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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.

  • Traditional/Chronological CV

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    This is a CV where you write about your skills and experience in the order that they have occurred, 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 your experience is all from different industries.

    Best for …

    • Anyone with lots of different experience.

    For more advice check out the information on the Prospect Website.

     

  • Skills / Functional CV

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    What is it?

    This one shows off your experience because it emphasises the skills you can bring to the role, rather than the gaps in your academic/employment history. 

    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.

    For more advice check out the information on the Prospect Website.

  • Alternative CV

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    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 include an example of 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 employer’s mind.

    Disadvantages

    • If you use an alternative CV when employers 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 Monster Website

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