Sometimes referred to as a résumé, a CV is a summary of your education, skills, work and voluntary experience and is often the first stage in getting yourself noticed by employers.
Employers scan CVs to weed out the less suitable job applicants, so a simple, well-structured and well-written CV will increase your chances of getting to the next stage.
There are many formats which a CV can take, and this must be tailored to the employer and type of industry you are applying to work in.
Writing a CV for abroad
While the above guidelines are suitable for writing a CV for employers in the UK, different countries have slightly different expectations of what an applicant’s CV should contain.
If you are writing a CV for a non-UK employer, please check Prospect’s Country Profiles pages for further information on writing a suitable CV for an employer based outside the UK. However, be aware of the fact that some international companies will recruit you from their own UK-based offices, in which case, it may be advisable to stick to the style of CV advised above for UK applicants.