Advice from the University of Aberdeen Careers Service on writing a successful CV.
ser vice careers ers uk/care .ac. w.abdn ww Example CV Template to be used as a guideline for the types of h Name (first name and surname) by commas) Address (could be in a line, separated Telephone number and email address Date of Birth and Nationality (these are optional) For examples of CVs related to type of work or application (including further study / re Your CV should be pres Education ee classification University/College, Expected degr Date from and to Subject of study, ledge and practical to application and relevant skills, know Subjects studied which are relevant on on your CV you could include Unless you have a skills secti experience gained during your degree. and analysis here. , laboratory techniques, data collection field skills ge, City / Town Date from and to School or Colle es achieved Highers/A-levels or Equivalent and grad (how many and at what grades) Standard Grades/GCSEs or Equivalent ol or college, such as nsibilities and/or achievements at scho You could include a sentence about respo , mentor for new students. ess enterprise competition team head of year, member of winning busin Relevant Work Experience nsibilities, including any first and give a brief description of respo Start with the most recent experience n about the impact you application. Try to include informatio ved which are of particular relevance to your exceeded sales targets by 20% or recei you achieved (e.g. had in each role and quantify results award from employer). For example: Aberdeen (Summer 2009) nt Student, Housing Association, Business Environmental Placeme ndations for reducing research options and make recomme I was given a 2 month project to ged by the association. This involved: mana energy use in properties owned and gy use � data analysis to establish current ener ms for introducing energy efficient syste about grants and incentives available � research es regarding costs of alternative technologi � negotiating with potential suppliers gement meeting nting recommendations at a senior mana � prese and developed confidence activities, to plan a sizeable project, ndations I learned how to manage a range of about their operations. My recomme the association in asking questions and challenging next 3 years. iation �500,000 over the are estimated to save the housing assoc rk Experience Employment History / Other Wo s and informal responsibilities nsibilities, including any promotion Brief description of respo itment, consistency of all jobs in your CV as evidence of comm ple: (e.g. managing a stock-take). Include of relevant transferrable skills. For exam ide examples employment, adaptability and to prov tle Hotel, Aberdeen March 2009 - Present Waiter, The This of training new staff members, cashing s, I have been given the responsibility In addition to waiting dutie with the expectations of Managing the abilities of the kitchen complaints up and supervising on larger functions. conflict, most commonly with regard to e in handling customers has developed my confidenc ce. about quality and timing of food servi headings and content appropriate for a job application after graduation. esearch) and your subject of study, visit www.abdn.ac.uk/careers/applications/cvs sented as two A4 pages Choose relevant skills for this section by analysing the job advert, job description, person specification and any other materials related to your application. In this section it is important to give examples of how you have developed and successfully demonstrated the use of each skill. Here are two examples of this (ensure you choose one of these formats and stick to it): Communication � Confident communicating with a range of people, from customers to management, at Asda (recently `employee of the month') and with fellow students and academic staff at the University. � Also confident in delivering presentations developed by regularly preparing and delivering material for tutorials and lectures during my degree . Have presented to over 100 people. Relevant Skills Team Work Able to adapt to a variety of team roles as required, but have particular strengths in focusing a team on tasks, shown within my academic course and in motivating and ensuring engagement of all team members. For example, I successfully recruited 5 committee members to a newly formed Caree rs Society which I achieved by recognising others' streng ths through questioning and listening and then encouraging their contributions and commitment to the society. Choose to use headings such as these (or a combi nation) if you have particular areas of your life which can't be covered elsewhere in the CV and when you have more than two separate responsibilities/achievements/interests which could be listed. Try to stick to things which have happened in the last 3-4 years. For example: Ale Society, University of Aberdeen Elected to this position after being a member of the society during my first year. So far, I have increased membership numbers, earning the committee �500 in extra funds, and have successfully marketed our first sell-out student beer festival. Completed the Edinburgh Marathon in under 4 hours and raised over �1500 for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland in August 2011. Raised the majori ty of the money by successfully negotiating compa ny sponsorship in return for advertising on my t-shirt and organising a fundraising evening at my local pub. For interests, this is your chance to tell them someth ing interesting about yourself, but always think about what will look good and show something differe nt. Your aim in this section is to include 2-3 differe nt interests with a short sentence about each rather than a big long list. For example, replace `football, music and hill-walking', with `play 5-a-side football in the University league (currently in 2nd place), play the euphonium in a community brass band, and enjoy getting into the Cairngorms, have so far `bagged' 24 Munros. Sept 2010 � Present Marketing Coordinator, Real Positions of Responsibility / Achievements and/or Interests Referees References can be provided on request or list contac t details of two referees (typically one academic and one work related) and make sure you have asked for their agreement before naming them. aking ips on m ions - T e subject, job at re /applic ources le by deg ns for further careers eful res .ac.uk/ mples searchab Us .abdn pplicatio � www ng. Lots of exa c e an d a Service experien writi Careers s, including CV ing work mples. n (includ on e of exa applicati pe of applicatio and rang s ty ing - Tip amples type and s/cvwrit s and ex .uk/link ). tml - Tip c .h study spects.a ive-CVs ww.pro g-Effect ects � w Creatin / Prosp k/1372 itae.ac.u � www.v Vitae rchers. for resea ould like CVs hy you w cessful idea of w r suc ve a clea writing r and ha vant employe tips for n the most rele n, Top ead up o out the ab ectio h�R a skills s tell them researc e to use make. 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