You have a very easy introduction to the course. If not, you need to begin to create your online CV.

Step 1 is to create a simple document (e.g., in Word or other similar application you have access to) using the headings below.

  • Name and contact details
  • Personal Profile
  • Education
  • Work Experience (if applicable)
  • Clubs/Societies/Volunteering
  • Future Plans

Step 2 is to begin to add relevant information under each of the headings as you progress through each week of the course. As a reminder:

Contact details are essential but they should be your preferred way for potential employers to contact you. A personal profile gives an employer a summary of your skills and work history. Your education should state all of your qualifications, school, university, college, and professional or trade. Your work experience is your employment history starting with your last job. As the title suggests, you should also add any clubs, societies or voluntary activities in which you’ve taken part. Finally, your future plans should be mentioned. This means that you are trying to show an employer what you want to achieve in the future.

The order of this information can be varied to suit your strengths, so, if you’re stronger on work experience than on education, then you might want to have work experience first.

We’ll also ask you to evaluate how well you think you’ve done and we’ll also peer-review your CV so that it’ll be as good as it can be to help you to secure the job you’re after.

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Net That Job: How to Write a CV Online

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