Type your CV in MS Word (or similar), no more than 2 sides of A4.
If you are posting your CV or delivering it in person, print on plain white copier paper. If you don't have access to a computer, get a friend to print it off for you
Use bold and italic typefaces for important information.
The upper middle section of the first page tends to get the most attention - put your most essential information there.
What is a CV?
n. pl. curricula vitae Abbr. CV
A summary of one's education, professional history, and job qualifications, as for a prospective employer.
When Should a CV be Used?
- When a prospective employer requests it
- When a prospective employer states "apply to.." without stating a format
- When sending a speculative application (ie, when no job has been advertised)
What Makes a Good CV?
- Carefully targeted to the specific role
- Clear lay-out, easy to read, logically ordered
- Informative and concise (bullet points may help)
- Accurate content, spelling and grammar (remember SPAG?)
Click here to download our sample CV for our fictional radio hopeful, Rebecca Radioville, who is looking to gain entry-level experience.
Not Heard Back? Don't Get Disheartened...
Research by forum3 (recruitment and volunteering for the not-for-profit sector) suggested:
- The average graduate will send out about 70 CVs when looking for their first graduate job. Of these, the average number of responses is seven: roughly half of this number are likely to be interview invitations. This means that Graduates sent out approximately 25 letters per interview gained.
What Can I do to Increase My Chances?
- Send out more CVs: the more you send, the more interviews you will get.
- Include a covering letter: applicants who included a covering letter with their CV are 10% more likely to get a reply.
- Make sure you send it to the right person: 60% of CVs are mailed to the wrong person. Applicants who addressed their application to the correct named person were 15% more likely to get a letter of acknowledgement and 5% more likely to get an interview
- Check your spelling! Applicants sending CVs and letters without spelling mistakes are 61% more likely to get a reply and 26% more likely to get an interview. And make sure you set your spell checker to UK English, and proof-read thoroughly.
- Other turn-offs include:
- misspelling the name of the company or the addressee,
- not having a reply address on the CV
- trying to be amusing.
For what NOT to put in a cv, see Unicorn Jobs cv page.
This page owes alot to the University of Kent's career advice website.