Section 1: Contact Details.

Include your full name, home address, contact number and email address.

Section 2: Personal Statement

This is your opportunity to sell yourself, but keep it brief! Sum up who you are and the most relevant skills which make you right for the role in no more than 200 words. You will have plenty of opportunities to details your achievements in the main body of the CV. Don’t forget to spell-check carefully and perhaps get a friend to proof-read.

Section 3: Work Experience

In this section you must give a detailed chronological account of the work you have carried out during your career to date, detailing your responsibilities and backing this up with practical experience. It is crucial to demonstrate your knowledge and we recommend that you highlight at least three key achievements for each of your previous posts and if you can back up your record with facts and figures, so much the better. As a general rule, CVs should be limited to two pages, but if you require more space to properly document your responsibilities, then take it.

For example:

[Company Name], [Job Title] [Location] [Date M/Y- Date M/Y]

Responsibilities:

Describe a particular project you have worked on and show clearly how you contributed to its success.

Demonstrate how you developed a programme or project from inception to execution.

Set out how well you worked with others to ensure the project was finished on time and on budget, highlighting your responsibilities.

Achievements:

Implemented [change] which resulted in [benefit] – add as many as you can to show off your skills.

Received an [award name] for [reason].

Section 4: Education

It is especially important when you’re just starting out in your career to emphasise your educational achievements and highlight your academic strengths early in your CV. Be clear with your grading, and emphasise any specific topics studied.

Degree:

  • [Subject] – [Grade]

[College/School Name]

[Date M/Y– Date M/Y]

A-levels:

  • [Subject] – [Grade]
  • [Subject] – [Grade]
  • [Subject] – [Grade]

[College/School Name]

[Date M/Y– Date M/Y]

GCSEs:

  • [Number] GCSEs, grades [range], including maths and English

Section 5: Interests

Be careful if you decide to include details of your hobbies. It is a chance to show of your character and personality, but it is still important to bear in mind how your interests might be relevant to the role you are trying to win. If your interests don’t relate and add to your attractiveness as an applicant, it may be better to leave out this section.

E.g.

I run a weekly [hobby] club and also act as treasurer, controlling subscriptions and banking.

Therefore I undertook a [course] in order to improve my [skill].

Section 6: References

References are available upon request.