Saturday, 25th November 2017
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STRUCTURE OF A CV

There is a section on these types of CVs and the careers they apply to, however, the vast majority follow the below format:

Ideally, a CV should be no longer than TWO SIDES of A4 paper – any longer and the person reading it will most likely move on. Any information given should be worthy of its place on the page and only totally relevant.

  • Personal details – Open with your name, address and contact details
  • Employment history – Work backwards from your last job to your first. If your employment history is long, limit the number of jobs you include to only the four or five most relevant. Include the employer, your position, the length of time you worked there, your responsibilities and what you achieved when in employment
  • Education and qualifications – Where applicable, list your university, college and/or school, the subjects you studied and the grades you achieved
  • Additional qualifications – Here you can include any extracurricular qualifications you may have
  • Key skills and strengths – Things you are good at in a business context; skills that could be valuable to an employer and that make you stand out from the rest of the applicants
  • Interests – Things you do in your free time that add to your CV and are not distracting or irrelevant
  • References – Contact details of previous employers or academic tutors, to be contacted for details about your strengths and how you conduct yourself