How To Write Your First CV For Manchester Apprenticeships

Trying to write your first CV can be a tricky business. I mean, just where do you start? The art of selling yourself is something that comes naturally to some, while others struggle with this concept. As you start to gain more work experience, writing your CV definitely becomes an easier task. There are several Manchester apprenticeships vacancies out there, all with a lot of competition, so how do you make your CV the best it can be? Here are some useful points to get your first CV sizzling.



Always check your CV for spelling and grammatical errors. Checking it once is not enough. Do it four or five times. Use the spelling and grammar check on Microsoft Word which highlights any errors that you have made, but remember a spelling mistake on your CV won’t cost you Manchester apprenticeships. However, it is something that can easily be avoided and shows attention to detail. Once that you are happy with it - ask a teacher, friend or relative if they can read over it again for you. They may spot a mistake that you missed.  

Don’t lie

Lying on your CV is a complete – NO, NO! You can’t make up a previous job because you think it will increase your chances of landing the job that you are going for now. Be honest! You will be expected to talk about everything on your CV in detail at an interview. So give yourself the edge by using your CV to big yourself up and let people know what skills you have and what you do well. Employers are normally clever enough to smell a rat – don’t give them the chance. 

Get a good reference

It is common practice to put down two referees on your CV. One usually provides a work reference and the other a character reference. As this is your first CV, some of you might not have anyone to provide a work reference for you. However, don’t discount any little jobs that you might have held while in school. If you’ve had any small jobs like a paper round or carried out a work experience placement that you went on in school, then you can ask these employers for references. Don’t ask anyone for a reference if you are not confident that they will be positive about you. A good reference helps to give your interview or application that extra boost.

You cannot use a family member or friend to provide your reference. It has to come from someone impartial.  So someone like a teacher or one of your sports coaches is ideal for this. If by the time of writing your CV, you are still unsure about who you can put down as references. You can put ‘References available on request’ which gives you more time to think of people that you can call on. 


This is probably the most daunting part of doing a CV for someone that is going for their first job. Your work experience might be limited, but you probably have more to write in this section than you think. Have you ever done regular babysitting, washed the neighbours cars or been on a work experience placement in school? What skills did you learn? Think about what you did and what transferrable skills you have displayed in these roles e.g. time management, being punctual, displaying good communication skills, being computer literate etc. These are all things that you can put down. It’s all value experience that you can highlight to your potential employer. 



Your CV needs to be set out in a way that is easy to read and follow.

  • The first section of your CV should include your personal details. Name, address, phone number, email address and date of birth.
  • After this, add a personal summary. A personal summary is a short paragraph that details your skills, career aspirations and qualifications that you have gained.
  •  The following section should be dedicated to your educational history and qualifications that you have gained. Remember to lay these out in chronological order (the most recent things first).
  • The next segment of your CV should be dedicated to your interests. Here you should state what things that you do outside of work and what your interests are. This part of your CV is where you can show your personality.
  • Finally, add your references to complete your CV. A completed CV should be no longer than two A4 pieces of paper. 


Now that you are armed with some tips on how to write a successful CV – get started on it so that you can apply for Aspire’s apprenticeships, Lancashire!

Take everything you’ve learnt in this article and put it to good use! Start writing your CV and applying for Manchester apprenticeships today!  There are several apprenticeships Lancashire, available and more are added daily – so don’t miss out! Bag your dream Manchester apprenticeships today! 

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