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CV Template

CVs usually follow a generic template that allows employers to quickly check how suitable you are for a vacancy. We have provided some easy to view CV templates which can help you chose an effective layout.

Example CV

CV's are the main form of 'suitability checking' a candidate for employees to quickly assess whether you are suitable for the job or not. The CV is often the first step in the employer getting to know you, so you need to ensure it stands out among the crowd.

There is no exact format to layout your CV, however; we've compiled a generic template to show a basic layout. Formerly known as the 'curriculum vitae', your CV should include your contact details, any qualifications you've achieved and the work experience you've gained.

CV's often include references as well as key skills you have.

Here is a generic CV template you could use:

Any Name

Address: 123 Any Street, Any Town, Any County, Any Postcode
Mobile: 01234 567 890 | Email: anyname@anyhost.co.uk | LinkedIn: Any Name

Professional Title

(include 3 core areas that match role criteria for online optimisation)

Include a 1 -2 sentence profile outline of your background, experience and key qualifications (if relevant); ensure this section is targeted towards your objective role, industry sector and focuses on your career goal; always remember that you have anything from 10-30 seconds to grab the recruiters attention so be relevant, concise and succinct

Areas of Expertise and Key Skills

Highlight 9-12 key words that enforce your background, skills and expertise in direct relation to your career objective; for instance if you are applying to be a project manager then include your methodologies - these are buzz words that will support a more effective online job search and maximise your opportuntiy of showing in online recruiter searches

  • Include 4-6 bullet points to really highlight what skills you offer the role and include substantiated detail - this section must be targeted, again, towards your application role(s)
  • Keep your content succinct but relevant; as a rule of thumb with bullet point usage is to always ensure all points are kept at the same length (1 or 2 lines only but ensure they are presented consistently)
  • Avoid just including a single word for a skill here (Communication) for instance, instead include this detail with an indication of how you use the skill (see bullet point below)
  • Effective communicator with excellent perception, judgement and listening ability to ensure understanding at all levels

Key Achievements

  • Showcase your skills and experience in the form of results attained in your career; maximum of 3 career highlights to outline purpose, delivery and result
  • When including your achievements ensure they are targeted to your current career objective, tangible and quantifable
  • At this point of writing your CV, have you presented you at your very best; at the 30-second mark what has the recruiter learned about you so far and is it enough to keep their attention to read the rest of your CV

Career Summary

  • This area of your CV is where most recruiters like to see role and responsibilities, but essentially they want to see achievements, what results have you produced from applying your skills, strengths and duties
  • Avoid writing your job description; instead use this opportunity to draw the recruiters attention to what you have brought to the role i.e. how you supported development, how you improved systems or productivity
  • Always commence with your current/most recent role and work backwards chronologically; focus your detail on your last 4/5 roles or 10-years; roles over and above this guideline should be listed and not detailed

Education, Qualifications and Training

Include your most recent qualification first and work back in a chronological order. If you are a recent graduate (last 3-years) include your dissertation title and any specific projects worked on

Additional Information

Interests: Only if they have a relevance to your career or application, avoid cliché statements

PC Skills: Outline your IT literacy and include specialist packages if relevant to your career / industry

Languages: Include all languages you know and show proficiency

References - Always close with these being available on request

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