This is your chance to shine and sell yourself. You will have achieved great things during your time with the Police Service, so now's the time to tell your next employer all about what you've done and most importantly, what you can do for them.
It sounds obvious, but first of all, make sure you include your name, address, mobile number and an email address. If you haven't got an email address, now's the time to get one. There are plenty of free web-based services available like Yahoo and Hotmail - there are no excuses.
This is your chance to grab the employer's attention. A strong statement will make them want to keep on reading and could set you aside from other applicants. Use positive language and make sure you use this space to really sell yourself.
This is your number one sales tool. Get yours up to date or start one from scratch and you'll be ready to apply for your next role.
A good CV needs to be positive and make an impact. So you need to make sure yours is presented clearly and is easy to read. One way to do this is to use bold headings and bullet points.
Have a look at out our example CV for some ideas.
Take a look online, there are plenty of sample CVs available to inspire you. You can also find lots of useful information on the National Careers Service website.
You should always send a covering letter with your CV. It gives you the opportunity to explain why you're the right person for the job and allows you to add more detail than your CV can provide.
Your letter should:
Don't be tempted to use the same covering letter for each job you apply for. You'll make a more positive impact if every letter is tailored to the job.
You can find lots of useful information on the National Careers Service website.
This is a 'nice to include' section, if you have the space. Use it as an opportunity to showcase your personality and if you can, try and tie it in with the skills requested for the job.
Include details of your hobbies and interests, and any voluntary roles.