Writing a CV

If you want a good job, you need a good CV – it’s as simple as that. With a poorly written CV and cover letter you’ll always struggle to get an interview. And without an interview, you’ll never get the job.

Job markets are always competitive, so employers will discard your CV if it contains even the smallest of mistakes. This can all make writing a CV a daunting task. What should you say? How should you say it? And what should you include in the accompanying cover letter?

If you want to make a great first impression, you need to take this course. You’ll gain valuable insight into what employers want to see and you’ll avoid the common mistakes so many people make. With the right knowledge and good planning, writing a persuasive cover letter and professional CV is easier than you think.

Watch this video for a quick overview of our Writing a CV course.


Who is it for?

This course is perfect for anyone who wants to create a positive first impression with potential employers. Which is just about everyone. Whether you’re applying for an external role, or a promotion within your current organisation, good CV writing is an essential skill.

Why study this course?

  • You’ll be able to structure a CV for easy comprehension
  • You’ll be able to write an effective cover letter to help your applications
  • You’ll stand out from the crowd of other applicants
  • You’ll make sure your CV lands in the “yes” pile
  • You’ll avoid the common pitfalls that job applicants make
  • You’ll be invited to more interviews
  • You’ll likely reduce the number of applications required to get a job
  • You’ll have a professional document that you can use time and time again

Key facts

Average course duration: under 1 hour. Course content broken down as follows:
  • Accredited e-learning course
  • Printable certificate available
  • Five high-quality interactive modules
  • Easy step-by-step learning
  • Get downloadable worksheets and video transcripts

Price: Free

Why study with ICM?

Practical courses - This course is designed to help you in the real business world, giving you practical skills that you can quickly and easily implement in the workplace.

Interactive and engaging - Learning doesn’t have to be boring. This multi-media course is designed to keep you engaged throughout.

Step-by-step learning - This course is broken down into easy to manage bite-size chunks. From start to finish we take you on an enjoyable learning journey.

Certificated courses - Employers recognise hard work and you will be awarded an official ICM certificate upon successful completion of your course.

Course content

  • 1Introduction to Writing a CV

    • What has your CV got to do with marketing?
    • What is the primary purpose of your CV?
    • What does your CV need to do?
  • 2What to put in your CV

    • What are the main sections of a CV?
    • Learn five different CV structures (with examples)
    • Understand how important information presentation is to success
  • 3Presenting your CV

    • How do you make your CV visually appealing?
    • Learn what to include in your CV (and what to avoid)
    • What mistakes may cause employers to instantly reject your CV?
  • 4Writing a covering letter

    • Start viewing your cover letter as a sales pitch
    • How do you structure a cover letter?
    • What should you include in your letter
    • Learn the essential dos and don’ts (and see examples)
  • 5Checking your CV and covering letter

    • Learn how your best friend could help you get a job