CV’s are often one of the first ways an employer gets to know you, so it’s important that you make a good impression with your content and layout. The tips below look at how to create a CV that will help you stand out from the crowd.

What is a CV and Why do I need One?

Types of CV

A Chronological CV is the most traditional style of CV and is the one most people are used to seeing and using. The purpose of this style is to really highlight how you meet the job specification by showcasing your skills, experience and qualifications. Usually this will be done in reverse Chronological order (most recent first).

Don’t forget that this CV should highlight how this helps you meet the job role and show off any additional achievements you might have.

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If you have limited experience in the role you are applying for, or if you have a lot of employment gaps, a Skills Based CV can be really useful as it allows you to focus on the transferable skills you have developed in professional contexts and other areas of your life as well.

It’s still important to match the skills you are showcasing to the job role, and use evidence of how you’ve used the skills.

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If you’re applying for Academic positions, perhaps in research or universities, and Academic CV can be a useful way of highlighting your educational achievements. In essence they are very similar to chronological CV’s but they have sections for and research activities, conferences, presentations, or publications which you have done.

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A technical CV is particularly useful if you are applying for roles that require very specific skill sets such as IT Roles, Engineering Roles and many more.

Again, this type of CV has roughly the same format as a Chronological CV, however it includes sections about the specific software, and specific techniques that you have experience of using. You should always try to ensure your software experiences matches the job description, particularly if a piece of software is listed as essential experience. You can still put additional software down to highlight your range of experience though.

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How to make a CV Specific to the role