‘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)
- Skills and personal qualities
- Employment history and
- Any special skills e.g.
- Interests, hobbies and
Are there different ‘styles’
- 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
Hot tips for writing your CV!
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)