Business KS3 / KS4: How to prepare a CV and perform in a job interview

This dynamic series of seven short films follows a group of teenagers as they try out being an apprentice for the day in a variety of different jobs everything from a hairdresser to a dental nurse.

The films include:-

  • Careers mentor Aimee Bateman offering advice on how to create a CV and cover letter
  • insights into what it's like to be an apprentice for a day.
  • Job roles include: engineer, hairdresser, plumber, chef, outdoor education tutor and dental nurse

These clips are taken from the original BBC series, Apprentice for a Day

Suitable for: KS3 and KS4 / GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland

Teacher Notes

Staff can use this clip before students write an application for a job, apprenticeship, work experience or volunteering opportunity.

They can discuss with students how to prepare a CV and covering letter that really stand out.

Careers mentor, Aimee Bateman, tells students how to market themselves, what to include and how to communicate with a prospective employer.

Staff can prepare students for a real or mock interview by using the middle part of the clip which shows how a job candidate can best prepare for and perform at interview.

Aimee explains how to focus on prospective employers by finding out about their company and their competitors.

She emphasises that it is important to explain why you chose them and, if they choose you, how you will benefit them.

Aimee also explains why it is a good idea to send a follow-up thank-you letter.

Staff can use the final part of the clip to prepare students for making the transition to working life and adjusting to their new role as a trainee, apprentice or worker.

Aimee explains how to settle in, stay positive and keep on improving.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Business and PSHE Citizenship at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland

Also at 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

More from the series: Apprentice for a Day

Apprentice chef for a day
Apprentice dental nurse for a day
Apprentice engineer for a day
Apprentice hairdresser for a day
Apprentice outdoor education tutor for a day
Apprentice plumber for a day