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CV is short for curriculum vitae and is a brief description of your career. It explains to employers what you can do, what you have done and if you are suitable for a job.

A CV should:

  • Be no more than two pages of A4
  • Include details about your knowledge, qualifications, learning, skills and abilities in a positive way
  • Have your contact details; name, address, mobile phone number and email address
  • Include details of your work experience; paid or unpaid work, previous employers, job titles, with examples of tasks
  • Include a line saying ‘references available on request’
  • Be tailored to the employer and job you are applying for. So, if there is a 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, especially those marked 'essential'.

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