Humanities/English/Arts CV


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Dan Brown     

22 Temple Road, Folkestone, Kent CT17 3YU

Email: Mobile: 0339005678 Tel: 0167534768


I am a motivated, adaptable and responsible graduate seeking an entry-level position in public relations which will utilise the organisational and communication skills developed during university.

My reliability, communication skills, responsibility and friendly nature are assets I would bring to the work. I have experience in project management and strong organisational and administrative skills with the ability to work independently and use my own initiative. I also have the ability to prioritise whilst under pressure meeting tight deadlines.


A large font size for the name makes it stand out and easier to find in a pile of CVs

Use a sensible email address. Something like may not make the best impression!

A profile or career objective isn't essential as much of this information would be included in a covering letter. You can also call this a career aim, profile or personal statement. Profiles work best on CVs with a lot of competition for jobs such as advertising, PR and the media where a well written profile can catch the attention of a busy recruiter.


2013-2016 THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT BA (Hons) English and Comparative Literary Studies. Upper Second Class 2:1


As most Humanities degrees are non-vocational, you don't need to list all your modules unless applying for a job such as teaching, where they would be of interest. It may be worth adding some modules that demonstrate relevant skills - for example creative writing could be of value for journalism and similar jobs. You can add your module marks here if they are good!

Subtle use of bold or italics can draw the eye to key points.

Dissertations are important: you can sell the skills you have gained:

Modules included:

  • Creative writing: individual writing project 68%.
  • Travel Writing 66%


Completed an independent dissertation on Dickens. With only a weekly tutorial to supervise my dissertation I had to be extremely self-motivated. I set my own deadlines and targets, and became confident in taking direction from my tutors while developing their advice, though my own initiative, into new areas of study that would be useful in my work. I gained excellent experience in the research, organization and presentation of a complex subject and attained first class marks.

I was also called upon during the course to give seminar presentations as part of a team. This required the careful structuring and organization of ideas into a PowerPoint presentation. My forward planning was vital for progressive and well paced delivery and this enabled me to develop excellent communication skills as well as developing a good working relationship within a team.


2006-2013 Folkestone High School

A-levels: English Literature: B, Classical Civilisations : B Theology: B

GCSE’s: 8 including Maths, ICT, French and Business at grades A to C


Mentions some GCSE subjects which might have value in a working environment.


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September 2013-February 2014 Sales Adviser in the Cookware Department, BHS.

Weekend Sales Assistant, where my responsibilities included customer service, stock control, cash handling and opening store accounts. This work involved me in advising and assisting customers, coping with problems and unexpected situations and taking responsibility for cashing the tills at the end of the day.

Summer 2013 Aviva Insurance, Folkestone, Kent

Interacted with managers and liaised with team members. Typical duties included composition of letters, organising presentations and liaising with clients. I learnt how to create, manage and update computer databases and files more efficiently. I also increased my problem solving skills and time management when under pressure.

Volunteer Work: I worked for the Folkestone Gazette where my role included telephoning members of the public to chase up stories, writing up articles and interviewing people.

Other jobs have also included: working in a pub, sometimes under pressure in a busy team and dealing tactfully with occasionally difficult customers and assisting teachers at a primary school.


Fonts are largely down to personal preference, but choose something clear and easy to read. My own preference is for the "Sans" fonts. Lucida Sans or Verdana in 10 points for the body text is a good choice (don't use Comic Sans!). This CV is set in Verdana. Subheadings such as Education and Work Experience can be slightly larger: say 12 or 14 points.

Transferable skills are mentioned here. For example teamworking skills and communication skills. This is a good place to use Action Words

If you have done a lot of jobs, you can summarise the more routine jobs, rather than filling your CV with lots of irrelevant information.

All of my work experiences have involved working within a team-based culture. This involved planning, organisation, co-ordination and commitment e.g., in retail, this ensured daily sales targets were met, a fair distribution of tasks and effective communication amongst all staff members.

  A nice summary of skills obtained via work experience,


Planning and Organisation
  • My biggest test of organisation was completing my dissertation. It took me months of in-depth research, compressing information and finally displaying it to a standard I was happy with. I was extremely proud when it was graded a 1st.
  • Whilst working as a retail supervisor level I was in charge of organising a team of 10 employees on their daily tasks and duties, and ensuring these were performed with quality.
Persuading and Influencing
  • Working on the Kent Fashion Show I liaised with many high street retailers and used my persuasive skills to encourage them to release clothing lines to the show.
  • During copious seminars throughout my three years at university I gained experience in discussing and debating various topics and persuading others to make a transition to my way of thinking.
Computing skills
  • I completed the ECDL course and am now proficient in all aspects of Microsoft Windows and Office including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. I attended an evening course in QuarkXpress using an Apple PC and am able to type at 60wpm.

Again more evidence of relevant skills, focusing on some of the core competencies needed in jobs.

Different jobs will require different skills, so have different CVs for different types of job. For example, marketing advertising and PR will require strong persuading and negotiating skills whereas a job in computing would focus more on problem solving and logical analysis.


Computing skills are important to mention: be specific about which programs you have used.


  • Full, clean driving licence.
  • Able to speak some French and currently teaching myself spoken Japanese.
  • University of Kent Fashion Show. Established contacts with many high street retailers. Dealt closely with store managers and arranged clothing collection lines available to the fashion show.
  • I travelled independently through Australia,and Malaysia. I spent one year raising funds and organised the trip with three friends. The experience taught me how to use my initiative and be a team-player, how to be self-sufficient, how to handle a large budget and to cope with unexpected situations.
  • CSLA Award Scheme. This involved planning and teaching children sporting exercises for a set number of hours each week.
  • A keen writer for the university magazine. As editor of the Student Union & Societies section I was responsible for liaising with the Sabbatical Officers to establish what information needed to be relayed to the student body. 



Good use of Action Words here!

Try to show a broad variety of interests and focus more on social and active rather than solitary and passive interests. Serious commitment to at least one activity can be viewed favourably, as will evidence of getting on well with other people e.g. in team sports. Independent or challenging holidays or foreign travel can also look good.

Again, sell your transferable skills here: evidence of leadership, responsibility, and communicating.

K.J. Rowling
School of English
University of Kent
Canterbury, CT2 7NF

C.S.I. Hackett,
High Street
CT17 5RU
  Normally you would give one academic referee (tutor or project supervisor) and one employment referee. See our references page


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