Article reviewed: 2013/01/06 | Next review due: 2014/07/25
A CV takes several hours to perfect. A poorly written or formatted CV will be obvious and will reflect badly on you by your prospective employer.
CVs should have the following format:
1. Personal Details
- Personal details should take up no more than a quarter of the first page.
- Please give your English address, phone number and email address as your contact details; if you won’t be living in your current country, it will be useless.
- Dates should be given in month/year format. Exact dates are not required.
- For each role in your work experience, write a summary of your roles and responsibilities
- If you have sufficient experience in your specialisation, remove any unrelated experience prior to this (e.g. if you have experience in, and are looking for, a role in finance, then detailing your job at a retail store when you were a student is irrelevant)
3. Work Experience
4. Additional skills (and Hobbies if you have little work experience)
- Contact details, including telephone and email address are vital
- Please ensure that your referees speak English
- Don’t give the document a heading of ‘CV’ or ‘Curriculum Vitae’. Your name should be the heading.
- Maintain the same formatting throughout the document (font, bullet points, line spacing, indents, etc.)
- Use black and white colours only. Offices usually print in black and white, and colours won’t show up. Only use colours for design/art jobs that you feel would significantly reflect your work.
- Print your CV before you send it – making sure that if it goes onto two pages there is no text chopped off the bottom of the page.
- Do not include a photo in your CV.
- Do not have any boxes in your CV, recruitment agents dislike them.
- Tailor every CV specifically to the role that you are applying for.
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