This article will explain what a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is and provide some basic tips for writing a CV. It will also tell you where you can find further help and guidance with CVs.

A CV is a brief summary of your achievements and skills and is sent to recruiters when applying for jobs, training places and, occasionally, courses of study. The Career and Employability Service is here to help you with all aspects of applying for jobs, including help with your CV.


What do I include on my CV?

There is no such thing as the perfect CV! There are no set rules about CV writing and the structure and format can vary significantly depending on the purpose. Below is a list of pointers to get you started, but there are different types of CVs.

  • Two sides of A4 are currently considered the right length for a chronological CV.

  • Contact details at the top of the CV should be brief and printed across the top to save space.

  • You can start your CV with a brief profile or objective - just a few lines, highlighting key information that will be of interest to the reader. Think of it as being like a newspaper headline or a ‘sound bite,’ designed to capture interest at the start!

  • Make the first page your 'power page' – get all the relevant information in this space, such as placing your relevant work experience on page one and other experience on page two.

  • Avoid the use of the pronoun ‘I’ – this helps you get to the point more quickly.

  • It is essential to take time to check spelling and grammar and check your layout to ensure your style and format is consistent throughout.

  • Some employers electronically scan CVs and applications to check for keywords so target each and every application and use terminology which is relevant to the vacancy.


Do you have example CVs?

The Career and Employability Service has written and developed a range of example CVs to give you an idea about the layout and important things to include for specific sectors. You can find the CV examples on the Careers and Employability Service website.


Where can I get my CV reviewed?

Bookable one-to-one appointments with a professional careers adviser are available for tailored in-depth advice. You can either email via or a selection of appointments are available to book online.


How can I get in contact for more information and advice?

The Careers and Employability Service has a dedicated team of friendly, experienced advisers on hand to talk to you. You can find out more about the support available from the Careers and Employability Service, access a wide range of information and advice and find out how to contact us by visiting our website at


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