CV Format

You should gather together all of the information required below. You will probably not use all of this information in your CV but it will provide you with useful reference material when it comes to preparing for interviews.

Personal Details

Your full name, address, contact telephone numbers, date of birth, marital status and nationality. Do you have a full driving licence? Is it clean?


Concisely state your major skills, strengths, personal qualities and achievements. Include a table listing your key skills (languages, databases, operating systems, and packages etc). Include the number of years commercial experience that you have gained in each of these areas.

Work Experience

This is by far the most important section and hence should be the longest. Concentrate on your most recent jobs and especially those most relevant to the positions you are applying for. List employers and positions undertaken (including dates) in reverse chronological order starting with your most recent role. For each position state concisely your responsibilities including all the technologies you utilised.


CV Format

Do not hesitate to go into some depth technically about the projects you have worked on. Ensure you do not leave the reader to assume anything. If you have been working for a number of years you do not need to include any part-time jobs, vacation jobs, voluntary work or unpaid work experience unless especially relevant to your career. However you might want to include these jobs if they covered a period of unemployment.

Education / Qualifications

List your qualifications and education history, for example: BSc (Hons) 2:1 in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, 1980 - 1983. A Levels: Maths (A), Biology (B), Chemistry (C) at Warwick School, 1978 - 1980. O Levels (or GCSEs if you did them): Maths (A), English Language (A), History (A), Geography (B), French (C), Chemistry (C), Biology (C) at Warwick School, 1973 - 1978. If you have a degree you do not necessarily need to list all your O Levels/GCSEs; just listing the number is probably sufficient.

Professional Qualifications

Briefly list your professional qualifications, membership of professional associations and professional ID numbers.

Other Experience

If you have foreign language skills which may be relevant for any jobs which you are applying for, please list them and indicate whether your skills are spoken, written, business or technical. Please also indicate your level of fluency: fluent, good working knowledge, etc.

Interests / Hobbies

List your interests, hobbies and any sports you play. List any positions of responsibility you hold or have held in any club or organisation, and say what your responsibilities and achievements were.


You do not normally need to list referees on a CV, but it is a good idea to think about whom you could ask now.
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