CV stands for Curriculum Vitae, which literally means 'The course of one's life'.
A CV (sometimes called a résumé) is a concise document that outlines the relevant facts about you and your experience to a prospective employer.
Unlike filling in an application form, writing a CV offers you the chance to present information about yourself in a way you feel highlights your strengths and particular experience.
There are many different ways to lay out your CV and we've provided some examples of CVs that others have found helpful.
When compiling your CV you should bear in mind that employers can check the details you give. They can access a database containing details of academic achievements, employment and membership of technical bodies, so remember to be truthful.