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What types of CV are there?

cv.gifThere are a few different types of CV that you can use - the most frequently used and widely recognised is a Chronological CV, but another type may suit the role you are applying for more!

cv.gifIf you think another type of CV might best for the roles you're applying for, give it a try - you can always contact us if you'd like advice on what type of CV will suit you!

Listed below are the three main types of CV that you could use:

  • The Chronological CV

    calendar.gifWhat is it?

    The Chronological CV is the classic CV format in which you write about your skills and experience in the order that they've happened - starting with the most recent and working backwards. (For example: your most recent job role comes first, followed by your role before that, and so on.)


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


    • 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 your previous experience is in a different industry.

    Best for…

    • Anyone applying for a range of jobs, as it clearly details everything you have done.

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

  • The Functional Skills-Based CV

    qualification.gifWhat is it? 

    The Functional Skills-Based CV shows off your experience because it emphasises what skills you have rather than your employment history. It requires you to write a 'Skills Summary' at the top of your CV content outlining your most important skills!


    • 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.


    • 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.

    For an example of The Functional Skills-Based CV check the information on the CV Library and Reed!

  • The Alternative CV

    computer.gifWhat is it?

    The Alternative CV has an eye-catching format that shows off your creativity. What it includes depends upon the creative job you are applying to.  For example, 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 developed for people to look at.


    • It shows your creativity and the specific creative skills that your employer is looking for,
    • It shows off your individuality and will make you stand out in the employers mind.


    • If you use an alternative CV when they are expecting a normal CV then this may be confusing for the employer,
    • 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.

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