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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.

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