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Your aim is to produce a CV that is interesting, while at the same time keeping the reader engaged through the entire length of the CV.  To have any chance of success, you must get the reader of the CV to the second page and beyond with well-written content.


A CV is made up of several components:

  • Profile

  • Key Achievements

  • Work History

    • Company � brief explanation of the company

    • Role � what your role is

    • Performance � outline your success

  • Education

  • Personal Information


This is the first thing to be read on the CV and you are trying to present the following:

  • Past experience


  • Current experience
  • Future objective

This is all to be achieved in a four/five line paragraph.

This then gives the reader an immediate pr�cis of you � and it should excite them to read further.

Key Achievements 

Highlight five key achievements in your career to date, in a succinct bullet point format. Have three standard ones, and insert the other two, tailored to the position you are sending your CV for.

 Work History

Use this standard format for each job, in reverse chronology:


Company Name                                                                 Job Title


Exact dates of employment

  • Describe the company � not everyone will know who they are or what they do. Include the website address.

  • Describe your role and responsibilities.

  • Describe your achievements in the role.


Don�t leave gaps in the work history � it immediately creates doubt with the reader.

If you have gaps in employment, make sure you cover them with constructive comment, whether it be traveling, studying, illness etc.



List all your qualifications in reverse chronological order. Include where you achieved your qualifications.

Please exercise caution here � if you have several stages of education (GSCE�s; �A� Levels; Degree) you don�t need to list all the GSCE�s you took, just simple the number of passes.

Include non-academic certifications only if they are relevant to the position you are applying for.

Personal Information

Provide full details to include:

  • Full Name

  • Address

  • Phone numbers (landline and mobile)

  • Email address

Interests / Activities

You may have noticed that these have been omitted from this CV writing guide. Most of the time they are irrelevant to the roles being applied for, and while you may feel you want to put them on the CV, most people who read CV�s bear no reference to them at all.

There are of course exceptions to this rule, the main one being graduate recruitment, where employers will look for interests as an indicator to type of personality.



Don�t under any circumstance put references on your CV. You want control over your references, and they only become relevant when you get offered a job. Your prospective employer should only ask for references either just prior to an offer being made, or as part of the actual offer itself.



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