Writing a CV

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How to structure a cv

As you progress in your career, you will need to consider how to write a cv. This means developing skills and work experience to detail in your cv, and learning how to structure a cv. Depending on the type of the application, the style and lengths of your cv may vary.

To structure your cv you need to demonstrate your varied experience and educational qualifications. When writing a cv you must articulate the relevance your experience has in developing your broader skills, responsibility, and competence. Understanding how to write a cv requires the following points:

  • Your education and any professional affiliations you have
  • Work and professional experience
  • Key language skills
  • IT skills, for instance IT proficiency, statistical packages and other software packages
  • Soft skills (including communication, leadership, time management, adaptability, and responsibility)
  • Your personal contact details


Find out more about how to write a cv here.

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How to write a CV for academia

If you are applying for postgraduate study, when writing an academic cv you should have a greater emphasis on your educational qualifications. You should also demonstrate any published work, research skills and interests you have. By the end of your degree course, you should ensure you have written a cv to; demonstrate your educational qualifications, your work experience and your broader skills.

Writing a covering letter

Many work experience and internship opportunities as well as postgraduate courses, require you to both submit a cv and write a covering letter. Uni Direct can help you to write a covering letter, for submission alongside how to write a cv. for graduate job applications and postgraduate course applications.

As a part of our  careers advice and support service. Our specialist mentors can support you to structure a cv and write a compelling covering letter. If you would like to find out more please contact us to speak to one of our advisers.