Advice and tips for DofE participants and Award holders

Our Recruitment Team has put together the following advice regarding CV writing to help you make the best of your skills and qualities.

Many Amey employees have a DofE Award at various levels and it is something that stands out in applications as we know that DofE Award holders have certain skills which are important to Amey as an organisation. Doing and achieving your DofE helps to develop skills and experiences that are closely linked with our values, including:

  • Communication
  • Teamworking
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Planning and prioritisation

Ensure you make the most of your skills and the experiences gained from your DofE and mention these on your application.

Tips for writing a CV

Overall, a CV should be neat and typed if possible. Most libraries now have public computers, if you do not have your own.

It should also be short, usually no more than two sides of A4. It should be positive, stressing achievements and strengths, and make a good impression in a clear and positive way.

The basic format for a CV includes:

  • Personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address and possibly any professional social media presence such as LinkedIn. You no longer need to include your date of birth, owing to age discrimination rules.
  • Career history, starting with your most recent job first. Include dates and temporary or voluntary jobs if appropriate.
  • A personal profile which sells yourself and your qualities, tailored towards the job you are applying for.
  • Achievements from previous jobs and work experiences that are relevant.
  • Qualifications and training from previous jobs, with the most recent first.
  • Interests, if they are relevant and especially if the skills or teamwork concerned are relevant for the job.
  • Any extra information, including reasons for a career change or reasons for gaps in career history, such as caring duties.

Good luck!

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