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CV Writing hints and tips

CV stands for curriculum vitae (a Latin phrase meaning 'course of life') and is a document used when applying for jobs. It allows you to summarise your education, skills and relevant work experience to help sell your abilities to potential employers.

Recruiters only spend eight seconds looking at your CV, so you've got to be sure it stands out for all the right reasons

Knowing where to start and what to include in your CV is always daunting.

A CV should be a well edited, concise document. It isn’t the right place for a life story; it should be enough to attract a recruiter's attention ahead of exploration in an interview. Two pages are good, one page is even better!

There isn’t a one size fits all template for a CV. It depends on whether you’re a school leaver or a graduate of if you are someone that has lots of experience. It also depends on the type of job role you are applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a creative job, a single link to a curated portfolio would be a great addition to your CV

For hints and tips on how to write a CV, click on the useful links below from the National Careers Service & Prospects:

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