Your CV is a personal marketing tool, presenting your skills, attributes, experience and qualifications to employers in a way that demonstrates your suitability for a job or opportunity. The advice, examples and links below will help you to put together a professional, graduate-level CV that will impress employers.
Current students can access a short recording entitled Top Tips for CVs via the Careers Network Learn Page CA007.
Your CV needs to be:
- Organised, concise and well presented
- Unique to you, reflecting experiences and skills tailored to your chosen opportunity or role
- Accurate and up-to-date
- CV Framework
- CV Template
- Action words
- CV Grammar and Punctuation
- Applications - commonly misspelt words
- Different ways to articulate skills on CVs
- CV Checklist for Researchers
Careers Network Video
This is probably the most popular style of CV, where you structure your sections in reverse chronological order (most recent first, earliest last). This style of CV helps employers to quickly understand your experience and where you have developed your skills and knowledge matched to the job description.
Skills based CVs are useful for those who have had a gap in their employment or education history, have limited or unrelated experience, or who have had many jobs in a similar field, using the same skills.
This style of CV allows you to dedicate a section to the skills the employer is looking for and provide evidence of how you have demonstrated them.
Certain sectors, such as finance and management consultancy, may ask for a one page CV. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is easier to write than a 2 page CV. It can be a lot harder to select the necessary information, and every sentence must be relevant to the job!
When applying for roles within creative areas, candidates may wish to construct a CV to reflect and showcase their creativity. If you decide this is right for you, make sure the wording and structure is right first before you think about the layout and design. It is also important to check whether the employer in question is happy with receiving this style of CV.
These are used when applying for research based or lecturing roles. Your CV can be longer than 2 pages, but ensure you keep it as concise as possible. The lenience in length allows you to go into more detail about projects, publications, funding and relevant conferences. For more information visit Careers support for doctoral researchers.
CVs for international students
CV examples for international students can be found on our International Students page under Applying for graduate jobs in the UK.