The Career and CV Profile is a new tool designed to help people get ahead in their career search by improving their CV. It can be used for any type of job search, whether that’s an internship or a full-time position.
Writing your own CV profile is one way you can improve your chances of getting the job you want, and here’s our step-by-step guide on how to make the most out of it!
- Choose the right job
Before you start writing your CV profile and preparing your career tools, you need to make sure that you are targeting a job you want to apply for. A career tool is only as good as the target job!
Step 1: Identify jobs that interest you and which match your relevant skills. Use our CV+ checklists to identify all the relevant skills needed for each job.
Step 2: Write down what’s unique about you in terms of your experience, background or approach to work, as these are the things that make you special. They are also what a potential employer will be looking for. If it’s not relevant to the job, don’t include it in your profile!
- Write your own profile
Tip 1: Try to be specific and unique. The more you can add in terms of your special skills, the better. Do you have any unusual hobbies? What are your strong points in school or work? This list should be placed at the start of your CV profile, so that a potential employer can quickly identify what makes you special. You can include a maximum of 5 bullet points here.
Tip 2: Try to make it relevant to the job you want. Keep the CV profile short (around 4 or 5 sentences) and avoid repeating information from your CV – it will look like you’re just listing previous jobs. If the job requires specific experience or skills, include them in your profile.
Tip 3: Include a list of your strengths. If you can, try to quantify these (e.g., “I have good numerical skills” rather than just saying that “I like maths”). If you don’t have any relevant strengths, that’s fine too!
Tip 4: Use action words and strong winning sentences. If you want to be hired for a certain job, you need to convince the potential employer that they should hire you! Try to use sentence structures like “I can”, “I am good at” and so on.
Tip 5: Tailor the CV profile for each job. You will need to write a new profile each time you are applying for a job, so make sure you address the key skills and requirements of that job.
- Create your career tools
After you’ve written your profile, it’s time to create your other career tools. There are lots of different things that can help you as you look for a new job – here is a list of the most useful tools and how to use them: Make sure use the right tool for cv format.
CV+ checklist: This tool helps you match your skills to the requirements of different jobs (you can find more info here).
CV+ portfolio: This is a list of your skills, strengths and experience. Use it to list relevant hobbies and activities outside of work or school.
Example CV: Use this CV as a template for your CV when you are applying to jobs.
Cover letter: Make sure that you tailor this for each job application so that it matches the requirements of the job. More info here!
Application form: You can use this form as a template for your own application forms, or if the application form is online, you can just fill in our online version here!
- Apply for jobs using your career tools
Tip 1: Upload your CV, cover letter and application form to every online job application form you use. You will need to create a new CV profile each time you apply, but this will save you a lot of time later on!
Tip 2: Don’t forget offline applications! Make sure that you also submit your CV and cover letter physically whenever possible. We’ve provided an example application form for this too, so all you need to do is fill it in with the relevant information. This is really easy if there’s already a physical version of the application form (e.g., at a careers fair).