CV builder: Planning your sessions

Ideas for using the tool with individuals, to help them through the process of building a great CV.

About 2 mins

The CV builder is great for all ages. It helps anyone currently applying for work, or young people preparing to leave education, build a comprehensive and professional CV. Younger age groups moving through education can use it to record their strengths, skills, qualifications and experience.

To get the full benefit, we recommend you run a series of lessons taking individuals through various aspects of a CV.

These could include:

Introducing the concept of a CV as a marketing tool

This could include learning about brands and some simple marketing techniques. Then, considering how this could be applied to their own CV, or personal statement in particular. For example, what would a brand like Tesco or Virgin’s CV look like? If the user were a brand what would their slogan be?

Highlighting the importance of tailoring a CV

The user could create a fictional CV for a specific job advert/description – tailoring it to the skills required and mirroring the language. These techniques could then be used in their own CVs.

Developing a personal statement

Many Scottish people find it difficult writing positively about themselves – it can be tougher if you’re young or out of work. Thinking about how other people would write their personal statement could help. This could be as simple as thinking about how a family member or friend would describe you, or running a speed-dating style activity. We have created an activity with links to CfE that you can follow or use as inspiration.

Including relevant skills, strengths and achievements

It can also be hard for young people to recognise that even if they don’t have much work experience, they can still talk about skills and strengths in their CV.

The Skills and Strengths sections in their My World of Work accounts can help. The Skills list will help users think through what skills they have already developed through school, extra-curricular activities, hobbies and work experience. The Strengths quiz helps them discover strengths that they could include in their CV. Individuals could also start to create a journal using a diary, blog or social media in text image or video format to document skills they are using in their day-to-day and extracurricular activities. Those in secondary education could also refer to their Personal Development Plan or e-portfolio.