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Writing a CV

There are lots of different ways to write a CV. It’s not quite true that there is no right or wrong way, but there are certainly plenty of right ways, and even more wrong ones! It’s also important to remember that different rules apply for certain industries. For example, if you are applying for jobs as a musician, artist, film producer, or product designer, there are different habits and approaches to take. If you think this might apply to you, you’re best off coming and seeing a Careers adviser – we have some books and guides on alternative CVs in the Careers office. You could also speak to your tutor if they have experience in the industry you are applying to. You should also check out the pages related specifically to your degree for more detailed information.

Having said this, there are some general guidelines that apply to most types of CV. You can also see some example CVs on the Prospects website, or pop into the Careers office in the Phoenix Centre and pick up a more comprehensive guide to writing CVs. You could also check out this Storify resource that outlines some of the key tips for writing a good CV.

Even if you’re not about to apply for a job, it’s worthwhile having an up to date CV. You never know when you might be asked for it at short notice by a potential employer, and it’s a useful way of checking how well you are doing in building up your skills and experience.

You can come in and have your CV checked by a member of the Careers & Employability team. You can either make an appointment or else just come along to the Careers drop-in and ask someone to have a look at it.