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Getting into university and getting a degree will give you a huge head-start in your career, but getting into university isn’t easy

This guide contains an example University Applicant CV and plenty of tips on how to create your own winning CV, so you can stand out amongst the other candidates and get into the university of your dreams.

Guide contents

CV for University Application example 1

Cv for university application example 2.

  • Structuring and formatting your CV
  • Writing your CV profile
  • Detailing work experience
  • Your education

CV templates 

University Applicant CV-1

Unsure of what your University Applicant CV should look like?

Have a look at the CV example above to get familiar with the structure, layout and format of a professional CV.

As you can see, it provides plenty of relevant information about the applicant but is still very easy to read, and brief – which will please busy university recruiters.

University Applicant CV structure and format

The format and structure of your CV is important because it will determine how easy it is for recruiters and employers to read your CV.

If they can find the information they need quickly, they’ll be happy; but if they struggle, your application could be overlooked.

A simple and logical structure will always create a better reading experience than a complex structure, and with a few simple formatting tricks, you’ll be good to go.

CV structure

Formatting Tips

  • Length: Recruiters will be immediately put off by lengthy CVs – with hundreds of applications to read through, they simply don’t have the time! Grabbing their attention with a short, snappy and highly relevant CV is far more likely to lead to success. Aim for two sides of A4 or less.
  • Readability : Make sure your CV is easy to read and looks professional by applying some simple formatting tricks. Bullet points are great for making large paragraphs more digestible, while formatting your headings with bold or coloured text will help the reader to find the information they need, with speed.
  • Design: It’s generally best to stick to a simple CV design, as funky or elaborate designs rarely add any value to your application. A clear, modern font and a subtle colour scheme work perfectly and allow your skills, experience and achievements to speak for themselves.
  • Avoid photos: Logos, profile photos or other images aren’t necessary and rarely add any value – save the space for written content, instead!

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Structuring your CV

As you write your CV , work to the simple but effective structure below:

  • Name and contact details – Pop them at the top of your CV, so it’s easy for recruiters to contact you.
  • CV profile – Write a snappy overview of what makes you a good fit for the role; discussing your key experience, skills and accomplishments.
  • Core skills section – Add a short but snappy list of your relevant skills and knowledge.
  • Work experience – A list of your relevant work experience, starting with your current role.
  • Education – A summary of your relevant qualifications and professional/vocational training.
  • Hobbies and interests – An optional sections, which you could use to write a short description of any relevant hobbies or interests.

Now I’ll guide you through exactly what you should include in each CV section.

CV Contact Details

Contact details

Tuck your contact details into the corner of your CV, so that they don’t take up too much space. Stick to the basic details, such as:

  • Mobile number
  • Email address – It should sound professional, such as your full name.
  • Location -Just write your rough location, rather than your full address.
  • LinkedIn profile or portfolio URL – If you include these, ensure they’re sleek, professional and up-to-date.

University Applicant CV Profile

Recruiters read through countless applications every day.

If they don’t find what they’re looking for quickly, they’ll simply move onto the next one.

That’s what makes your CV profile (or personal statement , if you’re an entry-level/graduate candidate) so important.

This short and snappy summary sits at the top of your CV, and should give a high-level overview of why you’re a good match for the university.

This way, you can ensure that busy recruiters see your suitability from the outset, and so, feel your CV is worth their time.

CV profile

Tips for creating an impactful CV profile:

  • Keep it brief: It might be tempting to submit a page-long CV profile, but recruiters won’t have the time to read it. To ensure every word gets read, it’s best to include high-level information only; sticking to a length of 3-5 lines.
  • Tailor it: Before writing your CV, make sure to do some research. Figure out exactly what your desired employers are looking for and make sure that you are making those requirements prominent in your CV profile, and throughout.
  • Don’t add an objective: Leave your career objectives or goals out of your profile. You only have limited space to work with, so they’re best suited to your cover letter .
  • Avoid cliches: “Determined team player who always gives 110%” might seem like a good way to fill up your CV profile, but generic phrases like this won’t land you an interview. Recruiters hear them time and time again and have no real reason to believe them. Instead, pack your profile with your hard skills and tangible achievements.

What to include in your University Applicant CV profile?

  • Summary of experience: Recruiters will want to know what type of companies you’ve worked for, industries you have knowledge of, and the type of work you’ve carried out in the past, so give them a summary of this in your profile.
  • Relevant skills: Highlight your skills which are most relevant, to ensure that recruiters see your most in-demand skills as soon as they open your CV.
  • Essential qualifications: Be sure to outline your relevant qualifications, so that anyone reading the CV can instantly see you are qualified for the universities you are applying to.

Quick tip: Your CV is your first impression on recruiters, so it’s vital to avoid spelling and grammar mistakes if you want to appear professional. Use our quick-and-easy CV Builder to add pre-written content that has been crafted by recruitment experts.

Core skills section

In addition to your CV profile, your core skills section provides an easily digestible snapshot of your skills – perfect for grabbing the attention of busy hiring managers.

As University places might receive a huge pile of applications, this is a great way to stand out and show off your suitability for the role.

It should be made up of 2-3 columns of bullet points and be made up of skills that are highly relevant to the universities you are targeting.

CV core skills

Work experience/Career history

Next up is your work experience section, which is normally the longest part of your CV.

Start with your current (or most recent) job and work your way backwards through your experience.

Can’t fit all your roles? Allow more space for your recent career history and shorten down descriptions for your older roles.

Work experience

Structuring your roles

If you don’t pay attention to the structure of your career history section, it could quickly become bulky and overwhelming.

Get in recruiters’ good books by creating a pleasant reading experience, using the 3-step structure below:

Role descriptions

Begin with a summary of your role, detailing what the purpose of your job was, who you reported to and what size of team you were part of (or led).

Key responsibilities

Next, write up a punchy list of your daily duties and responsibilities, using bullet points.

Wherever you can, point out how you put your hard skills and knowledge to use – especially skills which are applicable to your target role.

Key achievements

Finish off by showcasing 1-3 key achievements made within the role.

This could be anything that had a positive effect on your company, clients or customers, such as saving time or money, receiving exemplary feedback or receiving an award.

At the bottom of your CV is your full education section. You can list your formal academic qualifications, such as:

  • GCSE’s

As well as any specific qualifications that are essential to the jobs you are applying for. Note down the name of the qualification, the organisation at which you studied, and the date of completion.

Interests and hobbies

This section is entirely optional, so you’ll have to use your own judgement to figure out if it’s worth including.

If your hobbies and interests could make you appear more suitable for your dream job, then they are definitely worth adding.

Interests which are related to the industry, or hobbies like sports teams or volunteering, which display valuable transferable skills might be worth including.

Writing your University Applicant CV

An interview-winning CV for a University Application needs to be both visually pleasing and packed with targeted content.

Whilst it needs to detail your experience, accomplishments and relevant skills, it also needs to be as clear and easy to read as possible.

Remember to research the role and review the university before applying, so you’re able to match yourself up to the requirements.

If you follow these guidelines and keep motivated in your university search, you should land an interview in no time.

Best of luck with your next application!

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How to Write a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A curriculum vitae, or CV, is more than a resume – it is a detailed look at your career path, including your achievements, publications and awards. A CV should be used when applying for positions in academia or to science- or research-oriented industry jobs. In some European countries such as the UK, a CV is the standard for all types of job applications. (To find out whether a CV is preferred in another country, check the Career Guide for that country on Going Global .)

The principal difference between a resume and a CV is that a CV is typically two or more pages and includes more comprehensive information about a candidate’s research background, presentations, publications, committee memberships and other experience of an academic, clinical, or scientific nature. Resumes are narrower and more tailored, while a CV is more detailed and does not exclude any professional experience.

Step 1: Choose a Format

Select a simple and appealing format for your CV. Avoid borders, colors, images or graphics, as these tend to be difficult for automated Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to read. Our basic formatting suggestions are below.

  • Center name at top of page and make it two font sizes larger than the rest of the text
  • Use a professional-sounding e-mail address that you check often; remove the hyperlink
  • May include both current and permanent addresses , if desired
  • Optional: Include your LinkedIn profile URL
  • Font: Arial, Calibri, Tahoma, Times New Roman (same font throughout)
  • Font size: 10-11 point
  • Margins:   .5 to 1 inch, all sides
  • Page Numbers: In general, CVs tend to be longer than resumes, ranging in length from two to ten pages. Be sure to include your name and page number on each page after the first page.
  • Use consistent formatting for dates throughout (e.g., 2/18, Feb. 2018, February 2018)
  • Consider aligning all dates on the right side of your document
  • Use bullet points to give relevant details and explanation of your experiences
  • Bullet point style and formatting should match throughout
  • Bullet points in a CV typically do not use a period because they are usually not complete sentences
  • Within each section, list information in reverse chronological order (most recent first)
  • Consider using bold and all caps for HEADINGS in the body of your CV
  • Consider using bold for Names of Degrees and Position Titles
  • Consider using italics for Name of Organization, City, and State

Looking for visual examples? Check out these templates for reference:

  • CV Template with a Research Focus (download)
  • CV Template with a Teaching Focus (download)
  • CV Template for Nurse Practitioners (download)

Step 2: Collect and Fill in Information

Make a list of all your teaching experience, research experience, work experience, awards and scholarships, study abroad and training programs, professional associations, publications, presentations, technical skills, languages, education, and certifications. Use exact names for degrees, programs, organizations and titles.

Review the position description and determine the skills and experience the employer is seeking. Order sections of your CV from highest to lowest priority based on position description.

Remember that sections are flexible and can be combined to tell your unique story. Information within each section should be listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent listed first.

Education (required)

  • Generally at the top of your CV
  • Degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) and month/year of graduation, University, and location
  • Major(s), minor(s), and any concentration(s) within your major(s) or minor(s) if applicable
  • Optional: if you’ve completed a thesis, list the title of the thesis and your advisor’s name or committee members’ names
  • Optional: list relevant awards and honors that you earned for academics

Licensure (if applicable)

  • Title of licensure
  • Granting organization
  • Expected date and/or expiration date
  • Optional: include license number

Certifications (if applicable)

  • Title of certificate

Honors, Awards, Fellowships (if applicable)

  • Name of Honor, Award, Fellowship, granting organization, and year
  • Include a brief overview of the honor/award/fellowship

Research or Teaching Interests (if applicable)

  • Share a few of your research or teaching interests, and be prepared to talk about them in future interviews

Experience (required)

If the position focuses on teaching, list your teaching experience first. If the position focuses on research, put your research experience first.

Teaching Experience

  • Always include job title (e.g. lecturer, teaching assistant, instructor, etc.), dates, name of organization, and location
  • Address what you learned and the skills you developed in addition to the tasks/jobs you performed
  • Do not list course numbers
  • Do include what population of students you taught (e.g. undergraduate, graduate), number of students, and the class format (e.g. online, hybrid, or in-person)

Research Experience

  • Always include job title, dates, name of organization, and location
  • Helpful to give a very brief overview of the research project
  • Helpful to give a brief overview of demonstration scientific techniques used and/or advanced technical skills

Clinical Experience

  • List specialization, number of hours, month and year, organization, and location of relevant clinical rotations in reverse chronological order
  • Bullet points should focus on advanced responsibilities and accomplishments you have achieved that are relevant to the position you’re applying for

Work Experience

  • Demonstrate skills gained and accomplishments achieved that are relevant to the position you’re applying for

Publications and Presentations (optional)

  • Depending on the number you have of each, you might want to break this into two sections
  • Important to use consistent formatting (MLA, APA, or other)
  • Helpful to bold your name within the citation
  • List publications and presentations in reverse-chronological order
  • Optional: list articles or papers that are in progress and will likely be published

Institutional Service (optional)

  • Committee(s) service: role, dates, name of organization, name of committee, and location

Community Service (optional)

  • Choose quality over quantity in this section
  • Only include experiences where you developed skills relevant to the position
  • Always include role, dates, name of organization, and location

Professional Membership(s) (optional)

  • List name of organization, years of participation, and any leadership roles

Skills (optional)

  • List specialized and/or technical skills

References (recommended)

  • We recommend listing contact information for three to six individuals
  • Contact Information: Name, Title, Department, Organization, Mailing Address, Email, and Phone Number
  • Ask for each person’s permission prior to listing them as a reference

Step 3: Carefully Review Your CV

Since CVs involve a lot of detail and careful formatting, mistakes are easy to make. Before you consider it final, meticulously review the content and formatting of your CV and search carefully for typographical errors. If possible, have your faculty, principal investigator, advisors, committee members, or career coach conduct a final check. It might help to have a person from your industry look over your CV as well.

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Creating an Undergraduate CV

Your curriculum vitae (CV) is a representation of your scholarly identity and trajectory in your field. 

A CV is used to apply to research roles or other academic positions. It shows your academic credentials and achievements, experience conducting research in your field, and other experience relevant to the opportunity you’re targeting.

Your goal is to convey your interest in the field, as well as the relevant skills and knowledge that will prepare you to excel in the target opportunity.

When might I use a CV as an undergraduate?

You may be asked for a CV when you’re applying to a research position, to a fellowship, or to graduate school in the sciences. If you’re applying to a research position in industry, pay attention to whether they ask for a resume or a CV in their posting, as they may prefer a resume. In your cover letter, you can let them know that a CV is available upon request.

Many faculty may be happy to receive either a resume or a CV from undergrads looking to conduct research with them. Remember that in this case, whichever document you submit should still be tailored toward research in their field! If you haven’t done research before, convey your interest and preparedness by showing the transferable skills and knowledge you’ve built through your coursework and other experiences.

What should my CV look like as an undergraduate?

Unlike your one-page resume, your undergraduate CV can be two pages.

Sections on a CV

The sections on a CV are designed to feature the experiences that academics (like professors or researchers) acquire over time. As an undergrad, the sections on your CV will depend on the experience you’ve had so far—and the professors or researchers interested in hiring undergrads won’t expect you to have graduate-level experience. So, don’t worry if you don’t have information to go in all of these categories!

Start with these mandatory sections:

Contact information.

Include your name, address, phone number, email address, and professional website or profile (if you have one).

Include the degree-granting institution and school, the degree you’re receiving, your major or concentration, and your expected graduation date. If you’re writing a departmental thesis, include the title and the names of your thesis advisers. You can include relevant coursework, which we generally recommend keeping to two lines of text or less.

If you have additional higher education, you can also include it. If you’ve studied abroad, for instance, you can include the institution name, the month and year range you attended, and relevant coursework you took during this program.

Your CV may include some of the following sections: 

Research experience.

Include the name of the lab or department and institution, the position you held, the location, and your dates of involvement. We recommend including a brief description of the project, your role, the primary methods used, and key findings.

Publications

This section includes scholarly publications such as journal articles, book chapters, and published conference proceedings.

Format each bibliographic entry according to your discipline’s style guide, with the article or chapter title, journal name, and publication information. Include authors in publication order, bolding your name.

Include publication status if the piece is not yet published—e.g., in preparation, under review, forthcoming. We recommend listing the DOI if the article has been accepted but does not yet have page numbers.

Presentations

This section showcases scholarly presentations you’ve made, usually at conferences or symposia.

Include the author(s) and title of presentation, the conference or symposium name, and the location and date (or month if a range) of the presentation. Specify the format of the presentation—e.g., poster or oral presentation.

Grants / Awards / Academic Honors

List any academic awards, fellowships, grants, or funding received. In each entry, include the award name, award-granting institution, and year of the award.

If the nature of the award will not be clear based on the award name, you can briefly clarify parenthetically.

Teaching Experience

Include the name of the course and institution, the position you held (e.g., Teaching Assistant, Instructor of Record), the location, and month-year range of the teaching engagement. We encourge you to include a brief description of your role.

Additional Professional Experience

On a CV, you may include recent professional experience that is pertinent to your scholarly trajectory. You can title this section by the job area if helpful—e.g., Additional Engineering Experience, Editorial Experience, Museum Experience.

Include the name of the organization, your job title, and the location and month-year range of the experience. You can include a brief description of your role and accomplishments to highlight relevant transferable skills.

Leadership / Activities / Service / Volunteer Work

Include the organization, your position title, the location, and dates of your involvement. You can include a brief description of your role and accomplishments.

Professional Memberships or Affiliations

List any memberships you maintain to professional organizations in your field. Many scholarly associations have low-cost student memberships.

Certifications

Include any relevant certifications or licensures you hold.

Create categories for your skills, such as languages, technical or computer (software, hardware, coding languages), laboratory, machining, and design. In each category, list the relevant items—e.g., language names, tools, programs. For languages, we recommend indicating your proficiency level. Keep each category to 3 lines maximum.

This includes a list of relevant references, including their name, title, institution, and contact information (phone and/or email).

How should I format my CV?

CVs typically have a much simpler format than resumes. You’ll left-justify the content, use one-inch margins all around, and a size 11 or 12 font. Use bold and italics sparingly, and avoid extra design elements. Include a right-justified header includes your last name and page numbers (#/#).

How should I describe my experiences on my CV?

Typically, undergraduate CVs include short descriptions of your experience that focus on field-related content such as a description of the research project and the methods you used. Remember, your reader is likely another scholar in your discipline who will be able to interpret this technical language. It is more common to display these descriptions in paragraph form, but some people prefer bullet points for clarity.

Learning About CV Conventions in Your Field

Many professors, postdocs, and graduate students post their CVs on their departmental or lab website. Their CVs will be a lot longer than yours—some professors’ CVs run up to 15 pages. You may notice that faculty CVs will be, in most cases, less detailed than your undergraduate one, with fewer descriptions: they may be serving as records of research and teaching conducted, rather than job-search documents. Nevertheless, these CVs can help you understand trends and conventions in your discipline.

Can I see what a CV might look like?

Sure! We’ve created a couple of sample undergraduate CVs for your reference.

  • Sample Undergraduate Science CV
  • Sample Undergraduate Humanities / Social Science CV

Where can I get feedback on my CV?

You can get feedback on your CV from your previous research mentors (faculty, postdocs, grad students), instructors of relevant courses you’ve taken, career counselors , fellowship advisers , or writing consultants .

We recommend always seeking feedback from mentors in your field, as they will be able to offer discipline-specific insights and tips.

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How to write a student CV (with examples)

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How to write a student CV

What to include (intro, links, experiences, skills, references), style and other cv writing tips, for students with no experience in employment, writing a cv for university.

A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a personal document that summarises your experiences and skills. You use it when applying for jobs to show employers why you might be suitable for a role. 

Sometimes you submit a CV on its own, but often you also have to submit a cover letter. The cover letter gives a more in-depth explanation of why someone should hire you. An employer can use your CV to find evidence of the experiences you refer to in your letter. 

There is no one correct way to write a CV. The following advice is a general suggestion for what you can do, informed by feedback from employers and student recruiters. 

How to write a student CV 

Your CV is to show why you would make a great employee. A messy CV may suggest that you'll be a messy worker – take care when writing, so the employer will see you're committed to the role.  

Employers often receive hundreds of applications and usually look at CVs first. Yours should be concise and eye-catching – ideally no longer than two sides of A4 paper. If there's too much information, the employer may lose interest and move on to the next. 

If you can, avoid sending the same CV for all jobs you apply for. Instead, try to tailor them to each employer and role. You can create a master CV with all your experiences and skills and make a new copy to tweak and tailor to the role you're applying for. 

What to include 

Before putting your CV together, start by writing down all your experiences you can think of that may have helped you develop your skills. These could include: 

  • Jobs you've held 
  • Qualifications from GCSE level and above 
  • Other academic achievements 
  • Your hobbies 
  • Teams or societies you've been in 
  • Awards you've received 
  • Events you've been a part of 

You can use this information when planning what to write in each of the following sections. 

Introduction 

At the top of your CV, include your: 

  • Full name 
  • Professional email address 
  • Phone number 
  • General location or current address 
  • Optional: a tagline that summarises you (for example, "Graduate graphic designer") 

If you want, you can include a personal statement. This could be a few sentences that provide an overview of who you are, what you have to offer and your ambitions. A personal statement isn't mandatory; you only need to include it if you think it works well and doesn't take up too much space on the page. 

An example of a personal statement could be: 

Conscientious business student looking to work in customer service during summer. Keen to develop interpersonal, teamwork and organisation skills in a retail environment.

Links and portfolio 

You can include links to your online profiles or work to enhance your CV. This could be your: 

  • LinkedIn profile 
  • Website 
  • Online portfolio 
  • Social media that you use for your work 

Links give the person reviewing your CV further examples of your work. Sharing them is especially useful if you display visual work online. This could be your art, writing, software development or other digital design. 

Experience 

When writing out your employment history , list out the jobs you have worked in reverse-chronological order. You want to include: 

  • Your job title 
  • Name of the company you worked for 
  • How long you were employed there (for example, "Jan 2020 – March 2021") 
  • Primary responsibilities of your role 
  • Any achievements you had in this role, such as being recognised as employee of the month 

This section can include any paid work you've had as well as internships, placements and voluntary work. If one of your less recent experiences is more relevant than your current role, don't be afraid to rearrange your CV to highlight the important bits. 

Next, add your education . Similar to employment information, write about your most recent education first, detailing the: 

  • School, college or university where you studied 
  • Dates you studied there 
  • Subjects you took 
  • Qualifications and grades you achieved (or predicted grades) 

After this, you can write about other relevant experiences , such as: 

  • Clubs, societies, teams or groups you belong to 
  • Extra training you've completed, for example, a first aid course 
  • Starting a website 
  • Achievements like the Duke of Edinburgh award 
  • Completing an enterprise programme 
  • Winning a scholarship 
  • Hobbies like playing an instrument 

With every experience you write about, mention what you achieved during that time and how you developed your skills. 

For example, if you have been captain of a sports team, you could say how you managed the team for a competition and that this helped you build leadership skills. 

If you can't think of any experiences to write about, check out our further advice below . 

Gaps because of Covid-19 

Don't worry if there are some gaps in your employment history due to the pandemic. Most employers are fully aware of how difficult it has been to find secure employment during this time. 

However, if you can, show how you made the most of any time you had out of employment. You could write about: 

  • A course you've taken 
  • Skills gained like learning a language 
  • Any relevant online events you attended 
  • Charity work or helping your community during lockdown 
  • New hobbies you've picked up 

Skills for CV 

When adding skills to your CV, list them in a separate section or write them under each related experience. Try to back them up with examples to clearly show how you have these skills. (Alternatively, you can create a skills-based CV – see below .) 

Your skills should match the job role. What is the employer looking for; what does it say in the job advert? Think about if your experiences have helped you develop these qualities. 

Subject-specific skills 

You may have subject-specific skills that are relevant to the role. For instance, if you study history and apply for a social media position, you could say that your degree has shown you how to be great at sourcing relevant information and writing engaging content. 

Or, if you've used software such as Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel, these computer skills may be attractive to employers recruiting for design or administration roles. 

Transferable skills 

Throughout your education or work experiences, the likelihood is that you have also developed several skills that can apply to numerous job roles. Transferable skills that many employers look for include: 

  • Time management 
  • Teamwork 
  • Leadership 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Communication 
  • Organisation 
  • Working under pressure 
  • Enthusiasm 
  • Customer service 
  • Meeting deadlines 

See our advice below about how to adapt the skills you've gained during your studies for your CV. 

Further relevant skills could be: 

  • Ability to speak other languages 
  • If you have a driving licence 
  • Good level of fitness 
  • DBS check 

References 

Before an employer hires you, they will probably ask for references. This is so they can be sure that they hire the best person for the role. 

You can add the contact details of your 'referees' to your CV. The employer can then phone or email your referees to confirm what you've written and find out more about your experiences. They could check with a previous employer, for example, that you used particular skills in a certain role, or if you were punctual and hard-working. 

You usually only have to provide details of two contacts. Ideally, one should be a previous employer. The other can be an academic contact, such as a teacher. Unfortunately, you cannot choose a personal contact, such as a friend or family member. 

If you don't have any employment history, referees you could use include: 

  • Someone you've volunteered for 
  • A community leader, such as a Scouts leader or sports coach 
  • Your school work experience manager 
  • A mentor or tutor 

Make sure you ask for your referee's permission before adding them to your CV. 

Alternatively, you can write "references available on request" if you want to save space – unless the employer has specified that they want references on your application. 

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There are no rules for the format of your student CV, but it's best to keep it professional and as easy to understand as possible. Aim for: 

  • Simple layout 
  • Clear structure with headings 
  • Short paragraphs and sentences 
  • Key points in bullet lists 
  • Varied and interesting vocabulary (look at the job ad to see the kind of language used) 
  • Minimal use of the word "I" 
  • No spelling mistakes, grammatical errors or typos 
  • Honest writing with little humour and exaggeration 

You can get creative with the design if you think the employer will like it (perhaps if they're a graphic design company). But avoid going over the top as it may distract from the important information. 

CV writing tips 

  • Don't make up information or exaggerate – you may get caught out at the interview stage 
  • If you're an international student, you might want to say if your visa allows you to work part-time in the UK 
  • Rewrite, edit and proofread your CV, take breaks when doing so, and ask someone to check it for you to ensure it makes sense and there are no mistakes 
  • Regularly revisit your CV to make sure it's up to date and relevant to what you're applying for 
  • Use your school, college or university career service for extra support with your CV, even if you're a recent graduate 
  • Avoid putting your photo on your CV, as well as your age, race, religion, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics, to help employers follow anti-discrimination laws

For students with no experience in employment 

Don't worry if you're unsure what to write about on your CV – you'll have gained many skills throughout your studies that are appropriate for a job. Think in depth about the activities you've been involved in during your education. For example: 

  • Have you completed a group project in a science class? Skills you have developed here are communication and working with others 
  • Created your own artwork or piece of music? You have creative skills 
  • Studied French, German or another language? Even if you're not fluent, learning a language shows your commitment 
  • Good at solving mathematical problems? You can think critically 
  • Worked on a piece of coursework or revised for exams? You're adept at time management and organisation 

Think about your hobbies, interests or any other activity you've been involved in. Do you fundraise for charity? Run any long races? Build models? Play an instrument? These show you have enthusiasm, focus and dedication. 

Whatever you're good at or interested in, try and make it applicable to the skills that the employer is looking for. 

Skills-based CV (alternative layout) 

Instead of organising your CV around your experiences, you can highlight your abilities through a skills-based CV. Choose your best skills and write them as subheadings, listing evidence below. For example, if an employer is looking for communication skills, you could organise your experiences as follows: 

Communication   During my degree at university, I was always active in seminar discussions, where I’d carefully explain and debate my thoughts to the wider group  My course involved regular presentations of our work to tutors and the class, which demanded clear and effective verbal communication skills  Through essays and coursework, I honed my written communication skills and can structure arguments coherently on the page  I also enjoyed several group projects where as a team, we’d listen to everyone’s perspectives and ensure everyone felt valued in the group

After categorising each skill, you can then list any relevant employment, volunteering or other experiences below. 

Writing a CV for university 

You don't need a CV to apply for university through UCAS, but you may need it for: 

  • Applying for a scholarship 
  • Grant proposals 
  • University teaching roles 

Whoever is looking through your CV for academic purposes is likely to be looking through many others. So be sure to tailor it for what you're applying to. Make it clearly show your education history, work experiences and achievements.

For more information on applications, see our applying to university guide .

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How to Write Your Degree on Your CV (Examples + 2024 Guide)

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The good news is that your university studies make you highly employable – the magic word employers use to describe someone that they want to employ. It is an indication of your intelligence, self-discipline and determination to succeed in life.

A question you are probably wondering is,

“How should I write my degree on my CV?”

To do justice to all your years of intense studying, it is essential that you effectively showcase your degree on your CV to capture the attention of potential employers.

In this guide, we will explore the best practices and strategies for representing your degree on your CV for maximum impact. From formatting to highlighting relevant achievements, we will provide you with the insights and tips you need to confidently communicate the value of your degree to prospective employers.

By mastering the art of writing your degree on your CV, you can effectively convey your academic accomplishments and secure more job interviews.

Let’s get started!

The Importance of highlighting your degree

Overview of different degree classifications, where to mention a degree on a cv, formatting the degree entry.

  • How to write a first-class honours degree on a cv
  • How to write 2:1 degree on a cv

If you graduated with a 2:2 or 3rd class degree

If you’re still studying, if you dropped out of university, postgraduate degree on a cv, tips for listing a degree on a cv.

If you’re in your 20s or early 30s, your degree will probably form the most important part of your achievements. It represents years of hard work, dedication and academic growth.

Research has shown that graduates have higher employment rates, higher salaries and work in more high-skilled jobs than non-graduates.

Given the importance of your degree, it’s essential that it is properly and effectively highlighted on your CV to make it stand out from the crowd and impress employers.

Not all degrees are awarded with equal significance.

The weighting of the UK undergraduate degrees is derived from the following classifications :

  • First class (1st)
  • Second class upper division (2:1)
  • Second class lower division (2:2)
  • Third class (3rd)
  • Ordinary degree (Pass)

Undergraduate degrees may be awarded with “Honours” (abbreviated in brackets (Hons)). Some, however, may be without honours; these are then referred to as “Ordinary” or “Pass” degrees. A degree with Honours indicates the successful completion of all (or most) of the modules.

If you have been awarded a good degree (1st, 2:1 or even a 2:2 in some cases) with Honours, it is highly recommended to use it as a selling point of your academic achievements by clearly stating your degree classification in full on your CV.

You must list the complete details of your degree in the “Education” section of your CV, which contains an overview of your academic history to date.

Ensure that your most important or most recent qualification is listed first and work your way backwards to the oldest. This format is known as the reverse chronological order.

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You can also make a brief reference to your degree in the personal profile statement of your CV. For example, “ Mechanical engineering graduate with a passion for designing innovative solutions and a drive to contribute to technological advancements.”

When listing your degree on your CV, you need to provide the following details:

  • The type of qualification awarded (e.g. BSc (undergraduate), MEng or PhD (postgraduate));
  • The subject of the qualification (e.g. Business Management, Law, etc.);
  • The name of educational institute that awarded the qualification (e.g. Cambridge University);
  • The start and end dates of the studies (e.g. Sept 2017 – June 2020) and;
  • The degree classification achieved (e.g. 2:1).

This is the minimum information required but it doesn’t tell the employer much about what you studied and learned.

To make your degree entry more meaningful and impactful, you should elaborate on your studies by listing all the relevant and/or significant modules studied, projects undertaken and research interests.

James Reed, Chairman of one of Britain’s biggest recruitment brands Reed, states in The 7-second CV: How to Land the Interview (pg.41) : “Including individual modules isn’t necessary but could increase your chances if they relate to the role you’re applying for – this is a good way to demonstrate your skills and ability to do the job if you don’t have a lot of work history.”

Modules included:

  • Entrepreneurial Theory and Practice
  • Applied Business Intelligence
  • Client Acquisition Theory
  • Enterprise Computing Strategies
  • Professional Aspects of Computing
  • Business Management Principles

Final Year Project (Dissertation):

  • Management Information System to Support Business: Designed a first-class Management Information System to support the day-to-day operations of a local Accounting firm. The system has been deployed and is currently in use to give the firm a strategic competitive advantage.

How to write a first-class honours degree on a CV

If you have achieved a first-class degree, you should be proud of yourself! It is the highest honours degree you can achieve and only about 30% of university students are awarded first-class degrees.

There are several ways in which you can write down this degree classification on your CV:

  • 1st class degree
  • First-class honours degree (recommended for the personal profile statement)
  • 1:1 (recommended in the Education section of your CV )

Personal profile example:

Education section of a CV example:

1st class honours degree on a CV

How to write 2:1 degree on a CV

A 2:1 degree is also known as the Upper Second-Class Honours. As its name suggests, it is the second-highest honours degree you can achieve so it is a great achievement. You should simply write “2:1” to refer to this degree classification on your CV, there is no need to spell out the official name.

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A third-class honours degree: known as a ‘third’ or 3rd, is the lowest honours degree achievable. A level lower than this is an ordinary degree (pass) which isn’t issued with honours.

As these degree classifications are below average, they may harm your chances of securing job interviews. In this case, it is recommended to omit the degree classification when listing it on your CV; simply state the name of your degree without further details.

Similarly, if you graduated with a 2:2 degree, you should consider omitting the degree classification on your CV as many employers only consider candidates with a 2:1 or higher.

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Remember, the goal of your CV is to present a compelling case for why you are the right candidate for the position. Tailor your CV to highlight your strengths and accomplishments and emphasise your value as a potential employee. The fact that you graduated is a strong enough selling point on its own.

It may be that you have not completed your studies yet and still wish to include your degree details on your CV when applying for part-time, casual or summer jobs.

James Reed offers the following advice to university students who are still completing their undergraduate studies: “Include any predicted grades and completion dates and expand on the modules you have covered so far if they’re directly related to the role.” ( The 7-second CV: How to Land the Interview (pg.41) )

Student CV degree example

You would be surprised to know that a large percentage of undergraduate students drop out of their studies before qualifying.

Should they include their unfinished degree on their CVs? The short answer is, only if the course is relevant to the job that they are applying for.

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  • Security and Networks
  • Programming Language
  • Human-Computer Interaction

There could be many reasons why someone might have dropped out of university before graduating but they don’t need to explain this on their CV. If this applies to you, just have a good answer ready in case you’re asked about it in the interview.

If you have gained postgraduate qualifications such as a master’s degree, postgraduate diploma and certificate or PhD, you need to place it at the top of the “Education” section of your CV and provide details of your dissertation, thesis and research interests.

  • Research interests: Ocean Circulation and Climate Change, Biological Indicators of Environmental Change, Models in Environmental Science and Climate Modelling.
  • Dissertation: “Climate Change and Urban Resilience: Exploring Strategies for Climate-Responsive Cities”.
  • As a current student or recent graduate, you probably don’t have much relevant work experience. That is why you should make the most of your degree by mentioning modules you studied, summarising projects and focusing on your achievements at university.
  • If you have a degree, you don’t need to list your GCSEs unless you know that certain GCSEs such as English and Maths are required. You should write your school-level education in a short sentence such as; 10 GCSEs including Maths and English at grades A–C .
  • List all your qualifications in reverse chronological order (newest to oldest). This will ensure that the most important/relevant qualification is seen first by employers when they review your CV.
  • Don’t list outdated, irrelevant and obsolete degrees from decades ago; your CV will draw attention to what you were doing twenty years ago whereas the employer is much more interested in what you have to offer now. Showcase your most up-to-date qualifications, training, skills and experience.

Effectively representing your degree on a CV can significantly enhance your chances of standing out and impressing potential employers. Your degree serves as a testament to your knowledge, expertise and determination to succeed, making it a valuable asset in today’s competitive job market.

By correctly highlighting your degree, you give yourself a competitive edge over candidates who do not possess such high-level qualifications or those that cannot correctly list their hard-earned degrees as strong selling points on their CVs.

Good luck with your job search!

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How to Write a CV (Curriculum Vitae) in 2024 [31+ Examples]

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Research says that on average, recruiters look at CVs for up to 6 seconds - at most!

That sounds a little harsh, right?

You spend days, weeks even, crafting THE picture-perfect CV that represents you in a nutshell - with bells and whistles and all . 

And what does the recruiter do?

They glance it over for a few seconds (again, if lucky), and move on. 

It might sound unfair, exactly how are you supposed to capture someone’s attention in a matter of seconds?

Well, we have an answer.

Are you ready?

It’s long and might be a little time-consuming. And no, there are no shortcuts. 

If you want to perfect your CV, you might have to grease up your elbows, get your reading glasses, and make sure every little detail is polished to perfection. Once you do that though, believe us - it’s going to be worth it. 

After all, that’s a small price to pay for landing the dream job you’ll be looking forward to.

By building a near-perfect CV, you’re essentially investing in yourself, and your future.

How do you do that?

  • Do you need a CV or a Resume - & What’s the Difference?
  • Use the right CV builder
  • Pick the right CV format
  • Get the CV layout right
  • Add your contact information (the right way)
  • Grab the HR manager’s attention with a CV summary or objective
  • Show off your work experience (and stand out)
  • Include relevant skills within your CV
  • Include education within your CV
  • Include other sections
  • Top 3 CV examples
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Let’s take it one step at a time.

Do You Need a CV or a Resume - What’s The Difference?

You might have noticed that when you’re applying for a job, some say to send your CV , while others prefer your resume .

So, what’s the deal? Aren’t they technically the same thing? 

The answer: it depends on where you’re from.

In all of Europe - they are indeed the same thing and can be used interchangeably. If you’re applying for a job that asks for a CV , you should know that it’s the same as a resume .

Now, if you’re from the United States, it’s a bit different.

A resume is a one-page summary of your work experience and background to the job you’re applying to.

A CV , meanwhile, is a longer academic diary that includes all your experience, publications and more.

The main difference is that a resume is about one page (max. two) , whereas the CV can be longer. A resume is used for job hunting in all industries, and the CV is used for jobs and admissions in academia . And finally, the resume is tailored to the specific job you’re applying to, and the CV is a comprehensive overview. 

So, in short, CV vs. Resume - what’s the difference ?

If you’re from Europe - they’re basically the same thing.

If not , a resume is a one-page summary of your work experience and background. And your CV is a longer academic diary that includes all your experience, certificates, and publications.

Simple, right?

Since you’re reading this guide, you probably want to learn how to make a regular, job-search CV. If that’s the case, then you’ve come to the right place.

For this, we recommend going with one of Novoresume’s CV templates .

What, you didn’t think you’d get away with using a simple text editor CV template, did you? 

Nope, to stand out with your CV, you need something much more powerful.

Why Use a CV Builder

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Most people use the default Word templates to create their CVs. The problem with that is that these default templates are often bland and lifeless . You want your CV to stand out, not fit right in with the rest of them.

Your average CV template is also a total pain to work with. Imagine this scenario...

You spend 2+ hours aimlessly trying to make your resume contents fit within the default template layout. And then, when you make one more tiny tweak, the whole thing gets completely messed up.

You start looking for a better CV template online and find one that costs $19.99 or more.

You painfully fork out the money and hope that this CV template is better than the ones you’ve tried so far.

Here’s a spoiler: it’s probably not. Word is for writing an essay in university, not for creating a resume.

Looking for a significantly easier experience?

Novoresume’s CV builder helps you build a 1 page CV for free (with a premium version if you’re looking for the extra push). It comes with plenty of customization, so, even though you work a template, you get to personalize it to your heart's content..

And the icing on the cake?

All of our CV templates are optimized for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).

What does this mean in normal terms, you ask?

Well, it simply means that the CV screening software that the HR manager is using will be able to read your CV for sure , giving you a much better chance to get past the screening process.

How to Format Your CV

Alright, let’s get down to brass tacks. So, what goes into a CV, exactly?

Now, there is no golden rule and not every CV has the same sections. A lot depends on your experience, and where you’re applying to. Though, some parts do stay the same.

  • Contact information
  • CV Summary or objective
  • Work experience
  • Certifications and awards
  • Personal projects
  • Volunteer Experience

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We’re going to cover all of those sections step-by-step. Before we do that, though, let’s discuss how to...

Get The CV Layout Right

The first thing a job recruiter notices about any CV is the layout.

Things like:

  • Is everything easy to find in one glance?
  • Are the colors, fonts , and headings consistent?
  • Is all the information well-organized?

Here are some of the best practices when it comes to getting your CV layout right:

  • Keep it one page in length - You should only go for 2 pages if you’re confident you can’t summarize yourself in 1 page. Don’t waste your precious CV real estate on your life story - no one’s going to read it!
  • Clear and consistent section heading - Keep the colors, font size, headings consistent so that it’s easy on the eyes. We’d recommend using a font that stands out, but not too much. Do use: Ubuntu, Roboto, Overpass, etc. Don’t use: comic sense.
  • White-space - Make sure there are enough margins and space between the text so that the whole thing is easy on the eyes.
  • Keep the details clear - pick the right font size (14-16pt for section titles, 11-12pt for normal text).
  • Finally, save your resume as PDF , as Word might change up your CV formatting.

One last thing you might want to think about is whether your CV is going to be the traditional type or the creative one.

traditional vs modern cv

If you’re pursuing a career in a more traditional industry - legal , banking , finance , etc., you might want to stick to the first one.

If you’re applying to a tech startup though, where imagination and innovation are valued within the company value, you can go for something creative .

How to Add Your Contact Information in a CV (The Right Way)

contact information on a cv

Your contact information is arguably the most important part of your CV. After all, even if you get everything right, it’s not going to matter much if they can’t contact you.

Make sure you triple-check everything in your contact information, word for word, and that it’s up to date. 

  • First name, Last name - the generally preferred format is Name, Last name.
  • Phone number - make sure to include your country code if applying outside your country.
  • Email address - your email should be professional, ideally along the lines of [name][last name]@email.com
  • Title -  your professional title , either your desired job or the one you’re applying for word for word.
  • Location - are you located in the area? Relocating there in a month or two? Or maybe you’re looking for a relocation sponsor?

Aside from the basic contact information, you also might want to consider putting your social media handles - as long as they’re relevant.

For every other social media channel, consider how they reflect your work. For example:

  • LinkedIn - many people ask for a LinkedIn link when applying for a job. As long as your LinkedIn profile is complete and optimized (as it should), feel free to include your LinkedIn URL in your CV.
  • Twitter - in very specific cases (e.g. marketing or journalism position), you could include your Twitter profile if you’re active, have a decent amount of followers and a writing style relevant to the position.
  • Quora - do you have a lot of authority on a specific topic in your field with a decent amount of followers? This can convince the HR manager that you’re really the best expert they can hire.
  • Stack Overflow / Github - only for developers, coders, and computer scientists.
  • Medium - only for freelance writers, bloggers, and so on.
  • Anything else - got a relevant personal website, blog, or a YouTube channel? Use your discretion if it’s relevant.

All clear? Now let’s discuss how to stand out within your CV summary or objective.

How to Grab the HR Manager’s Attention With a CV Summary or Objective

Your CV summary or objective is your attempt at an important first impression. Make sure the language you use is clear, and the HR manager doesn’t have to read it a few times to understand it - because they won’t.

Does it pass the 6-second test?

Your CV summary or objective is your attempt at an elevator pitch with 2-3 sentences. 

As a rule of thumb, if you have more than 2 years of work experience - go for a CV summary .

If not - go for a CV objective .

Let’s break that down.

  • Jobs and years of work experience.
  • Relevant achievements and responsibilities.
  • What you look for, your goal .

With that said, your CV summary might look something like this:

cv summary example

To make your summary memorable, make sure you mention how your previous experience will be beneficial to the current you’re applying for. You should also include the following information:

  • What can you do for them? How can you help?
  • How will your previous experience help fit in the company’s current environment?
  • How can you help them grow while maintaining personal goals?

Now, how to write a CV objective ?

Just like your CV summary , your objective should be 2-3 sentences at most. But instead of describing your work experience, it should focus more on your motivation for applying for the specific job. 

If, for example, you’re a recent college graduate with not a lot of experience under your belt, you might want to opt-in for the CV objective instead. This will explain your motivations as well as what you hope to gain from the position.

To create a killer CV objective, you might want to include:

  • Skills, education, and certificate relevant to the job title .
  • Type of responsibilities to help you will help out with successfully.
  • How you can apply what you’ve learned so far.

Your CV objective might look something like this:

“Hard-working recent college graduate with a B.A. in graphic design from NY State University. Seeking new opportunities, with 3+ years of practical experience with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, creating and designing UX / UI. Looking to grow as a designer, as well as perfect my art at XYZ Studio.”

In a nutshell, summarize the goal of your resume and communicate your motivation for getting into the field.

How to Show Off Your Work Experience (And Stand Out)

Alright, if you’ve made it this far, now it’s time to really show off and sell yourself.

Your work experience is where you get to brag a little, assuming it’s justified and accurate, of course.

This is the MAIN section of your CV and where most HR recruiters jump to when looking at your CV. 

It’s also the deciding factor of whether you’ll get hired or not - no pressure.

So, to perfect your work experience section, the standard format is as follows:

  • Job title/position.
  • Company name, location, description.
  • Achievements and responsibilities.
  • Date employed.

While it may sound straightforward, it can be fairly tricky to sum up your work experience in just a few bullet points. 

Many people simply list their responsibilities next to the position. 

While this is OK, you should always try to write achievements and accomplishments instead.

The HR manager most likely already knows what a business development manager or a sales manager does. You don’t want to seem like the average professional - you want to present yourself as an A-player, someone that shakes the company up (in a good way).

So, you might want to make it clear how you took the company from point A to point B. Here is how a well-written CV work experience looks like:

cv work experience

As you can see, the work experience order is in reverse-chronological order, with the most recent job first. And in terms of the activities, the details are backed up by numbers and percentages. 

It’s much more actionable as well and gives the hiring manager an idea of how you can benefit their company. 

If you want to assure them you’re going to be a right fit, find what skills and responsibilities are listed in the job and, make sure you place them in the relevant sections of your CV. Look for what skills and responsibilities they’re looking for in the job ad, and tailor your CV accordingly.

Look for some soft skills and optional requirements that are listed in the job ad, and if they apply to you - feel free to include those specific keywords.

A bad work experience example would be something like:

  • “Increased customer support satisfaction closing rate”
  • “Generated new leads by cold calling and managed existing clients”
  • “Wrote social media content and increased engagement and reach.”

With that said, in some fields (e.g. cashier in a supermarket), you don't have a lot of wiggle room in terms of achievements. In that case, you can simply stick to your daily responsibilities.

Skills Section on Your CV

Consider your hard and soft skills . 

Hard skills are technical skills that can be measured and are directly related to your tasks.

Soft skills , meanwhile, are learned skills such as your personal attributes (e.g. leadership, communication, etc.).

Usually, job qualifications already include what they’re looking for in terms of skills. For example:

job add skills

As you can see, the skills required for this position include a mix of hard as well as soft skills.

Now, all you’d have to do is tailor your CV to the qualifications list. 

For the hard skills that are backed up by your work experience, you can measure them or give yourself an honest rating, like so:

technical skills on a cv

To write a good skills section though, you also need to include your soft skills, like so: 

soft skills on cv

There’s one other type of skill section that you can list within your CV, and that is universal skills . This includes skills that are fit in the description or requirements of most career fields - such as MS office, teamwork, analytical thinking, and more.

No matter what job you’re applying for, these skills will typically come in handy at some point.

Education Section on Your CV

Another important part is the education section of your CV . 

  • Program name  - e.g. BA in business administration.
  • University name - e.g. NY State University.
  • Year attended - e.g. 08/2008 - 06/2012
  • (Optional) GPA - e.g. 3.9 GPA
  • (Optional) Honors - e.g. Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude
  • (Optional) Academic achievements - e.g. relevant papers you’ve written, courses you’ve excelled in.
  • (Optional) Minor - e.g. Minor in psychology

On paper, your education section might look something like this:

education section on cv

When perfecting your education section, here are a couple of things you should keep in mind:

  • If you don’t have any work experience, mention your education section first.
  • If you have a university degree , don’t mention your high school at all.
  • Mention your GPA only if it’s notable (anything between 3.5-4.0).

The above is a list of categories you’re likely to find on pretty much every CV ever. What goes into them is what matters though. They’re essential and in most cases, they decide whether you’re the right fit or not.

Now, what about the optional sections of your CV?

They can help you show off a bit of your personality. Depending on the job and the person reviewing your CV - this might help you out and tip the scales in your favor.

Here are some of the optional sections that might go on your CV:

Other Sections for CV

The following sections can help you stand out, depending on the company culture and how unique your hobbies are.

For the most part, you’re going to be using your discretion to decide if they’re relevant or not within the bigger picture of your CV. These sections might include:

Certificate and Awards

Include any certifications you have if they’re relevant to the position here.

If you’re a Facebook Blueprint certified marketer - feel free to include that.

If you don’t have a lot of work experience, you can also include any relevant courses or online certifications that show you’ve taken the first step and to show you’re interested (e.g. HubSpot marketing training, Google Certifications, or just about anything you took on Coursera).

Most companies are international nowadays, being bilingual is a great way to stand out and have a competitive advantage.

Even if language skills aren’t necessary to the position, they might come in handy at some point.

When listing your languages, you can categorize them between:

  • Intermediate

It goes without saying that you should be honest here and don’t lie on your language skills - it’s just not worth it .

Hobbies and interest 

This is where you get to reveal a bit of your personality. You can mention something unique here if you want to stand out.

What interests you? What makes you unique as an individual?

To go the extra mile and show your general discipline and commitment , you can include personal achievements within your hobbies.

For example, if you’ve run a marathon (something you should be proud of), you can include that in your hobbies . And who knows, you might have something in common with the HR manager as well.

Personal projects 

Side projects show your passion and dedication. They can help you make up for any lack of experience in a certain field, or display your passion for the job.

If you’re going to include optional sections within your CV, make sure they’re relevant and paint you in a positive light - either professionally or through your personality.

Top 3 CV Examples

If you apply everything we’ve learned so far, you should have a very well-rounded and detailed CV. Congrats, you’re already prepared to take on the world!

If you’ve never seen what a good CV looks like, though, it might seem a bit hard to get started with yours.

These 3 effective CV examples should give you the inspiration you need to get started:

Graduate CV Example

graduate cv example

Academic CV Example

academic cv example

Executive CV Example

executive cv template

Looking for additional resume examples? Check out some of our other listicles:

  • Architect Resume
  • Construction Project Manager Resume
  • Event Planner Resume
  • Graphic Designer Resume
  • Medical Assistant Resume
  • Nurse Resume
  • Research Assistant Resume
  • Stay At Home Mom Resume
  • Waiter Resume

Next Steps in Your Job Search - Cover Letter & Interview

With your CV ready in your hand, you now need to prepare for the next steps in your job search: writing a cover letter and acing the interview.

After all, a CV is only the first part of the job search process. And no matter how good it is, to really land your dream job, your cover letter and interview skills need to be on par as well.

Now, cover the basics of each (and make sure you land that job!)

How to Make a Cover Letter

Essentially, a cover letter is a one-page document that you submit as part of your job application. Its purpose is to introduce you and briefly summarize your professional background in about 250-400 words .

Not sure what to include in your cover letter ?

It’s fairly simple, actually, once you know its purpose.

Think of it this way: Your cover letter is a direct message to the hiring manager. In it, you get to explain why you’re suitable for the application. 

Keep in mind, though, that a cover letter is a supplement to your resume, not a replacement. 

Make sure your cover letter is not repeating information from your CV as well.

  • Introduction - give a brief intro on your work experience, and mention why you're interested in that company specifically. You can also mention some of your 1-2 top professional achievements to leave a first good impression.
  • Qualifications - identify the top 3 requirements for the job ad, and then explain how you'd fulfill each one.
  • Recap - thank the reader for reading your letter and end with a call-to-action. For example, “If you’d like to know more about my experience with Project XYZ, I’d love to chat!”

Here’s what an effective cover letter looks like in practice:

structure of a cover letter

How to Ace Your Interview

If you’ve made it this far - congratulations are in order. But you can’t celebrate just yet. The final gatekeeper standing between you and your dream job is the interview process.

If you hate the interview part, you’re not the only one. After all, explaining your whole work experience while someone is judging you over it is not our idea of fun either.

But there is a silver lining here. Most interviewers ask the same questions. All you have to do is prepare and do your research beforehand.

Common interview questions may include:

  • Why would you like to work here?
  • Why should we choose you?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Sounds cliche?

That may be, but they’re looking to get to know you as an employee as well as what your personality is like to see if you’d fit within their work culture.

So, it’s a good idea to take the time and prepare in advance.

If you want to learn more - check out our Job Interview Questions and Answers guide.

Key Takeaways

At this point, you should feel pretty confident about the whole job-search thing.

The whole process might seem a bit intimidating at first, but now that we broke it down into bite-sized pieces, it should be much easier to understand.

  • The essential information on your CV includes : contact information, CV summary or objective, work experience, education, and skills.
  • Optional sections may include: certifications and awards , languages , hobbies , interests , and any relevant social media channels .
  • Make sure your work experience and results are backed up data or some form of measurable change.
  • Lastly, make sure your CV is tailored to the specific job, your cover letter is relevant and doesn’t repeat your CV , and that you’re prepared for some of the obvious interview questions.

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How to write a CV

A good CV should:

  • Be factual and accurate.
  • Be targeted to the job you're applying for.
  • Be short - ideally no more than 2 pages/sides of A4.
  • Convey an impression of what you'd be like as an employee.
  • Be easy to read, engaging and look professional.

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What to include in a CV

You should include:

  • Your mobile telephone number, address – first part of your postcode or town / city (don’t provide your whole address for data protection reasons) and email address. If you have a LinkedIn profile also provide your URL.
  • Your education and qualifications from school, college, university or vocational.
  • Your work experience (paid or unpaid), with responsibilities and achievements developed in these posts.
  • Your key or transferable skills.
  • Any additional relevant skills, such as language skills or specific IT skills.
  • It’s also useful to include a ‘personal profile’ or short paragraph highlighting your key skills and career aims to catch the eye of your potential employer.

You don’t need to include:

  • Your marital status.
  • Your health status.
  • Your nationality.
  • Your full address details (especially if your CV is publicly accessible for example on job boards).
  • School and university addresses, or examining boards.
  • Minor qualifications unrelated to the post applied for.

Choose the right type of CV

How you present your skills, achievements and ambitions in a CV (curriculum vitae) are key so it’s important to choose the right format for the job you're applying for and your circumstances.

There are 2 main types of CV:

  • A chronological (or traditional) CV, and
  • A skills-based (or functional) CV.

Other types of CV include:

  • First job - non graduate CV.
  • First job - graduate CV, and
  • Unemployed CV.

Chronological CV

This type of CV lists your details, under appropriate headings, starting with the most recent.

This format of CV can suit best if you…

  • Have experience and skills that closely relate to the job you're applying for.
  • Want to emphasise career progression.
  • Have had mainly continuous employment with no gaps.
  • If you want to use this format and have gaps in your work history, give an appropriate reason for them, such as bringing up a family.

Skills-based or functional CV

This type of CV emphasises your skills and personal qualities rather than your employment history.

This format can suit best if you…

  • Are changing career and want to show employers how transferable skills gained in other types of employment will be relevant for the post.
  • Have extensive gaps in your employment history, because they are not as prominent as they would be in a date-listed order in a chronological CV. Be prepared though to explain any gaps at interview.
  • Have had a series of short term paid or voluntary roles; this format enables you to group together related skills and achievements gained from these.

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Other types of CV

While a skills-based CV or chronological CV will be appropriate for many jobs and circumstance, there may be some sectors and jobs where you want to use a combination of these formats or has different requirements.

A hybrid CV is a mix of the chronological and the skills-based/functional CVs. It sticks to the more conventional order of the former but combines an ordered layout with more emphasis on achievements and skills found in the skills-based, rather than on responsibilities.

The hybrid CV can be a good option if you want to draw attention to specific skills or achievements that would help you stand out as a candidate.

Technical CV

Mostly needed for IT roles, the technical CV provides a format for highlighting specific technical skills relevant to the role (eg programming languages, systems, platforms) alongside the all-important ‘softer skills’ that all employers are looking for.

Creative industries CV

With the expansion of digital and creative industries over recent years, CV formats have become more imaginative in these sectors. A highly creative CV format can be suitable for some roles in creative and artistic sectors such as marketing, design or journalism where it could help you stand out from the crowd. In its presentation, it can demonstrate your design skills and creativity in a way that a potential employer can see and feel. Infographics are a popular tool for taking large amounts of information and presenting them in a visually engaging way.

Many employers will be looking to assess your creativity through your portfolio, often at interview stage. However, if practical, you can put elements of your portfolio onto a website and include the web address in your CV. If you do this, make sure your work is structured and indexed, well photographed and highlights the range of your work which is relevant to the role.

However creatively you plan to present your CV, remember that employers will still need to see, at a glance, that you have the criteria they're looking for. Presentation must be balanced with the essential requirement of providing relevant evidence targeted to the role and the employer.

If the career gap you are concerned about was a very long time ago, say 10-15 years, there is no need to for you to worry. The chances are the employer won’t even think about it. Similarly, if the gap is a matter of a few months rather than years, don’t lose sleep over it. The easiest way to avoid these sorts of gaps gaping out at the employer is to only give the years for your employment rather than the months. For example, you could say 2004 – 2012 (rather than May 2004 – February 2012) which would give you some room to cover the gaps. 

No matter how negative you think the reasons are for any gaps in employment, it really is essential that you do not try to hide them by extending the length of time spent in other positions. A lot of jobseekers have a tendency to do this “It’s just a couple of years, no one will know”. Employers are more than likely going to take up references from your previous employers and will be able to find out straight away whether or not you have been dishonest.

Some gaps in your work history are easier to explain than others and the key is really to try and make it sound as positive as possible. Always try to focus on positive points from your career gap, experiences you have gained or the new skills you have learnt. Try to use the gap to your advantage. For instance, if you went travelling to India during your gap year at University, you could say that the experience developed your budgeting skills, independence and awareness of different cultures. Now if you were applying for a job that involves working with people from different ethnic backgrounds, this would be a very useful attribute to highlight on your CV.

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Volunteering

If the gap in your career was due to you doing some voluntary work, make sure you mention this. Working voluntarily at your local youth club or community centre is a great way to showcase what you have been doing whilst you have been out of work. The experience and skills you acquire will definitely be seen as transferable to employed situations, and it will also demonstrate to employers that you are enthusiastic and willing to invest your own time in making a positive contribution to help others and to help yourself.

Self-Employment

Another good example to use is self-employment. If you tried starting up your own business, you can then say that you now have experience of being your own boss. You could point out all the new skills you have gained from sales to budgeting and from marketing to hiring and firing assuming that you had people working for you. Even if the business venture wasn’t successful (don’t mention this negative aspect on your CV) at least you can take a lot of positives from your career gap.

Caring for a family member

The good thing about disclosing the reasons behind a career gap are that you are under no obligation to reveal everything. It is always easier to explain gaps in detail later in interview situations rather than on your CV. Sometimes the bare minimum is sufficient but that’s only true if the reasons you have given are satisfactory and positive. For example:

“A family member was ill and I was responsible for caring for them. Once they recovered I was able to start looking for work.”

This gets straight to the point and thus prevents employers from making both negative and instinctive conclusions about the gap. Not only have you explained what you were doing but you’ve provided reassurance to potential employers that the issue is now completely resolved and that you are fit for work.

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CVs for different scenarios

You may have gaps in your employment history or have information you need to disclose to a prospective employer. These example CVs can provide some tips and advice on how to explain these scenarios.

If you have a gap in your career history

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If you have a criminal record

If you have a disability

Key steps for creating a CV

Aim to create a ‘master’ CV (curriculum vitae) which includes a range of skills, qualities and achievements which you can then tailor and adapt to specific vacancies you're applying for.

A seven-point plan to prepare a winning CV

1. Gather information

Gather together the core information that you’ll need to populate your CV: dates of study and your qualifications, dates of employment, voluntary work and your core contact details.

Choose the most appropriate format of CV for the job you're applying for or your circumstance.

3. Draft a Personal Profile (or Career Summary)

This section is one of the most important aspects of your CV. It’s where you give an overview of who you are and inject a touch of personality. Tailor it to every job you apply for, highlighting specific qualities that match you to the role. Aim to keep your personal statement short and sweet, and no longer than a few sentences. Write in the third person, for example, ‘A natural sciences graduate, with over 10 years’ experience in the environmental conservation sector…’ instead of ‘I am a natural sciences graduate’. 

To make the most of this section, you should try to address the following:

Your key strengths and attributes.

A summary of your experience and brief details of achievements or results relevant to the role.

Your career goals.

4. Use clear and positive language

Avoid general phrases and clichés such as ‘I work well as part of a team and on my own initiative’. Incorporate key words and phrases that appear in the job specification.

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5. Be concise

Organise the content so your CV is no more than two sides of A4. Try to include a brief ‘Personal Profile’ at the start, and make sure your relevant experience and qualifications are prominent. Highlight key information with headings and bullet points. Minimum font size would be Arial 10, Calibri 11 or similar. Sans-serif fonts are easier on the eye.

6. Review and check your CV

Have you given enough prominence to the experience or qualifications that the potential employer is looking for? As a rule the first two thirds of the front page should show how you meet their needs. Check it for accuracy, grammar and spelling. Ask someone who knows you to look over this to review it. If you know someone who works in the same sector, their views could be really valuable.

7. Tailor your content for each job application

Draw on your most relevant skills or experience, giving brief and specific examples that demonstrate your qualities and achievements. Identify how your contribution made a difference and what added value it offered. As a general rule, if the information is not relevant to the needs of the employer as specified in the person specification then do not include it in your application. This is not the entire story of your life, just the parts that are relevant to that employer.

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Create your Europass CV

The Europass CV builder makes it easy to create your CV online. You can use it to apply for a job, education or training opportunities as well as volunteering.

The best-known CV format in Europe

The Europass CV is one of the best-known CV formats in Europe. It is easy-to-use and familiar to employers and education institutions.

You will first have to create your Europass profile with information on your education, training, work experience and skills. After you complete your Europass profile, you can create as many CVs as you want with just a few clicks. Just select which information you want to include, pick your favourite design and Europass will do the rest. 

You can create, store and share CVs in 31 languages . You can download your Europass CV, store it in your Europass Library share it with employers, with  EURES  or other job boards.

How to create a good CV

Remember that your CV is your first opportunity to communicate your skills and experiences to a future employer. It is a snapshot of who you are, your skills, your educational background, work experiences and other achievements.

Present your experience clearly

Highlight examples of your skills and experiences matching the job you are applying for. Pay close attention to the details published in the vacancy notice.

Tailor your CV

Make sure you update the ‘About Me’ section to highlight why you are the best person for the job. Do not include a full detailed history. Focus on facts and main points that match the job you have in mind.

Make it readable

Make sure your CV is easy to read. Use clear and simple language.  Use strong verbs (e.g. ‘managed’, ‘developed’, ‘increased’).

Use reverse chronological order

Always list the most recent experience on the top followed by previous ones. In case of long gaps in working or learning, include an explanation.

Polish and fine-tune

Check for spelling and grammar mistakes, provide a professional e-mail address, and add a professional photograph of yourself.

Your Europass profile

Your Europass profile is the place to keep a record of all your skills, qualifications and experiences. If you keep your Europass profile up-to-date then you will always have all the information you need to create tailored CVs and job applications quickly.

Good luck with your applications!

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This causes you to panic because you have no idea what that is.

In today's job economy, job seekers must ensure they are prepared for any questions a prospective employer may ask them.

Continue reading for everything you need to know about what a CV is and how to write one.

What is a CV?

The term CV, Curriculum Vitae, is a Latin word meaning "course of life."

It is a document containing your academic credentials and previous work experience.

You typically don't require one unless you are applying to graduate school or have completed your master's or doctoral program and are now applying for an academic teaching or research position.

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What is the difference between a CV and a resume?

The key difference between a CV and a resume is that a resume is what you typically use when applying for a standard job application. A CV is used when applying for an academic program or teaching position.

The main point of a CV is to accurately depict any academic and research experience that you have acquired either through schooling, teaching experience or research and to provide this to potential recruiters.

This includes a detailed record of presentations and publications and tends to be longer and more detailed than a standard resume.

It is important to note that some employers use CV and resume interchangeably during job interviews.

This can be confusing, but the general rule of thumb is that if you apply for a position in academia , you will submit a CV.

If you are applying for a job outside of academia, you will provide them with your resume.

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What should you include in your CV?

Now that you know the difference between a CV and a resume, what should you include in your CV?

Continue reading for everything a prospective employer, or a graduate program admissions committee, will look for in your CV.

Your personal information

Much like a typical resume, at the top of your CV, you can include the following contact information:

  • Your full name.
  • Your mailing address.
  • The best phone number to reach you at.
  • Your email address.
  • Your date of birth.

Education section

CVs are mainly used to apply for positions in academia, so this section of your CV is crucial.

In this section, you can list the educational programs you attended, the years you attended them, and the name of the institution where you attended.

You may want to break this information down using bullet points or follow a CV template to make it easy to read.

Some prospective employers may require you to provide more in-depth information, such as your grades for your completed programs.

They then use this information to determine whether your educational background matches the position you are applying for.

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Work experience section

When you add your work history to your CV, you will want to list all your recent work experience and any fellowships or internships you were a part of that relate to the position you are applying for in reverse chronological order.

For each of your previous jobs, you can include:

  • The name of your employer.
  • The specific role you had, including your job title.
  • How long you were employed at that specific job.
  • A detailed job description.
  • A list of any accomplishments or awards your employer awarded you.

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Any awards and honors you received

This is where you would include any awards or honors you have received while gaining professional experience at the academic level or during your previous employment.

These awards and honors may include:

  • Dean awards you were awarded.
  • Honorary degrees you received.
  • Presidential awards you obtained.
  • Professional certifications or awards.
  • Any awards you received from an employer for excellence.

List your relevant skills

If you have acquired a specific set of skills pertinent to the position you are applying for and haven't yet mentioned them in your CV, you can list them here.

These skills may include, but aren't limited to:

  • Language skills (such as being fluent in more than one language).
  • Computer skills you have acquired.
  • Advanced software skills you have obtained.

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Your publications and presentations

If you were in school or working and published any academic or conference papers , you can list them here.

These include any papers that you wrote by yourself or co-wrote with other people as well as any papers that you helped contribute to.

You can include the following information regarding these published papers:

  • The name of the paper that was published.
  • The year it was published.
  • The names of any co-authors, if applicable.

You can also include any papers you have written and presented at a conference or association. Here you may want to include the following:

  • The name of the paper that was presented.
  • The name of the conference that it was presented at.
  • The date the paper was presented.

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Any professional associations you are a member of

If you are a member of any professional associations, you can list those here.

This section is typically only required when you are applying for a position such as an accountant, engineer, surveyor or IT professional.

You can list all the associations you have an affiliation with here, as well as the current status of your membership.

How do you format your CV?

Now that you know what to include in your CV, you must ensure it is appropriately formatted.

Here are some tips and things to remember regarding your CV format.

Build your brand

You want to build your brand and stay consistent throughout your CV.

This is accomplished using the same font and formatting throughout your application for a cohesive feel. This can include:

  • Cover letter.
  • Reference list.
  • Research statement.

Emphasize only when necessary

Make sure only to use all capital letters, bold, underline and italics for the most critical information in your CV.

For example, you might want to bold the names of the schools you attended, especially if they are well-known, impressive institutions. But you wouldn't want to bold the dates you attended as this information isn't as important.

Separation is key

Separating dates from your other content using white space can make it easier for the reader to skim and take in the vital information.

You may even decide to line up all the dates on the right or left-hand side of the page to distinguish the more important parts for the reader.

Related: 13 Must-Have Words to Include In Your Resume | Entrepreneur

Make section headings easy to find

You can bold and use all capital letters to help distinguish your section headings and make them easier to find.

You can also strategically space them to help separate the different sections. This is typically done by entering two returns before a subheading and one return after.

Headers and footers

Having your name in a header or a footer on every page of your CV and other attached documentation is a good idea.

You may also want to include page numbers to ensure the pages don't get mixed up and out of order for the reader.

If you don't want a header or a footer on the first page of your CV, simply select "different first page" in the header/footer menu.

Listing your references

When listing your references, it is a good idea to include them on a separate page at the end of your CV.

You can list them one below the other or in two separate columns depending on the number of references you have and the look you are going for.

What is a personal statement?

Typically, admission committees also require you to provide a brief essay (anywhere from 500 to 2000 words) called a Personal Statement along with your CV. This is also known as a Statement of Interest or Purpose.

This is a crucial part of deciding whether or not you are a good fit for the job or program and also a good judge of your writing capabilities.

In general, what you may want to include in your Personal Statement includes:

  • Your research and professional interests.
  • What your future goals and career plan include.
  • How their workplace or program helps meet these goals.
  • What you will contribute to their organization.

Related: Use Your Personal Brand to Score Big at Job Interviews | Entrepreneur

How do you make your CV stand out?

There are a few things to remember to make your CV stand out from the rest .

Choose the proper format and font

Choosing the proper format and font can make a huge difference. You can't go wrong selecting a font such as Arial or Calibri for your CV.

Choosing a good, clean layout also helps you stand out and get noticed by potential recruiters.

Related: 8 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out From the Pack

Include a list of your soft skills

While a CV typically focuses on your schooling and work experience, list your soft skills to help you stand out.

These soft skills can include:

  • Communication skills.
  • Fast learner.
  • Emotional intelligence.
  • Resilience.
  • Team player.
  • Self-motivated.

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Explain any employment gaps

Did you take a year off of school or work to travel? Or maybe a family member became ill, and you took some time off to care for them.

Don't be afraid to explain why there is a gap in your employment history on your CV, as recruiters will notice this anyways.

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Remove outdated information

Before you start applying for any positions using your CV, ensure all the information on it is accurate and up-to-date.

This means taking off any old jobs irrelevant to the position you are applying for.

What have studies shown regarding CVs?

Studies have shown that a typical recruiter only looks at a CV for seven seconds before deciding whether a candidate is a good fit for the position.

This is why taking the time to make sure your CV is written clearly and professionally can make all the difference.

It has also been shown that 59% of recruiters will immediately reject an application if they find any typos, bad grammar or other spelling mistakes.

Showing you have gained knowledge and experience from your education and work experience can help you stand out. A recruiter wants to see that you have learned a lot and want to expand your knowledge as you move forward.

A recruiter will pay extra attention if you can show that you know the specific industry you are applying in, so always ensure your CV is up-to-date with any pertinent education or work experience.

Attention to detail matters

Whether you are applying for a graduate program or that dream job you have been working so hard for, ensuring you have a clear and concise CV is critical.

Ensuring your CV is formatted correctly, free of grammar and punctuation mistakes and includes all your relevant education and work experience can help you stand out.

Following the suggestions above and double-checking your CV once you have completed it, you may be on your way to landing that dream job.

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A federal resume, as the name implies, is the type of resume you need to make in order to apply for US federal positions.

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Army Civilian Careers invites you to participate in a virtual informational session on federal resume writing, navigating USAJOBS website, including paid internships and fellowships in the federal government. We are a values-based community of nearly 300,000 federal civilian employees, much like those in other U.S. Federal Agencies, e.g., State, NASA, Commerce, Justice, and Education. These are strictly civilian positions.

Applying for employment on USAJOBS can be a challenging process, but we are here to help! In this session we will walk through the application process to include the questionnaire, discuss resume formats, preferences, required documents to include, and how to align your experience with the job qualifications. This class is designed specifically to help you develop your federal resume and address key areas in the job announcement to make you an eligible applicant. In this session we will cover:

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