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How To Create a Standout Apprentice CV

As an aspiring apprentice, your CV is the first impression you make to potential employers. Research even shows that 61% of recruiters prefer CVs that have been tailored to the role.

Pulling together an interesting apprentice CV that demonstrates your strengths and experiences requires some preparation, attention to detail, and clear communication of your career goals.

In this article, we outline some of the essential elements of a CV that give it the stand-out factor.

PERSON READING A CV ON A CLIPBOARD IN INTERVIEW SETTING

What is the purpose of a CV?

Before going into specifics, it’s important to understand the purpose of your apprentice CV. Unlike a traditional CV, which should highlight work experience, an apprentice CV should focus on your enthusiasm for the industry, your willingness to learn, relevant skills, educational background, and any experiences that demonstrate your potential as a valuable apprentice.

Structuring your CV

A well-structured CV is essential for grabbing the attention of hiring managers.

Open with a clear personal statement that highlights your career goals and references what you aim to achieve through the apprenticeship.

Follow this with a section highlighting your educational background, referring to any relevant coursework, certifications, and additional training.

Next, detail any work experience, including part-time jobs, internships, volunteer work, or any other roles that demonstrate your work ethic, teamwork skills, and commitment to personal and professional growth.

Top tip

“Be sure to highlight specific achievements or responsibilities that align with the requirements of the apprenticeship position you’re applying to.”

Showcasing your skills

In the skills section of your CV, focus on both technical skills relevant to the apprenticeship and transferable skills that will benefit your ability to complete common tasks.

Technical skills may include the use of software programs, technical tools, or specific platforms related to the apprenticeship role.

Transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and time management are highly valued by employers and should be highlighted throughout your CV.

Highlighting relevant experience

While apprenticeships are often geared to individuals with limited professional experience, showcasing any relevant experience is still important.

Whether you’ve participated in school projects, extracurricular activities, or community initiatives, highlighting to a prospective employer how these experiences have given you valuable skills and insights that will benefit you in the apprenticeship role is essential if you are going to be considered for the role.

Tailoring your CV to the role

One of the most effective strategies for creating a stand-out apprentice CV is tailoring it to the specific requirements of the role you’re applying for.

Carefully review the job description and identify key skills, qualifications, and characteristics the employer is looking for.

Then, customise your CV to emphasise how your background, experiences, and aspirations align with the needs of the apprenticeship position.

Top tip

“Download the job specification and use the highlighter function to pick out certain elements of the role that you would like to highlight in your CV. It’s a super easy way to visually track areas of importance.”

Highlight your personal development and growth

Employers seek apprentices who are not only eager to learn but committed to personal and professional development.

Use your CV to highlight your enthusiasm for continuous learning, willingness to take on new challenges, and passion for the industry.

Discuss any relevant hobbies, interests, or extracurricular activities that demonstrate your proactive approach to self-improvement and growth.

Attention to detail

When creating a CV or even tailoring a template for a particular role, it can be easy to miss a spelling mistake or include an irrelevant reference.

Despite this, there are some simple ways to make sure you’re getting it right:

  • Use built-in tools for spelling, formality, and grammar checks. Using technology for digital organisation tools like calendars, planners and project management platforms will not only keep you on track but prepare you for a working environment that requires you to meet deadlines and manage your own time efficiently.
  • Develop a system. By following a process of updates and amendments to your CV, you’ll minimise the chance of any errors slipping through the net and improve the overall efficiency of a task that often requires you to invest time in updates. Break down complex tasks into smaller, manageable steps, and create checklists to ensure that each step is completed.
  • Ask for help. You should have a team of teachers, career support services, parents/guardians and maybe even a mentor who can support you as you generate your CV for an apprentice position. Whether you need help putting it all together or simply want someone to proof what you’ve drafted, asking for help will pay off.

 

Ultimately, drafting a CV is not always easy. Talking about yourself can feel awkward and difficult to put into words on paper, BUT give it a shot!

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