CV stands for curriculum vitae, which means a brief account of your career. CVs are used to explain to employers what you can do and what you have done, so a good CV looks forwards as well as accounts for what you did in the past.
A CV should be no longer than two sides of A4. It should show your knowledge, learning, skills and competencies in a positive way. It needs to include enough information for the employer to decide whether you are likely to be a suitable candidate, so you should include:
- Contact details - name, address, mobile phone number and email address
- Knowledge - educational or professional qualifications
- Skills and competencies
- Work related experiences - periods of paid or unpaid work, previous employers, job titles, examples of tasks
- Referees - two people who can comment on your paid or unpaid work
It's important to tailor your CV to the needs of the employer and the particular job. If there is a job specification or job description, show how you are a good fit by giving examples of how your experience, knowledge and skills fit the requirements of the job, paying particular attention to the ones marked 'essential'.
Watch our short video on how to tailor your CV to every job
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You can also look at our example CVs which are shown below:
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