CVs

 

Your CV is often the first thing an employer will read about you; it is really important to give it the time and attention it deserves in order to showcase all of your abilities and stand out from the competition.​

Getting started

Use our CV Toolkit (.PDF) to start writing your CV. This gives you an introduction into the types of CV you can create and the sections you might want to include.

You can also complete our CV e-module to help you get started.

CV essentials

Here are some of our top tips, covered in our CV Toolkit (PDF), to remember:

  • There is no 'one best way' to write your CV: your CV should be unique to you.
  • Your CV should be no more than two pages.
  • Aim for a font size no smaller than 11pt and keep your font style consistent throughout.
  • Tailor your CV towards the role and company you are applying, demonstrating that you have conducted research and you match their requirements.
  • Consider writing your CV in the third person for a professional touch (avoid "I", "me", "we", etc.)
  • Highlight relevant experience and transferrable skills, proving your suitability for the role.
  • Always provide examples to back up your statements.
  • Think about using bullet points to make it easier for an employer to read and keep it concise.
  • Remember to proof read when you have finished to check for spelling and grammatical errors.

Further information and support

We are here to help if you get stuck or need a member of staff to provide some impartial feedback. Here's how you can get support from us:

  1. Book an appointment with a member of staff. They can review your CV and make suggestions on how to improve it.
  2. Ask a question on CareerHub. Ideal for students and graduates who cannot get to an appointment in person. We aim to respond within three working days.