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 Here are the three main types of CV that you can have. Pick the best one for you and for the job that you are applying for.

  • Chronological

    calendar.gifWhat is it?

    This is one where you write about your skills and experience in the order that they happen. Starting with the most recent and working backwards. So something you did in 2012 comes before something you did in 2010.

    Advantages

    • It tells your personal history because it follows what you have done in order
    • If you have lots of experience in the industry it shows dedication to that industry
    • It is easy for the employer to see at a glance what you have done and achieved

    Disadvantages

    • If you have gaps in your education or work experience then they will be more obvious in this format
    • If you want to go into a new job or industry it can look odd if all your experience is in a different industry

    Best for …

    • Anyone with lots of different experience.

    For more advice check out the information on the National Career Service

  • Skills / Functional

    qualification.gifWhat is it? 

    This one shows off your experience because it emphasises what skills you have rather than what gaps there are in your CV.

    Advantages

    • You can show that you have a wide range of skills even if you don't have much specific experience
    • If you know what skills your employer is looking for you can make it really obvious that you have each of them
    • If you have some experience but not in the industry you are applying to it can show that you have transferrable skills

    Disadvantages

    • It isn't the most common format 
    • If you have worked for some impressive employers it isn't as obvious or noticeable as it only emphasises the skills you have learned

    Best for …

    • Anyone with gaps in education or employment
    • Anyone who wants to change the industry or sector they work in
  • Alternatives

    computer.gifWhat is it?

    It is a CV that has an eye-catching format that shows off your creativity. What it is depends on the creative job you are applying to. E.g. if you are applying for a job in design you will want to have a nicely designed CV. If you are applying for a job as a Web Site creator you should have a website you have made online for people to look at.

    Advantages

    • It shows your creativity and talent for design which may be what your employer is looking for
    • It shows off your individuality and will make you stand out in the employers mind

    Disadvantages

    • If you use an alternative CV when they are expecting a normal CV then it might be a disadvantage for you
    • If you are not applying for a creative job then it is definitely not a good idea

    Best for …

    • Applying to jobs where you need to show creativity and imagination
    • Specific jobs like web design and fashion

    For more advice check out the information on the National Career Service

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