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									                            How to write an effective CV
Your curriculum vitae is the first impression any prospective employer has of you, so it’s important to
make sure your CV accurately and effectively sells your skills and experience. The key point is to keep it
clear, concise, and easy to read.

How should I present my CV?
  • Always type your CV.
  • Double check it for spelling and grammar errors, and don’t rely on spell check. Any errors on a
      CV show a lack of attention to detail and create a negative impression.
  • Double check dates and qualifications
  • Avoid lengthy paragraphs and use bullet points to make it easy to read.
  • Do include photos or logos.
  • Use a clear font, no smaller than 11pt, and avoid using colour.
  • Print your CV on white paper.

How long should it be?
Your CV should be as clear and concise as possible. Ideally, keep it to two pages, but if you need to use
more pages to demonstrate the extent and complexity of your experience, do so.

Personal Details
Include your name, postal and email address and contact telephone numbers. A mobile telephone
number is vital to ensure you don’t miss out on opportunities.

Profile
A few sentences that describe you at work: how you like to work, your strengths, weaknesses and aims.

Employment History
Start with your most recent position and list the dates, position held and company name, followed by
bullet points listing your duties, responsibilities and achievements. Don’t leave any gaps: if there are any
breaks in employment, explain them, particularly if you have changed jobs a lot or been travelling.

Education and Qualifications
   • Apply common sense. If you have an extensive employment history, school results may not be
       hugely important. On the other hand, if you are looking for your first job, they are vital. Either
       way, if your grades are bad, don’t list them.
   •    List all qualifications, including professional qualifications, chronologically, with grades and dates.
   •    Detail any other skills such as IT systems or foreign languages.

Personal Interests
Unless your interests are relevant to the job you are applying for, don’t include this section.

References
There is no need to include detail of references on your CV. Simply write ‘References are available on
request’.


                           5 Richfield Place, 12 Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8EQ
                                                Telephone: 0118 9567 064
                                                    Fax: 0118 9596 805
                         Example of a Curriculum Vitae

Name:                   First name and last name

Address:                Street number / house name and street name
                        Town/City
                        Postcode

Telephone:              Home / Work number
                        Mobile number

Email:                  Your email address

Nationality:            British / Indian etc


Profile
A short description of yourself at work and what you are looking for




Employment History

January 2010 – Present
Name of Employer
Position Held

    •    Specific duties
    •    Responsibilities held
    •    Particular achievements

January 2008 – December 2010
Name of Employer
Position Held

    •    Specific duties
    •    Responsibilities held
    •    Particular achievements




                          5 Richfield Place, 12 Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8EQ
                                               Telephone: 0118 9567 064
                                                   Fax: 0118 9596 805
March 2006 – December 2008
Name of Employer
Position Held

    •   Specific duties
    •   Responsibilities held
    •   Particular achievements


Education and qualifications

Start year – end year, name of university
Degree attained

Start year – end year, name of college / school
Number of A-Levels / O’Levels / GCSEs

    •   Qualification and pass grade
    •   Qualification and pass grade
    •   Qualification and pass grade


Other qualifications achieved


IT skills

List package and version


Languages

List languages and proficiency




                           5 Richfield Place, 12 Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8EQ
                                                Telephone: 0118 9567 064
                                                    Fax: 0118 9596 805

								
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