curriculum vitae template – structure

(Other than ‘Title’, use these sub-headings or similar)


Simply your name followed by the word or ‘CV’ or ‘Curriculum Vitae’ (‘Resume’ is used more in the USA).

See the notes about CV/Curriculum Vitae in the heading above.

Personal Profile (and/or Attributes)

Five to seven high impact statements that describe you. These are effectively your personal strengths. Be bold, confident and positive when you construct these key statements. Orientate the descriptions to the type of job you are seeking. If you have a serious qualification and it’s relevant, include it as the final point. Look at the examples shown to see how these statements use powerful words and professional business vocabulary. See the examples of CV words and phrases below.

Experience (and/or Specialisms or Capabilities)

This is not your career history. It’s a bullet points description of your experience and/or your capabilities. Make sure you orientate these simple statements to meet the requirements of the reader, in other words ensure the experience/strengths are relevant to the type of job/responsibility that you are seeking. Again try to use powerful statements and impressive language – be bold and check that your chosen language and descriptions look confident and positive. If you are at the beginning or very early stage of your career you will not have much or any work experience to refer to, in which case you must refer to other aspects of your life experience – your college or university experience, your hobbies, social or sports achievements, and bring out the aspects that will be relevant to the way you would work. See the notes for writing CVs with no work experience. Prospective employers look for key indicators of integrity, enthusiasm, passion, determination, initiative, creativity, originality, organisational ability, planning, cost-management, people-skills, technical skill, diligence, reliability, depending on the job; so find examples of the relevant required behaviours from your life, and encapsulate them in snappy, impressive statements. Go for active not passive descriptions, i.e., where you are making things happen, not having things happen to you. See the examples of CV words and phrases below.


High impact descriptions of your major achievements. Separate, compact, impressive statements. Ensure you refer to facts, figures and timescales – prospective employers look for quantitative information – hard facts, not vague claims. These achievements should back up your Personal Profile claims earlier – they are the evidence that you can do what you say. Again they must be relevant to the role you are seeking. See the examples of CV words and phrases below.

Career History

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