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CV stands for curriculum vitae, which is Latin for 'course of life'. It is a summary of your experience, skills and education.
In the USA and Canada it is known as a résumé - this is the French word for summary.
A standard CV in the UK should be no longer than two sides of A4. Some academic CVs may be longer depending on your experience.
Your CV needs to be packed with relevant information to help an employer make the decision to hire you. It should include:
You should exclude the following information from your CV:
An important point for those posting their CVs online: don't include your home address, as you could be targeted by fraudsters.
You don't have to add a personal profile but it will help your CV stand out.
It must focus on the sector you are applying to, as your cover letter will be job-specific. You should keep it short and snappy - 200 words is the perfect length for a personal profile.
This section of your CV is also known as a personal statement, career summary, career aim or simply a profile.
If you're a recent graduate and don't have much relevant work experience then it will be best to begin with your education. The opposite would apply if you have plenty of relevant experience.
For a template, head to example CVs.
It's not compulsory to include hobbies in your CV, but you may want to mention any that are relevant to the job you're applying for. An example might be volunteering as a sports coach, or learning a language in your spare time.
Generic examples such as reading, going to the cinema, or listening to music are not worth including.
There are many ways to create an exceptional CV, but for a solid foundation, concentrate on four main points:
Never lie on your CV or job application. Not only will you demonstrate your dishonesty to a potential employer, but there can be serious consequences too. For example, altering your degree grade from a 2:2 to a 2:1 is classed as degree fraud and can result in a prison sentence.
You must always inform a potential employer of a gap in your CV to avoid it being misinterpreted. Disclose this information in your cover letter. See cover letters.
You should always include a cover letter unless the employer states otherwise. It will enable you to personalise your application to the job. You can draw attention to a particular part of your CV, disclose a disability or clarify gaps in your work history.
To find out more, visit cover letters.
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