How to write a CV - LifeSkills CV Builder

Estimated time required: 60-90 mins

Employers see hundreds of CVs on a day-to-day basis, so making yours stand out for the right reasons is vital. They might only have the chance to scan it for a few seconds, so it’s important to grab their attention right away.

Knowing what’s relevant, what to disregard and exactly how to write a CV can be tricky. But with our free CV builder, making your own is easy, all you need is a LifeSkills account.

Over 29,000 people visited our CV Builder in 2020.

What is the CV builder?

The LifeSkills CV Builder is a free tool that can help you build your own CV from scratch.  All you have to do is input the relevant information and we do the rest.  Once it’s created, you can download your CV as a Word document and start using it to secure a role.

How do you use it?

Simply input important information that will make your CV stand out, such as your personal statement, key skills and achievements and your qualifications and past work and voluntary experience and then download your unique, ready-made CV for free.

As an optional feature, our online tool can also connect to your Facebook and Twitter accounts to supercharge your CV with the skills and interests that make you unique. But don’t forget to ask yourself whether everything it finds is relevant or appropriate for a CV. Remember to think about what potential employers might find in your social profiles and the impression it gives about you.

What do I need to use it?

All you need to get going with this tool is a free LifeSkills account. It’s that easy.

What key things do I need to think about?

  • Education background
  • Past work experience including any voluntary work
  • Personal statement
  • Key skills and achievements – what are you good at, what are your proud of?

How long will it take?

The LifeSkills CV Builder will take at least 30 minutes, but we’d recommend taking time to make sure you have included all the relevant information so that it shows you in the best light possible. Don’t rush writing your personal statement either; if you’ve already prepared one of these then that will save you some time.  What’s more, you can save your progress and come back to it later.

Can I import my information into the CV builder?

Yes. The CV Builder can connect to your Facebook and Twitter accounts to boost your CV with additional skills and interests. Just make sure that the information imported are things you think will make you stand out as a suitable candidate. And if you don’t want to, you don’t have to link your accounts.

Once you’ve built your CV, why not brush up on your interview skills with our Virtual Interview Tool or explore other available tools and information via the interviews hub.