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How to write
your CV

Your CV

Your CV is a document that allows you to summarise your education, work history, skills and experience which relate to the job you are applying for.  Your skills and experience will be scored against the essential criteria in the job advert so make sure your information is relevant to the job. 

Your work history can include paid work, volunteering work and/or work experience through school or college. You can also mention experience you have from school, college or hobbies and clubs you have been involved in.  For example, if you helped organise a school trip or arranged a charity event you can highlight the skills you used.

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How we recruit

We assess a combination of behaviours, strengths, experience, ability and technical skills. Find out more about how this helps us to find the right person for each role.
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How to write your personal statement

For some jobs you’ll be asked to provide a personal statement or statement of suitability. Find out how to stand out.

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Demonstrating behaviours

Behaviours are the things that people do that result in effective performance. Read more about the behaviours we use to assess you.

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Assessments and interviews

Read about the different kinds of assessments you might be asked to do, after you’ve submitted an application form.

Civil Service Success Profiles

The Civil Service recruits using Success Profiles. This means that for every role, we consider what you’ll need to demonstrate to be successful.