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


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