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Career worksheets: “Wreck My CV” Game ๐Ÿ’ฅ

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Introduction ๐Ÿ‘‹

Without question, teaching young people about career options is extremely important.

Studies from CBI have shown that almost half (49%) of young people believe that their education has not prepared them for the world of work.

However, if you’re teaching, it’s difficult to find the time to do all the research, so you can teach it!

Save yourself time by using our free careers worksheets to teach your learners about careers!

The worksheets:

  • Start with the basics ๐Ÿชœ
  • Include colourful puzzles and games ๐Ÿง 
  • Explain careers in a simple and entertaining way ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ

These worksheets can be used to:

  • check learners’ understanding of CVs ๐Ÿง 
  • introduce the topic of CVs ๐Ÿ‘‹
  • check learners’ familiarity with tips on how to write an effective CVโœ…
  • facilitate group discussions about CVs ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Lesson Objectives ๐Ÿ†

By the end of this lesson, learners will:

  • Understand the importance of word choices in CV writing, and the positive impact on CV quality from carefully selected language and formatting.
  • Practice CV writing through completion of a CV template, and explore ways of presenting themselves through a CV.
  • Understand the elements that contribute to a strong CV, including content, formatting, and professionalism, and how applying these principles can improve their own CV-writing skills.

Learner Record Notesโœ๏ธ

Once you’ve completed these worksheets you can add these notes to your records for your learners:

Today we completed worksheets about CV writing, where learners practiced developing a CV.

This activity supported the development of the following skills:

  • Literacy – learners read through the worksheets independently, and were introduced to new vocabulary.
  • Problem solving – learners used problem solving skills to complete the worksheet.
  • Decision making – learners made decisions about whether to create “the best CV in the world” or “the worst CV in the world”, and how to best use language choices to influence this.
  • Self awareness – learners reflected on their CV writing skills, and learned about different ways to improve these skills.
  • Communication skills – these worksheets facilitated group discussions about careers for learners.

Career worksheets: “Wreck My CV” Game ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Worksheet Description ๐Ÿ“„

Sheet 1 – CV Template ๐Ÿ—๏ธ

Learners are asked to complete a CV template. The worksheet explains that the words you use on your CV are important. Learners can either have fun writing the worst CV in the world using inappropriate wording for a CV, or they can make the CV the best in the world by using good wording.

The CV template covers the following sections:

  • Contact Details
  • Personal Profile
  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Employment and Work Experience
  • Education and Qualifications

Sheet 2 – CV Tips โœ…

To support learners with the activity, they are given tips for writing the best CV in the world, and the worst CV in the world.

The tips for the best CV in the world include the following:

  • Avoid using photos (for most jobs)
  • Use the job description to write your CV to show you meet the requirements
  • Get someone else to check your CV
  • Give examples of when you’ve used skills
  • Keep it less than 5 pages (ideally 2!)
  • Save the document as a PDF to look professional
  • Use your name + “CV” for the file name e.g. LauraAbraham.pdf
  • Use modern fonts like Calibri, Helvetica, or Verdana
  • Use numbers to show the impact/results you’ve had
  • Create different CVs for different jobs you’re applying for
  • If you’re writing the best CV in the world, you should:

The tips for the worst CV in the world include the following:

  • Lie
  • Spell things incorrectly and use bad grammar
  • Make it look cramped
  • Use fonts and colours that are difficult to read
  • Use an unprofessional email address e.g.
  • Use negative language
  • Waffle!

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