Curriculum Vitae

What is a CV?

CV stands for Curriculum Vitae. This is a Latin phrase meaning the course of your life.

A CV is a written summary of an individual that includes personal details, work experience, educational background and skills. Interests and references are normally included.

You should always include a copy of your CV when you write a speculative letter to an employer and leave a copy when visiting a place of employment on spec.

Information to include on a CV

  • Basic personal information
  • Education
  • Work experience including voluntary work
  • Interests and activities
  • Other skills, especially Employability Skills
  • Referees – usually two.

Useful tips

  • Use a confident tone and positive language
  • Use a clear layout
  • Use a clear type face and font size
  • Use good quality paper – white is usually best
  • Keep to a maximum of two pages
  • Check thoroughly for correct spelling and grammar
  • Emphasise relevant experience and skills to encourage the employer to keep reading
  • List other skills such as languages, driving licence and IT skills
  • Ask a friend, parent or teacher to read your CV to get some feedback.


Sample CV 1 Sample CV 2 Covering Letters Style & Content