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How to write a successful CV



*  What is a C.V.?

*  When should a CV be used?

*  What makes a good CV?

*  How long should a CV be?

*  What information should a CV include?

*  Tips on presentation

*  Fonts

*  Different Types of CV

*  Targeting your CV

*  Emailed CVs and Web CVs

*  Example CVs
     CV 1 Susan Smith
     CV 2 Ahmed Hussain
     CV 3 Sharlice McDonal Green 

*  Further Help


What is a C.V.?

Curriculum Vitae: an outline of a person's educational and professional history, usually prepared for job applications (L, lit.: the course of one's life).

When you are starting out in the world of work or even changing jobs it's essential to have a well presented professional CV. The following page will give you all the tips to make an impressive CV

Probably the first CV was written by Leonardo Da Vinci 500 years ago


There is no one way to construct a CV, just some useful suggestions.

Your CV is your personal marketing document in which you are marketing yourself.

You need to "sell" your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to employers.

Many employers will not accept CVs and instead use their own application form.  But they are still often used

When you send in a CV to a prospective employer you should be mindful of what they are looking for and try and ensure that your CV is presenting that information.  You might need several versions of your CV.



What information should a CV include?

  • Personal details
  • Previous work experience
  • Qualifications & skills
  • Education
  • Achievements

Some advisers suggest stick to two pages

It is a good rule for a first CV

Often selectors read CVs outside working hours. They may have a pile of 50 CVs from which to select five interviewees.

It's evening and they would rather be in the pub with friends.

If your CV is hard work to read: badly laid out and containing irrelevant information, they will just move on to the next CV.

What are the most important aspects of CV that employers look for?

  • Relevant experience or skills
  • Achievements that show potential
  • Easy to read
  • Good spelling & grammar

Choose a sensible email address

Some email addresses are ignored. Here are some  email addresses that you should NOT copy:

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Many employers don’t check references at the application stage so okay to say "References are available on request."



*  Personal details

Normally these would be your name, address, date of birth(although with age discrimination laws now in force this isn't essential),telephone number and email.

*  Education and qualifications

From GCSEs, vocational qualifications, A levels and degrees or equivalents. With grades unless really poor!

*  Work experience

Use action words such as developed, planned and organised.

Specify the skills and knowledge that you acquired. Even work in a shop, bar or restaurant will involve working in a team, providing service to customers, and dealing with complaints.

Try to highlight the skills relevant to the job from your past work experience or voluntary activity. A finance job will involve numeracy, and problem solving so make sure these come across.

For a retail role you would place more emphasis on customer service, business awareness, working with others as part of a team.


Interests and achievements

Don't use "socialising with friends".

It is important to show your evidence of employability skills through your personal activities as well as your work experience: team working, project planning, showing initiative and enterprise

Any evidence of leadership is important to mention: captain or coach of a sports team, course representative, chair of a student society.




When asked what would make them automatically reject a candidate:

*  61% employers said spelling mistakes or typos

*  30% CVs that don’t include a list of skills