Tips on how to write a curriculum vitae (CV / resumé) in English
The style and layout of a curriculum vitae (CV) in English is often different to in other languages. These steps explain how to write a standard English CV.
make notes Make notes on your work experience, both paid, unpaid, full-time and part-time. Write down your responsibilities, job title and company information. Include everything!
make notes Make notes on your education. Include your degree or any certificates, names of major courses, school names and courses relevant to the job you are applying for.
make notes Make notes on other achievements. Include membership of organizations, military service and any other special accomplishments.
choose relevant skills From your notes, choose which skills are relevant (skills that are similar) to the job which you are applying for.
These are the most important points for your CV.
Personal details Begin your CV. Write your full name, address, telephone number, email, date of birth, marital status and nationality at the top of the CV.
Objective Write an objective. The objective is a short sentence describing the job you hope to get. This is common only in an American-style CV (called a resumé).
Education/Qualifications Summarize your education, including important facts (type of degree, specific courses you have studied) that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
List all of your work experience, job by job. Start with the your most recent job and progress backwards in time. Again, focus on skills that are relevant.
Include the company details and your job title and responsibilities there.
Skills Include other relevant information such as languages spoken, computer skills, etc.
Interests Very briefly include your hobbies and main interests.
References Finish with the line: References available upon request.