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How to write a great CV

Writing the perfect CV can seem like an impossible task. What do you include? How much do you write? Worried you’ve left some crucial details out? Fear not – we have a list of everything you need to include in a CV to ensure success.  

So… What is a CV?

A Curriculum Vitae, also known as a CV, is a short-written description you send to an employer when you are trying to get a job.

A CV provides you with an opportunity to summarise what you have done with your life so far. It’s a good idea to spend some time crafting the perfect CV to ensure you wow the employer. Also – remember to keep it up to date!

What do I include in a CV?

Relevant experience

If you’re applying for a job in dentistry, you probably don’t need to include that three-month temp job you did in a supermarket at uni on your CV. Always make sure any work experience is up-to-date and relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Skills and qualifications

If you’re worried you don’t have the right skills for the job, include transferable ones. These are skills that have been acquired in one setting but can be used in many different sorts of businesses. This can be anything from management experience to writing and comprehension skills. Obviously include any job-related skills too. Also, remember to include qualifications.

Personal statement

Start with a sentence about yourself including education and career goals. Explain any relevant skills you have gained from work, education or hobbies. Remember, this is a short paragraph at the start of your CV, so don’t waffle!


It might be an idea to include an interests and hobbies section. This gives you the chance to add a little personality so the employer can get a taste for what you are like as a person.


A referee is someone who gives an unbiased character reference to support your application. This can be a former employer, a teacher or advisor – however, steer clear of using family members as a reference. In your CV, include a reference section and state their details will be made available on request.

Don’t leave gaps

If you’ve been on a gap year or took time out for illness - whatever your reason - don’t leave big gaps unexplained in your CV. If you went travelling, include the dates and any skills/attributes the experience gave you.

Tailor to the job role

Customise your CV for each job you apply for. Sending a generic CV to multiple employers won’t catch their eye. Be specific and you’re bound to stand out.

Double check

It doesn’t look good if there are errors in your CV. Spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, conflicting dates or wrong contact details certainly won’t impress an employer. Go through and proofread everything you’ve written to be 100% sure it’s correct.                         


And there you have it – the perfect CV!

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