Free CV Writing Tips: How to Write a CV That Wins You More Job Interviews in the UK & Worldwide
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How to Write a CV
In our how to write a CV articles (listed below), you'll learn about writing a CV for a number of different circumstances.
If you've been working for a number of years then you'll probably need a performance CV or an executive CV. Students and very recent graduates should look at our CV tips for Student / Graduate CVs.
- How to write a performance CV that wins you more interviews. You'll learn how to focus on what matters to an employer and how to layout your CV and what sections you may need to include.
- Executive CV: How to write a powerful executive CV that impresses employers and ensures they'll want to interview you. What should you include and what you should leave off.
- How to write a student / graduate CV that makes graduate or school leaver employers want to invite you for a job interview. Find out what employers want to know about graduates and school leavers.
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Examples of How to Write a CV for the UK and Worldwide
On our CV writing tips pages, as well as telling you about writing a CV, we have also included actual examples of CVs, which closely match our how to write a CV guides above.
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You'll be able to view CVs for people at all stages of their career, from a graduate writing a CV for their very first job to a mid-career change and an executive seeking a senior director level position.
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- Example performance CV that matches our how to write a performance CV article above and demonstrates how you should layout your CV and what you should include.
- Example student CV which shows you how to set out a student CV for your first 'proper' job application. The CV format for a student is a little different from our performance CV.
- Example graduate CV that illustrates how a recent graduate should layout their CV for graduate employers. The CV layout for graduates differs slightly from the performance CV.
More CV Writing Tips
In addition to our how to write a CV guides above, you should also take a look our other CV tips, as these also provide expert advice on writing a CV. These CV writing tips, include looking at why your CV may be rejected, plus what information you should write about on your CV and what you should leave off.
- Business Analyst CV: Find out how to write an excellent Business Analyst CV, including what to write in your Profile and Career History sections so you'll get more interviews.
- Managing Director CV: Discover how to produce an outstanding Managing Director CV. Learn what to put in your Profile, Career History and Education sections and ensure you get plenty of job interviews.
- Sales Manager CV: Do you need to create a first-class sales management CV? Find out how to produce impressive achievements that will persuade employers and recruiters to interview you immediately.
- Marketing Manager CV: How to ensure that your marketing CV gets you the instant attention you want when you apply for jobs, securing you the interviews and job offers you dream of.
- Why are CVs rejected? This article tells you the reasons that both employers and recruitment agencies reject CVs and what you need to do to your CV to eliminate these mistakes.
- What information will you need? Find out exactly what information you will need to include in your own CV to make employers take notice of your CV and invite you to job interviews.
- What should you leave off your CV? Learn what things you shouldn't include on your CV, which may stop an employer from wanting to interview you.
When you write a CV, you also need to carefully think about which CV format to select. If you get it wrong, then this can really harm your chances of getting interviews.
- Our selecting a CV format article will help you decide on the most appropriate format / layout that will ensure that your CV is read by employers and recruitment agencies.
Other CV Tips on Writing a CV
Our general CV writing tips articles lists some important do's and don'ts, whilst the word-processing and printing article gives you some basic CV tips on what to do.
- General CV writing tips include some general advice on CV writing that can help you with some specific questions that you might have been thinking about.
- Word-processing and printing: What considerations do you need to think about when it comes to word-processing your CV? If you need to print out your CV what paper should you use?
As well as thinking about how to write a CV, you also need to give some thought to writing a cover letter. This is almost as important as writing a CV, because a cover letter needs to get across to an employer why they must read your CV.
- Cover letters: How to write the perfect cover letter that will 'warm-up' an employer or recruiter and make them really want to read your CV and interview you.
Writing a CV Using Unconventional Layouts
When you read the how to write a CV guides below, please note that functional CVs, targeted CVs and alternative CV formats aren't generally recommended, as employers generally dislike this type of CV layout. We have included them on our CV tips pages for completeness, but please use them with extreme caution.
- How to write a functional CV. Functional CVs were often used in the past for school / university leavers or for people who were seeking to change careers.
- How to write a targeted CV. Targeted CVs as their name implies were used to target a very specific job and again they were often used by people who wanted to change career direction.
- The alternative CV: who can use an alternative CV format and what are the advantages and disadvantages if you do decide to use an alternative CV yourself.
In our CV tips above, we advised caution when using either a functional CV or a targeted CV. They are included below, as it's important to show when writing a CV that there are other CV formats that you can use.
- Example functional CV showing you how to layout your career based on the specific 'functions' that you've performed in both your paid and voluntary work experience.
- Example targeted CV that illustrates how you can set out your CV in a way that is specifically targeted at a particular job that you very much want to apply for.
Once you're read all our how to write a CV and CV writing tips articles, you might be thinking about CV distribution, where you can send out your CV to 1000's of recruiters and employers in one go:
- CV distribution can be a short-cut to finding a new job quickly if you are looking for a job where both employers and recruiters tend to mine CV databases.