A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a tool in which to market yourself, it’s the first marketing tool that the agency or potential employer will see. If it isn’t up to date and doesn’t outline your CHILDCARE experience and qualifications you won’t reach registration or interview stage with the agency or the agencies clients.
The CV should be written from the point of view of the reader. Also, be aware that as an agency, we receive hundreds of applications, hence the ones which are easy to read, concise and well-presented will hold our attention.
Keep the following guidelines in your mind when you write your CV:
- Your contact information should be clearly visible on the first page of the CV
- Include your location
- Include a small smiley photo (be aware of the background to ensure it looks professional)
- Your CV should be typed in an easy-to-follow format, i.e. the headlines should be indented and highlighted to catch the attention of the reader easily. Do not write your entire CV in capital letters and ensue the font is consistent throughout.
- When outlining your education and training, list the most recent and highest degree/certificate first and work backwards.
- Only outline certificates that are up to date, not the expired qualifications.
- Include a brief profile summarising your attributes, experience, and training and why you feel you are suitable for the type of role you are applying for.
- Do not write you able to work alone or part of a team!
- If you have had any further development training, or additional hands-on experience be sure to include it in your CV
- If you are a confident driver include this in your CV if applying for a Nanny role.
- If you have an up to date DBS or Ofsted registration include this in your CV.
- Make sure your CV outlines the appropriate skills for the position you are applying for. If you have baby experience through working as a Nanny or midwife and would like to secure a maternity post for example, you will need to elaborate on your baby experience within your previous roles, outlining your skills in structuring routines for feeding, sleeping and assisting the mother etc.
- When writing about your experience, always start with your most recent position and work backwards in chronological order.
- Include the ages and sex of the children when you started and subsequent Newborns.
- Outline your duties, for example sole charge, shared care, nursery duties, school runs, cooking etc.
- Include your reason for leaving each position
- Explain any gaps in your work history.
- Give two recent employment references that are not friends or family relatives (make sure you ask permission before disclosing their details so that they are prepared when the Agency contacts them)
- CHECK THE GRAMMAR AND SPELLING. A large number of applicants are not selected for interview due to the spelling mistakes within their CV. Ask a third party to read and check your CV, especially if English is not your native language.
- If applicable the following should be included in your CV: Languages you can speak fluently or mother tongue, musical instruments you can play well.
It’s always a good idea to include a covering letter outlining the role you are seeking, your skills, a selection of references and your availability and salary expectations.