Coronavirus Recovery: advice and latest information

How long should a CV be?

A standard CV is two full pages of A4.  For more ideas on maximising space and formatting see here: 

How to format your CV

What information should I put on my CV?

Look to include the following information on your CV-

  • Contact details:  Make sure your contact details are clear, up to date and professional.
  • Qualifications & education:  Don't forget to include a summary of your current degree.
  • Work experience:  Include work experience, starting with your most recent.
  • Voluntary experience:  Include any voluntary work, starting with your most recent.
  • Achievements:  If you have special achievements you can include a section on these.

How do I arrange my education history and qualifications?

Write your CV in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent qualifications or current qualifications first.

Should I include academic or extra curricular achievements on my CV?

Definitely, as such achievements as prefect, sports captain, a role in a society or Duke of Edinburgh Award may show leadership skills and involvement in extra curricular activities are well received by employers.  

Should I include a cover letter?

Use a covering letter if you have specifically tailored it for the role or organisation where you are applying.  Avoid using a generic covering letter as it looks as though you have not put much effort in.  Use the covering letter to clearly outline your skills and experience that might be applicable for the role.  

How do I arrange my education and qualifications?

Write your CV in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent qualifications or current qualifications first.

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Examples of good and bad CVs:

Good Computer Science CV

Bad Computer Science CV

Good Bioscience CV

Bad Bioscience CV

Good Maths CV

Bad Maths CV

Good Physics CV

Bad Physics CV

Good Geography CV

Bad Geography CV