How to construct a CV

The CV is usually the first point of contact when you are introducing yourself to a potential employer. That is why it is perhaps one of the most important resource at your disposal and as a result it is vital that you perfect it. The CV shown below is recommended by numerous career centres and advisors and we hope that it will bring you one step closer to your dream job.

(Insert your full name here)

In order to make your address tidy, make sure that it is on one line.
Mobile Number, landline number, email address, web address.



Profile

(Use employer’s key personal attributes words eg. entrepreneurial and enthusiastic)
(If relevant include your personal qualifications and how it relates to the job)
(description of where you are now eg. finalist) ([XYZ] University, on track for [expected grade]) with (use employer’s key skills words) and experience of (use employer’s required experience where you can offer it], now seeking (what you want eg graduate training opportunity, work experience etc) in (sector).



Key Achievements and Skills

  • Personal Quality/ies - choose best example to show key personal attribute required
  • Key Knowledge - choose best relevant example to demonstrate key knowledge required
  • Key Experience - choose best relevant example to demonstrate appropriate key experience
  • Skill 1 - identify these through job description/advertisement; check against other role descriptions; run heading in bold and give 3 references to where you have gained each skill
  • Skill 2 – eg communications
  • Skill 3 – eg team work
  • Skill 4 – etc as above


Education

Dates

University + town if not clear
Full course title
Expected outcome (grade)
Key modules (eg. what is key to the role!)
Dissertation topic:

Dates

School/Sixth Form College details
(Number of) A Level(s) (or equivalent; include grades)
(Number of) AS Level(s) (include grades)
(Number of) GCSEs including (most relevant including grades in brackets as appropriate)
(Other qualifications gained eg. Key Skills etc)



Employment

Dates

Employer Name, Location
Job title
Explanation (answer the following 3 questions):

  • What did I have to do?
  • What did I gain/get better at (eg. skills/knowledge)?
  • How did I contribute? / What difference did I make?

Dates

Employer Name, Location
Job title
Explanation (answer the following 3 questions):

  • What did I have to do?
  • What did I gain/get better at (eg. skills/knowledge)?
  • How did I contribute? / What difference did I make?



Interests

Describe your interests and hobbies



Referees

Referee One Name, job title, full address including town, county, postcode, telephone number, email


Referee One Name, job title, full address including town, county, postcode, telephone number, email