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Your CV should always be concise and easy to read. Here is an ideal layout to use with suggestions for content in italics. It should be clear and uncluttered, so don’t enclose items into graphics, borders or boxes!

 

Curriculum Vitae

Your Name
Your Address – Your Telephone numbers – Your email address

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Your personal statement is perhaps the single most important part of you CV. Get it wrong and your chances of being invited to interview are drastically reduced.
Its aim is to highlight your professional attributes and goals, emphasising why the employer should continue reading the rest of your CV. Remember- Keep it to one paragraph.

KEY SKILLS

Technical Skills & qualifications

Personal Skills

EMPLOYMENT

Always list your current job first, work backwards and explain any gaps between employment dates!

Job Title | Company Name | Do not include reason for leaving or salary

Location: (Not full address) | Dates of Employment

You should give your reader a brief introduction to what the company does and explain a bit about the responsibilities your role covered.

Key Achievements:

Job Title | Company Name | Do not include reason for leaving or salary

Location: (Not full address) | Dates of Employment

For older jobs you should keep the details slightly shorter, only offering information that will help you reach the next stage in your career.

Key Achievements:

Keep adding older jobs in the same format as above, as appropriate

EDUCATION

Professional Body, Location

Course Title | Grade

If you have gained any qualifications specific to your industry list these first. Prospective employers can then clearly see that you have the knowledge and ability to take on the role.

University Name, Location

Course Title | Grade

Explain how your course helped you develop your knowledge in the areas that are relevant to the position you’re applying for. If you have switched direction from the topic you studied, you may want to briefly explain the reasons behind this decision.

College Name, Location

Course Title | Grade - Course Title | Grade - Course Title | Grade - Course Title | Grade

High School Name, Location

Subjects and Grades:

List a small selection of the courses you took and grades that are relevant to your career path.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Outside interests enable a potential employer to gain an understanding to what motivates you, what personal skills you may have and how you will integrate into the team.

Look at how job advertisements stipulate certain personality traits required for positions. Identify what they are and show how your hobbies can relate to their requirements. Try to avoid using just the obvious ones such as “Socialising with friends”, “Reading”, “Listening to Music” and “Going to the Cinema” etc.

REFERENCES

Always provide the details of 2 professional referees who are easily contactable and with whom you have previously gained permission for us to take up the reference. This need not be your current employer.

To download a blank version of this CV template for you to use click here

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