Writing a cv


What is a CV?

A CV is a document you use to sell yourself to employers.

Every CV you send should be tailored to emphasise the skills and experiences demanded by that particular recruiter (academic CVs). 

Once you have the basic structure of your CV in place you can begin tailoring your CV, job-by-job.


  • Read the job advert and understand what the employer is looking for.
  • Show the employer you have what they want by providing evidence (i.e. facts and examples) from your education, work experience or extracurricular activities.
  • Use clear sections, for example, "Education" and "Work experience" and keep it neat and fornatted consistently.
  • Use bullet points and write in a punchy business-style.
  • Triple check your CV for spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • Most applications allow a CV to be up to two A4 pages but for banking and financial services keep your CV to one A4 page. Edit your content to include only the most relevant details.

What next?

  1. Take a look at our recorded CV workshops for job applications or applying for further study
  2. Do the Moodle CV eLearning course created by our careers consultants. (When in student mode, the link takes you to a top page, not the CV course)
  3. Read our How to Write a CV helpsheet on Moodle
  4. Check to see whether there's an upcoming CV workshop.
  5. Once you have completed a first draft, get your CV checked by us. Book an appointment online with an Application Advisor.  


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