- A curriculum vitae (CV) should inform an employer of your skills and experience.
- To provide an opportunity to persuade employers that you have the experience, qualities and knowledge that they are looking for based on the job description and selection criteria provided.
- To ensure your CV is properly targeted, you need to review and amend your CV for every job application, highlighting your own skills and experience that are relevant to each opportunity.
Use our guides below to build your winning CV. You can also find some more subject-specific CV examples on the Target Jobs site.
|CV examples||When used|
Create your own CV using our customisable template.
|Standard CV||Where the information is arranged under general headings (education, work experience, etc.) and set out chronologically thereafter with the most recent events first. This is the most common format for current students and recent graduates.|
|Skills based CV||Where all information is analysed for evidence of the most relevant skills for the job and then arranged under skills headings. Skills based CVs can be particularly effective for mature students and career changers.|
|Academic CV||Used when applying for postgraduate positions. Often includes publications and conference presentations sections.|
Top CV writing tips
- Generally two sides of typed A4
- Keep typefaces and font sizes consistent
- Aim for a font no smaller than 11
- Break up your text using bullet points
- Check for spelling / grammatical errors – get someone else to proof read before submitting
- Try to avoid the use of the first person “I”
- Target your CV to the position you are applying for
- Add persuasive detail where possible - facts and figures are great at quantifying your achievements (e.g. "continually surpassed sales targets by 50%", "increased membership of the Maths Society by 100%" or "organised an event for 250 students and raised over £500 for charity")
- Ask yourself if you would be encouraged to read your CV?