What to include


It will be on the top of the paper.

Personal details

  • home address
  • college address
  • phone number
  • email address
  • date of birth
  • own web homepage, if you have it. Include it (if it's good!)


Give places of education where you have studied.

  • Most recent education first.
  • Include subject options taken in each year of your course.
  • Include any special project, thesis, or dissertation work.
  • Pre-college courses (high school, etc.) should then be included, (including grades if your marks deserve it).
  • Subjects taken and passed just before college will be of most interest.
  • Earlier courses, taken at the age 15-16, may not need much detail.
  • Include the trainings you have attended.

Work experience

  • List your most recent experience first.
  • Give the name of your employer, job title, and very important, what you actually did and achieved in that job.
  • Part-time work should be included.


  • They will be particularly interested in activities where you have leadership or responsibility.
  • A one-person interest, such as stamp-collecting, should be mentioned if it is connected with the work you wish to do.
  • Give only enough detail to explain. (If you were captain of a sports team, they do not want to know the exact date you started, how many games you played, and how many wins you had! They will ask at the interview, if they are interested.)
  • If you have published any articles, jointly or by yourself, give details.
  • If you have been involved in any type of volunteer work, do give details.


Ability in:

  • other languages
  • IT skills
  • possession of a driving license should be included. If you have a clean driving license, say so.
  • Pre-college courses (high school, etc.) should then be included, (including grades if your marks deserve it).

Other skills

  • You think at the necessary skills needed for the job you are applying for. Then you list all your personal details under these skills headings. This is called 'targeting your CV', and is becoming more common, at least in UK. But before writing that take advice on whether it is OK in your country and culture, and how to do it best.


Usually give two names - one from your place of study, and one from any work situation you have had.

Last modified on Monday, 12 March 2012 14:15


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