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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 will be asked to provide a personal statement or statement of suitability. Here you can find information on how to show yourself in the best light.

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The Civil Service Behaviours are one element of the Success Profiles. These are the things that people do that result in effective performance. Read more about why we use Behaviours to assess you here

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Assessments and interviews

The recruitment process, and what evidence is asked for, varies depending on the job you are applying for. Here you can read about the different stages of recruitment.

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Success Profiles guides

GOV.UK hosts a huge amount of detailed guidance on the different elements of Success Profiles.