Most jobs are now advertised online and applicants are asked to complete an application form rather than send in a Curriculum Vitae (CV) detailing your employment history. An employer will generally provide a job description and a person specification which will tell you what the job entails and what skills and qualifications are expected. Make sure that you read these carefully.
Some application forms can be completed online or you can save them to a folder on your computer and email or post them back. It is less common to be asked to fill in an application by hand, but if you are asked to, use black ink and ensure that it is clear and well presented.
Emphasise any experience or skills you have which match the job description and be as positive as you can. See below to download our person specification document for being a carer and our list of skills you may have acquired through caring. These may help you to recognise some of the skills you have gained from your caring role, many of which can be transferred into the workplace. Those phrases which are relevant could be included in your CV or application. Before sending off, get someone else to check it through.
It’s always a good idea to prepare a CV so that you have it ready if asked and you can refer to it if completing an application form. Less is more - a CV should never be more than two sides of A4.
For details of what to include in your CV go to the National Careers Service Website https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/