How to write a CV and Covering letter

CV checklist

Your CV should always be:

    • word processed in a simple easy to read font (e.g. Arial)
    • short, more than one side of A4 but not more than two
    • neat and tidy with good spelling and grammar
    • easy to read, bullet points are a good way of presenting information
    • adapted for each job application to show that your the perfect match for the job
    • one font, white or cream coloured paper, have no borders or clip art

There is no right or wrong order for a CV but you normally start with your contact details.

What you should include

    • name, address, email address and contact number
    • personal profile, career aim, self-marketing statement
    • education and qualifications
    • skills and work-experience, including paid work, school work-experience weeks, or voluntary placements
    • particular skills, for example if you have a First Aid certificate or have passed your driving test
    • hobbies and interests – particularly if these highlight responsibilities and skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for
    • references

What you shouldn't include

    • negative comments, bad exam results, awful experiences, wage expectations or jokes
    • your age, date of birth or whether you are married/in a Civil Partnership – the law says that none of these can be taken into account when selecting employees.
    • a photograph.
Covering letter examples

Example one

Application form examples

How to request an application form.

CV language

How to write a CV.