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My Financial Career

Preparing your CV

When it comes to applying for jobs, your CV helps you get that initial foot in the door.


How do you ensure your CV is added to the 'I want to meet this person' pile, rather than thrown away with no chances of being considered?

Firstly, you will need to get the basics right. See our list of CV basics on the right.

Secondly, presentation is key. A successful CV is always carefully and clearly presented.
Nowadays people apply for jobs online or use various recruitment websites where they sign up to, and either are head-hunted or apply for any jobs that might have caught their eye.

However if you need to post your CV/application, make sure the CV is never crumpled or folded, so use an A4 envelope to post your applications.

CV basics

  • Personal and contact information
  • Education and qualifications
  • Work history and/or experience
  • Relevant skills to the job in question
  • Interests, achievements, hobbies and
  • Some references

Top tips for preparing your CV

No more than two pages of A4

A CV is a reassurance to a potential employer, so it is your chance to tick the right boxes. What you need to remember is that employers receive a number of CV's all the time so it is unlikely they'll read each one cover to cover.

Understand the job description
Read the details from start to finish. It might be helpful if you take notes and create bullet points, highlighting everything you can satisfy and all the bits you can’t. For the areas where you are lacking, try to adapt the skills you do have. It might be that the job requires some sales experience, so be sure to mention any retail work you have undertaken during your studies. It will demonstrate key skills, and show how they are transferable.

Tailor the CV to the role
First thing to remember here - there is no such thing as a generic CV. Every CV you send to a potential employer should be tailored to that role, so hoping that a general CV will work is a waste of time.

Making the most of your skills
Don’t forget to mention your key skills that can help you to stand out from the crowd. It could be that you have an excellent communication or computer skills; you speak foreign language or are excellent at problem solving. All skills are relevant; just think what you have done to grow them.

Making the most of your interests
Highlight the things that show off your skills you have gained and employers look for. Give examples of positions of responsibility, working in a team or anything that shows your initiative.

Those should be from someone who has employed you in the past and can vouch for your skills and experience. If you have never worked before, use your teacher or tutor as a referee. Employers will usually require two references.


Frequently Asked Questions

Our Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education (CeFE) and Level 3 Certificate & Diploma in Financial Education (CeFS/DipFS) qualifications are included in Performance Tables and CeFE is counted towards Progress 8. Our Level 2 Certificate in Financial Capability and Careers Development (CeFCCD) is included in Performance Tables in Wales.

All of our Financial Capability qualifications are approved by Ofqual, Qualification Wales and CCEA.

Our Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) and Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) are Applied General qualifications that attract the full UCAS tariff and are equivalent to AS and A2 qualifications. Our Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education (CeFE) is the equivalent of a GCSE.

If you'd like to talk to someone on the Financial Capability team about the LIBF e-test software, call us on +44 (0)12 2782 8234 or via email: fcexams@libf.ac.uk.

To register as an Approved Centre, you will need to complete the following form:

Once completed, please email both forms to fcexams@libf.ac.uk

Once you've received approval to deliver our qualifications, a member of examinations staff at your centre will be able to register students. Please note, it will take up to 5 working days to process and confirm your registrations.

Once you've received approval to deliver our qualifications, a member of examinations staff at your centre will be able to register students. This is done using the 'Bulk register students with The London Institute of Banking & Finance' link on your MyLIBF account.

Please note, it will take up to 5 working days to process and confirm your registrations.

Once students are registered on to a qualification, your centre will gain access to our learning materials via our online platform, MyLIBF.

Costs that are involved with the delivery of our qualifications include the registration of students, resit examination and any post-result actions (e.g. Script Requests, Result Enquiries). These can be found here. There are no costs to becoming an Approved Centre.

Payments are due at the end of the calendar month.

We are unable to deal with queries directly from Financial Capability students. All communications between Financial Capability students and The London Institute of Banking & Finance must come through the student’s tutors or the centre’s examination staff.


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