CV Advice

This is your first introduction to potential employers and some may only spend a few seconds scanning your CV. Getting this step right can determine whether you get short-listed for interview.

There is no set format for the perfect CV, however these basic guidelines should be of help:

  • Strong, clear cover letter – covering your skills/attributes to match the key details from the job description
  • Try not to span more than two sides of A4
  • Use black for text and avoid headings that are too bright in colour.
  • Normally the use of Arial, Verdana or Times New Roman fonts, with a size of around 11 -12 for text and 14-16 for headings is the right format
  • Use short bullet points and paragraphs of text
  • Ensure that your work history has no unexplained gaps and these have employment dates and a short brief of your role
  • It is a good idea to list all training courses attended and try to summarise your professional development
  • Tell them what specific interests you are keen to pursue and why?
  • Try not to use images or fancy art work
  • Include any CPD events that you have attended
  • Tell them about any related achievements/awards
  • Check for typos and for anything you have missed that may be relevant
  • Are you a member of related professional organisations, RCVS for example? Tell them!
  • References, it’s always a good idea to provide these

Here are a couple of general CV templates for your use:

Doc  Download CV Template Р01   Doc  Download CV Template Р02