What is the purpose of a CV?
• For applicants…..
• Record of qualifications, skills and experiences
• Demonstrates both suitability and potential for the job/ sector
• To get an interview
• For employers…
• To initially weed out unsuitable candidates
• To select suitable applicants
Who is going to read your CV?
Understand what the employer is looking for
What is different about being a postgraduate?
Employers want work related skills-
communication, teamwork, organisation,
problem solving, specialist skills
Different types of CVs
• Skills based/targeted/functional
• Different – to attract attention
What do you include in your CV?
•Work Experience – paid and unpaid
•Interests – what else do you do?
•Additional skills – languages, IT literacy
The Selection Panel looks for detailed evidence of:
•Plus what added value you can bring to the field,
institution, department or subject group
Writing Style/ Layout
• Active Language
• Accurate grammar and spelling
• Logically ordered, easy to read and not cramped
• Bullet points, underlining, bold
Accompany your CV and should:
• Make an impact,
• Highlight your suitability and motivation for the job
• Encourage the employer to want to read the rest of your application
Usually 1 side of A4 for most employers, academic roles can be longer,
ideally key 4 points:
• Why writing
• Why you
• Why them
• What next
The Careers & Employability Centre
Ground Floor / The Library
• Come along to events –
• Careers Advisers appointments daily
Call on 01273 678429