This area is designed to give pupils help in writing their CV’s and applying for vacancies. We have also included links to real people doing real jobs to give an insight into different careers.
Writing a covering letter
This is the first thing a potential employer sees in your job application. The covering letter can support your CV or be an introduction to the purpose of your application.
A curriculum vitae (CV) is a marketing document in which you are marketing yourself! You need to “sell” your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to employers. It can be used to make multiple applications to employers in a specific career area or for general vacancies.
What is a personal statement? A personal statement is very important; it is your chance to think about what skills, abilities and experience you have and what you enjoy. You will need a personal statement to complete application forms and CV’s, so it is worth taking the time to get it right!
Aim to fill no more than one side of A4 paper. Jot down your ideas in rough first. The following tips will help you to get started:
https://youtu.be/q7hRnjNbvAc (interview tips)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV1cMmCKxmY (body language for interviews)
Labour market information – real people doing real jobs!
https://youtu.be/kXKDsDdIwLE (support worker)
https://youtu.be/QMA3KUjWDgc (Scottish power)
https://youtu.be/WWL4fokBnCI (3rd year apprentice)
https://youtu.be/gXWGhPjlkoU (electrical craftsman)
https://youtu.be/V-YEWoT8g9M (music technician)
https://youtu.be/K3PfdqOl_4k (music producer)
https://youtu.be/lYlJyCEZKzY (children’s nurse)
https://youtu.be/UGHvX_ywQCg (mental health nurse)
https://youtu.be/xypxJVxqJmg (stagecoach apprentice)
https://youtu.be/whmXob7oN-Y (professional footballer)
https://youtu.be/K2Q9MNT6jL8 (electrical apprentice)
https://youtu.be/DWLYPH1Nyr8 (plumbing apprentice)
https://youtu.be/LEPM6Lyyxuk (finance and banking)
https://youtu.be/R2texD85raw (chemical engineering)
https://youtu.be/UMMNW6zzM6g (social care)
https://youtu.be/Ac4tiyzS_ZA (physical chemist)
https://youtu.be/zvEP7EoLFkk (vehicle technician)
https://youtu.be/zf_tBRvCczo (Art and design)
https://youtu.be/Z6NappSFwPg (forensic scientist)
https://youtu.be/yWB9PEg_1CQ (nurse degree programme)
https://youtu.be/WZ3IP5rif70 (waste supervisor)
https://youtu.be/Uq_RwB935Nk (hospitality & catering)
https://youtu.be/utlAikt_x2U (marine industry)
https://youtu.be/f94NDstGww4 (heavy goods vehicle driver)
https://youtu.be/w5ocNMo0NDs (how to write a CV)
https://youtu.be/feOScd2HdiU (fashion designer)