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Curriculum Vitae/résumé writing tips
How you describe your past can affect your future
When you complete your application form, you’ll also need to upload your curriculum vitae (a record of your personal, education and work history). As this is such an important part of your application, you might like to read these CV-writing tips to help you present yourself in the best possible light.
- Your CV should be as up to date as possible.
- Try to restrict the length to two pages and keep the layout simple.
- Use headings like ‘Education’ and ‘Career History’ to highlight the different sections.
- Don't just make general statements about your qualities – support them with evidence.
- Try to link your skills and experience to the requirements of the job you’re applying for.
A good CV will include:
Keep this section brief - your full name, address, email address and phone number are important.
List these in reverse chronological order with your most recent experiences first. Include the name of the institutions, the dates you were there and the qualifications you obtained/will obtain. You may want to list the relevant modules, the projects and dissertations you undertook, the grades you achieved and the skills you developed.
Career history / professional experience
Whether they’re paid, voluntary or shadowing, all experiences count. State these in reverse chronological order with dates to show how long you were there. Mention your achievements and highlight the skills you used or developed.
Positions of responsibility/other achievements/outside interests
Including this information will show that you’re motivated to pursue activities relating to your career and that you take the initiative to develop your skills. Focus on recent examples, describing what you contributed and learnt.
Remember – your CV is a platform to demonstrate your key strengths and achievements and a key step in our application process.