If you’re seeking adult social care jobs, a strong CV will give you a better chance of success. People get anxious and confused about what a CV should contain – but the truth is, there is no single correct way to present a CV. There are, however, some essentials.

Let’s develop a CV template for an adult care worker, with some explanations about contents, and how you can tailor the document to suit your own set of skills, and the job you’re aiming for.

Our care sector recruiters outline their top CV writing tips in the clip below:

Adult carer CV template. 

Contact details and profile.

Name, address, tel. number (including mobile), email.

Title:  add the specific job role you’re aiming for: Support Worker / Key Worker

Profile: Write a brief summary (around 6 sentences) of things that make you ideal for this post, or why you want this job.

E.g. I am a confident and tenacious person who enjoys meeting new people and am very adaptable to change. For years, I was a qualified nanny, but most recently worked as a support worker for young people with EBD, Challenging Behaviour and Autism. I currently volunteer with ABC Advocacy, ensuring that disabled people’s voices are heard.

I am genuinely passionate about supporting children and young people, and looking forward to using my excellent skills in a new career.

Key skills and availability. 

Highlight the skills that make you ideal for this particular job.

  • Extensive mental health experience and knowledge
  • Children & Adolescents experience
  • Multi-agency working
  • Full UK driving licence

Availability: e.g. Immediate. Let them know if you need to give a week’s notice or three months’!

Employment history. 

Start with your most recent job, and work back in time.

Give:

  • Dates
  • Job title / level
  • Organisation / brief address
  • Key tasks and Achievements. Depending on your preference, you can give these as bullet points or write more of a narrative.

E.g.

March 2015 - Present, Key Worker – Key Futures; Randstad Care; Edinburgh

  • Supporting 18 year old girl (from LAC system) in independent accommodation. Lone working.
  • Supporting complex needs (self-harm, emotional and behavioural difficulties, mild learning disabilities and defiant behaviour).
  • Engaging and building relationships. Providing emotional support.
  • Report writing and record writing. Making sure support plans are followed and updated where possible.

Or

I worked for AOT as a mental health practitioner in the community, with adults diagnosed with long & enduring mental illnesses, managing a caseload of 20.  A great deal of my role means developing therapeutic relationships to help move clients towards recovery; assisting clients with social circumstances, housing & benefits; performing psycho-social interventions; monitoring their mental state and supervising medication.  I attended ward rounds, medical reviews, CPA reviews, and CTO. I completed CPAs and wrote social circumstance reports for CTOs.  I made funding bids for accommodation and direct payments; assessed new referrals and planned discharge where clients showed signs of recovery.

Add any voluntary work, either within the timeframe of your work history, or as a separate heading

Jan 2009 – to date, Learning Assistant, Lincoln Infant School

I currently work as a volunteer mentor with year 1 and year 2 children, helping them with reading, spelling and maths.

Add all your jobs, or if too many, the most recent and most relevant. Explain any gaps in employment. E.g.

March 2012 - March 2014  -  Pregnancy & bringing up my son

Or

Travelling
I took a year out to travel around Australia and Asia

Training/Qualifications/professional memberships.
  • Safeguarding - March 2015
  • E.C.D.L. [European computing driving licence] 2010
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills, 4 modules (Teeside University) 1996

    Or:

HCPC [Health & Care Professions Council] registration number: OT99999

List the relevant professional training and any qualifications or awards earned.

E.g.

Education

From the most recent, give dates and name of college and schools, and list any qualifications (e.g. GCSE)

Sept 1981 - July 1988                Kingsdown Comprehensive

5 GCSEs including English and Maths (or list them, and grades)

Additional Experience

Add anything relevant that helps to demonstrate how you meet the person specification or job role. E.g.

Office Temping experience - roles in call centres and customer service roles (examples of company names) that enabled me to develop and use my people skills, communication and teamworking.

Finally, always adapt your CV to suit each individual job you’re applying for. The facts remain the same (you don’t make things up!), but you should emphasise exactly how you meet the person specification or job description of each new job.