Like any other documents, some CVs are great, some are good, and others are outright dreadful. This article will go through EACH section of the standard UK CV step-by-step and show the good (and the bad!) examples of how to write (or not to write!) a CV.
This article is a little lengthy, but it’s well worth the time to read it!
Address: 66 Hendford Hill, Mouldsworth, WA6 8DE, United Kingdom
DoB: 27 February 1985
Marital status: Single
57 Outlands Road, Dingley, LE16 9SJ
Mob: 079 3316 8158
I am a hard-working individual who enjoys working. I am excellent at meeting deadlines. I have two years of experience in business, and I would like to contribute to a business with my excellent skills and past work experience.
Personal Profile Statement
A motivated, adaptable and responsible Computing graduate seeking a position in an IT position which will utilise the professional and technical skills developed through past work experiences in this field. I have a methodical, customer-focused approach to work and a strong drive to see things through to completion.
1991 – 1992 Collingham Gardens Nursery
1992 – 1996 Stamford Primary School
1996 – 2002 Hall Green Secondary School
2002 – 2004 A-Levels Sandwell Sixth Form College
October 2004 – June 2007 UCB, Birmingham BSc Psychology
Education and Training
2009 – 2013 BSc Computer Science (Hons) Aston University
2007 – 2009 BTEC National Diploma in IT Hall Green College
2000 – 2007 Bournville Secondary School
2011 – Present IT Support Assistant ABC Electronics Ltd.
2008 – 2011 IT Admin Dana Corporation
2006 – 2008 IT Assistant M&M Electric Vehicles Ltd.
2005 Cleaner K Lacey Ltd.
2003 – 2005 Housekeeper Plaza Hotel
2002 Packer Packaging Products Ltd.
2000 – 2001 Cleaner TB Group Inc.
Jun 2008 – Present IT Manager Maplins
Oct 2003 – Jun 2008 IT Support Officer Ladypool Warehouse Ltd.
Jan 1999 – Sept 2003 IT Admin West London Council
1996 – 1999 Various jobs Retail (sectors)
I enjoy skiing, hiking, playing football, bird-watching and going to Church on Sundays.
Good example (when applying for a Business Analyst job):
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy reading non-fiction books, solving puzzles and socialising with friends and family.
Birmingham, West Midlands, B55 1KE, United Kingdom, Europe, World, Universe.
Tel: 078 4320 3833
Mrs Saima Khan
Flash Electronics Ltd.
Address: 24 St Denys Road, Postling, CT21 3QF
Tel: 0109 228 2091
Now that we’ve gone through all the sections of a CV we can now visually compare the two drastically different versions that we have reviewed:
If you’re still with us, then you fall into the second camp of readers: those that are committed, determined, and dedicated to their success and their careers.
Here is another bonus tip to improve your CV further:
We hope that these tips have been useful and please don’t forget to check out the rest of our website for more tips and advice.