Careers and Employability Service

CV and Covering Letters


What should a CV include?

A Curriculum Vitae (meaning the course of one's life) is an outline of a person's educational and professional history, usually prepared for job applications. Another name for a CV is a résumé.

A CV conveys your personal details in the way that presents you in the best possible light. Your CV is a marketing document in which you are marketing something: yourself! You need to "sell" your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to employers.

There is no one best way to construct a CV; it is your document and can be structured as you wish. It can be on paper, online or even on a T-shirt!

Every CV should include the following sections:

There are additional sections that you could also decide to include:

Some subjects may suit a portfolio, see this page for further details.



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Last Updated: 11/04/2019