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16 October 2014
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‘CV’ stands for ‘Curriculum Vitae’ (‘story of your life’) and is a brief written account of your career so far. The advantage of a CV is that it contains all the basic information that an employer needs to know about you on a single, easy-to-read sheet.

Once you have written and typed it, you can make as many copies of your CV as you like. This is particularly useful if you want to apply to several different companies at the same time. You can send a copy of your CV when you’re applying for a specific job vacancy or when you’re just writing ‘on the off-chance’.

What information should be on a CV?

  • Personal details – name, address, post code, telephone number, e-mail address (if you’ve got one)
  • Education
  • Qualifications
  • Skills and personal qualities
  • Employment history and experience
  • Any special skills e.g. driving licence
  • Interests, hobbies and achievements
  • Referees

Are there different ‘styles’ of CV?

  • A ‘traditional’ CV lists everything in date order starting with your education and qualifications, followed by your employment history, interests etc.
  • A ‘personal profile’ CV starts with a pen picture of yourself which highlights your skills and experience relevant to the job.

‘Personal profile’ CVs are more modern and fashionable, but ‘traditional’ CVs may be easier for school leavers to write.

Hot tips for writing your CV!

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Example 1 - Traditional CV - School Leaver

Example 2 - Personal Profile CV - Young Job Seeker

Fill in your own CV

It's simple! Click on the links below, fill in with your own details and save the file onto your computer.

Traditional CV template (13kb)

Personal Profile CV template (13kb)

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