Key sections of a CV


Your CV should be no longer than 2 pages long and have line spaces between each section.

Your personal details

In this section, you should include your name, address and contact details. You do not need to include your age, marital status or nationality.

Your personal profile

This section acts as a mini-advert for you but it should only be a few lines. You should summarise your skills and qualities; past work achievements and careers aims.

Employment history and work experience

Start with your present or most recent job. You should include relevant details such as who the employer was, the dates that you worked for them, your job title and what roles you carried out. Try to emphasise those things that will that bring out skills that employers might be looking for.

Education and training

Start with your most recent qualifications. Often you can display this section of your CV in bullet points or a table.

Interests and achievements

This section should only include information that is directly relevant to the job or which highlight key skills like organising charity events or achievements through volunteering.