Writing a CV

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How to structure a cv

As you progress in your career, you will need to consider how you develop your 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, and the relevance it has to developing your broader skills, responsibility, and competence. Writing a cv requires the following sections:

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

If you are applying for postgraduate study, when writing an academic cv you should have a greater emphasis on your educational qualifications, and 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 as part of the application process. Uni Direct can help you to write a covering letter, for submission alongside your cv, for graduate job applications and postgraduate course applications.

As a part of our academic mentoring 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.