If you require help writing or updating a CV (Curriculum Vitae), the Job Shop is here to help.
Come to the Job Shop desk in Membership Services between 10am-4pm Tuesday to Friday and ask for a CV appointment, or email huu-jobshop@hull.ac.uk

To receive advice on CVs for placement and graduate opportunities, contact Hull University Careers based in the Student Union 3rd Floor: http://www2.hull.ac.uk/student/careers.aspx

There is a lot of competition for part-time jobs and employers will reject poorly prepared CVs, so it is important to spend some time on getting your CV right. A CV is a personal marketing tool and when presented in a well-structured and clear way it will give the employer all the information that they need:

  • Details of your Work Experience (part-time and full-time jobs, both paid and unpaid).
  • An indication of your educational achievements.
  • If you want to have a separate skills section you can, or you can embed them into your first two sections.
  • Your particular strengths, presented as clear advantages, in terms of your experience, skills, qualities and capabilities in the workplace.
  • Relevance of all the above to the job that you are applying for.

Above all, the CV must have relevance to convince any employer that they should offer you and interview. If it doesn’t sell you as a candidate to the employer, it will not get you an interview. The golden rules for any CV are that it must:

  • Explain what you have done, what your responsibilities where, and what you gained from the experience.
  • Offer evidence to support all statements you are making.
  • Convey that you are a potential asset to an employer.

General Tips

  • Keep the CV to a maximum of two pages – employers don’t have the time to read long CVs.
  • Send your CV with a covering letter. Address it correctly and to the correct person, and limit it to one side of A4. Do not supplement information that you have included in your CV.
  • Grammar and spelling should always be correct – employers notice these things, and they do make a difference.
  • Do not use block lettering or upper case letters for whole words – it can be perceived as pushy and rude.
  • Use one font style consistently throughout the CV, and make sure it is clear and easy to read.
  • Avoid putting your details in tables or columns that take up more space.
  • Always use the correct tense when describing information.
  • Avoid acronyms and abbreviations.
  • Don’t use statements/phrases you can’t support.
  • Don’t leave unexplained gaps in your education or work experience – supply information for the gap.
  • Don’t assume an employer can determine any of your skills or responsibilities without clear evidence.
  • Explain as clearly as possible what your role was.
  • Do not have a standard CV that you use to apply for every job – it needs to be adapted to suit the specific needs of the job description for the vacancy and the potential employer.
  • If you are applying for a job where you have no previous experience, you will need to emphasise your transferable skills.

Still struggling to get started? Download our Example CV to help you get going!