Your own Backstop CV
The first page should contain your name, home address and contact details at the top. After this you can put a brief summary of educational credentials and qualifications. This should then be followed by a skills and experience summary. The summary should include your experience within youth/criminal justice and the transferable skills that you can bring to your next position. Be brief and factual and do not undersell yourself. Be aware that this summary is your space to sell yourself so make yourself sound as attractive as possible.
Your employment history should be in reverse chronological order. If you have only worked for one company, break it down with an entry for each position. For each position held, briefly describe responsibilities and work undertaken I.e. PSR writer, Court officer etc.
List your hobbies and interests in no more than three lines. Any voluntary or charity work or external posts you hold are worth including. Always include any languages, courses or training you may have done, or any professional memberships.
If you want to send us your CV over, please make sure it is in word- format.
No long paragraphs please; bullet points are easier on the eye and will ensure your CV does not end up in the bin! You need to include enough information to create interest, but not so much that you bore the reader. Three pages maximum, but less in this context is more. Every word must contribute to the overall message - so keep it brief and ensure that the content is relevant to the job you are applying for.
Ensure that your CV is well structured and well laid out; this gives the impression that you think logically and makes it easier to review. Spell check spell check spell check – also check your grammar. Include factual information or evidence and remember to focus on the benefits of your achievements. Use plain fonts with no fancy graphics – particularly windows ones.
You can have a look at an example CV that we use here at Backstop.