What is a CV?
CV is short for 'curriculum vitae', which translates as 'stream of life'. It is a factual document that presents to an employer your career aspirations, motivation, skills, qualities, qualifications and experience since leaving school.
Your CV is more than a dry list of qualifications and previous employers - it is a way of selling yourself. It is a dynamic document which changes and develops as your experience grows throughout university and during your career, and it's never too soon to start.
Careers & Employability staff can check your CV so please do call in during a drop-in or email us!
Situations where you need a CV
You will need a CV for the following:
- If you are applying for a part-time job
- If you are applying for voluntary work
- When you apply for a Work Based Learning Placement in level 5
- When you apply for graduate employment in level 6 and after your course
- If you apply for a postgraduate course
- How to write a CV
- Information to include in CV for part-time work
- International Students: CV Writing (Cardiff University resource)
- Essential tips for writing a creative CV (Creativetoolkit)
- Example of a traditional CV
- Example of a skills CV
- CVs and Covering Letters (AGCAS resource)
- Effective CVs for Research Students (University of Manchester resource)