Remember these key points:

  • Your CV should be no more than two pages, printed on good quality A4 white paper
  • Use a cover letter to highlight any relevant experience relating to the job you are applying for
  • Remember your CV is there to get you to the interview - you can go into further detail at that stage
  • Check your spelling and grammar

Contact Details

The CV should have your name at the top, (not the words "Curriculum Vitae"). Immediately below that:

  • Your contact details (telephone, mobile, email, address)
  • A profile sentence summarising your professional self in third-person
  • Follow this if necessary, by a few bullet points highlighting key skills

Work History

This section should proceed in date order, starting with the most recent.

  • List the employer, your job title and dates you worked there
  • Use bullet points, not a long paragraph
  • As you head backwards in time, thin out the details


This section should also proceed in date order, starting with the most recent.

  • Group the qualifications together by establishment or tier, as appropriate
  • Include dates
  • Include any ongoing study or pending examinations


Keep this section succinct but indicate any useful skills not covered elsewhere.

  • Add any team sports or organisations you take part in
  • Mention any positions of responsibility, for example being captain of a team
  • Volunteer work can be included here too

There is a very good section on CV advice on the BCSWomen website