Areas to include in your CV

Personal Statement

  • Keep personal statements short, they should be no more than 50 words,
    Highlight relevant experience, key attributes and goals
  • Avoid clichés and vague statements such as “works well individually or as part of a team”
  • Be specific and ensure your statement relates to the job your applying for i.e "I'm looking for a Senior Finance Manager level role that allows me use my external reporting and team leadership skills.

Personal Contact Details

  • Include your name, address, telephone number and email contact details
  • Ensure your contact details
  • Remember to ensure you have a professional voicemail message on your home and mobile answering phones.

Education and Professional Qualifications

  • List your most recent studies first.  
  • If the position you’re applying for requires particular qualifications, highlight those on your CV.
  • If the role doesn't require specific grades & qualifications, don’t list every grade you received at school and university.

Work Experience

  • Start with your most recent position first
  • Include position title, organisation, dates, main responsibilities and location if appropriate.
  • Provide specific details on your personal position not that of the team.
  • Highlight key achievements for each position and focus on the outcome and success of your work.
  • State what the benefits were to the business and quantify it. 40% cost saving, 10 new products launch within 12 month, 45% more revenue, employee engagement up by 35%, show KPIs that are quantifiable.
  • Include factual information; size of project, timescales
  • Focus your experience to the job requirements to highlight what you have done that is relevant to their requirements.
  • Use active verbs, positive language and past tense to describe your experience


  • List IT packages you're proficient in.
  • Highlight any foreign languages.  

Hobbies and Interests

  • Optional but gives the interviewer an insight into your personality.

CV Templates

CV Template 1.docx
Microsoft Word document [135.6 KB]
CV Template
CV template 2.doc
Microsoft Word document [54.0 KB]

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