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What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?

A CV provides a short account about you, your work experience and qualifications. As a guideline, it should ideally be two to three sides of A4 providing us with key facts and experience areas. There is no set format for a CV, however it would be useful to see:

  • Personal Details
  • Personal profile
  • Career history and/or Achievements
  • Training/qualifications
  • Reference details

The information listed below gives a guidance of what information to include in the areas above – however if you currently have a CV that you believe is suitable, we are more than happy to review this. We are looking for key skills, attributes and competencies.

Personal Details

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone numbers
  • E-mail
  • Driving licence

We do not need to know your marital status or your date of birth.

Personal Profile

  • Bullet-point descriptive phrases that describe your strengths and attributes
  • These statements should also reflect the personal qualities that are relevant to the role you are applying for
  • Keep the statements simple and clear using professional, concise and intelligent language
  • Ensure you are able to back-up and provide an example for each statement you make

Career History/Achievements

  • This area may include professional statements which explain your experience and/or areas that you specialise within along with key achievements
  • Select experience from the last ten years that best fits your capabilities and the needs of the new job
  • Try to focus each statement to provide a different example of capability e.g. planning and organising, building relationships, customer focus
  • Where possible, quantify or attach context in terms of facts and figures or scale
  • If you have limited work history, the achievements do not need to be work related
  • List your history in chronological order, starting with your most current position and makes sure that all gaps are accounted for

Education and Qualifications

  • List details of schools, colleges and or universities attended along with dates and grades
  • Detail professional qualifications, where obtained, grade and date

Reference details

  • Upon acceptance of a position, BGL requires two years of work reference history