Preparing a CV

What is a CV?

It's nothing more than one or two nicely set out pages of A4 size paper, which you use to tell an employer about yourself and your skills.

It needs to be easy to read, so keep it simple.  For more help download our leaflet preparing a CV.

The Golden Rules of CV writing

  • Get together the details of your education, work history and anything else you need
  • Use a computer to produce a CV, don't handwrite it
  • Use a simple font like Arial or Times New Roman, between 10 and 12 pt
  • Keep it short - two sides of A4 maximum, one side if possible
  • Don't use exactly the same CV every time. Be prepared to make little changes depending on the job you're applying for
  • Always check it before you send it

What to put in a CV

  • Full name, address, postcode and phone number
  • Date of birth
  • You can include a couple of sentences about yourself (look at Selling Yourself for tips)
  • Education: most recent school/college first
  • Current course (the subjects and exams you are taking)
  • Work history: most recent first, not forgetting part-time jobs, voluntary work or work experience
  • Any qualifications you have achieved from school and/or work
  • Include any other skills or interests you have, particularly if they are useful for that job
  • Names and addresses of two people who will give you a reference. Remember to ask them first!