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CV Templates & Advice

A CV allows a potential employer to check the suitability of a candidate and to assess whether they are suitable for the job or not. It's generally the first step in the employer getting to know you, so you need to ensure it stands out amongst the crowd.

Overall, a CV should be neatly typed, and usually no more than two sides of an A4. It should be positive, stressing achievements and strengths, and make a good impression in a clear positive way.

The basic format for a CV includes:

  • Personal details: name, address, phone number, email address and possibly a professional social media presence. You no longer need to include your date of birth
  • Personal profile: selling yourself and your qualities tailored towards the job you are applying for
  • Career history: start with your most recent job, including dates. Temporary and / or voluntary jobs should only be included if appropriate
  • Qualifications and training: with the most recent first, list any qualifications and training
  • Achievements: relevant achievements from previous jobs
  • Interests: only if they are relevant and especially if the skills or teamwork concerned are relevant for the job
  • Any extra information: such as reasons for a career change or reasons for gaps in career history, such as caring duties
  • References: either "available upon request" or you could include two with a recent employer first
  • Straight forward font and formatting is required (eg Arial or Times Roman). Spelling must be checked and double checked
  • One CV will not fit all applications, it needs to be a very targeted document for the role you are going for. Do some research so you understand what the employer is looking for

Although there is no exact format, we have compiled a generic CV template to show the basic layout:

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