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Lay-out Tips

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?

curriculum vi┬Ětae

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?)

Sample CV

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.