Top 10 CV tips from Skills Launchpad Plymouth!

Does your CV need dusting off? Could you give it a little bit of a polish? Read on for 10 top tips of how to shine your CV ready for a fresh start in 2022!


  1. Sell yourself! Only you know what you can do so don't be shy to write the best bits about you! Don't be afraid to big yourself up and let your CV show people how brilliant you are!

  2. Don't include your date of birth - employers don't need to know how old you are! Age doesn't matter if you're the right person for the job!

  3. If you don't have experience, that's okay! Lead with your Skills, especially ones that make you a perfect fit for the role.

  4. Keep it to two pages! If you can't fit it on two pages then take out the un-important stuff, but 2 pages is max!

  5. Don't include a photo - again, employers only need to know if you can do the job, not what you look like!

  6. Keep the font readable, make it as easy as possible for people to read and assess your skills and experience.

  7. Check your formatting! If the date of your GCSEs goes on to another line, a couple of clicks will tidy it up! Again, make it as easy as possible to read.

  8. You don't have to list all your GCSEs - mainly employers want to know that you have Maths, English (and sometimes Science) to a Level 4 (C grade). It may be useful however to include specific subjects, like P.E. if you're applying to work in a sports centre, for example.

  9. DO write that you can use a phone/ laptop/ tablet if you can. This is also known as being 'computer literate' and can be listed as one of your skills. Employers will look for this and it may be a skill you didn't know you had - so pop it on!

  10. DO add 'Interests/ Achievements/ Hobbies' but keep them short and keep them, well, interesting! For example, if your hobby is volunteering at a tropical fish shop, then add it!

Use these tips as a quick and easy way to freshen your CV. If you need more detailed help, sign up to skillslaunchpadplym.co.uk for 1-2-1 support. Good luck!