Learn how to write a curriculum vitae, often called a CV in the UK or résumé in American English. 

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.


Reading text

Maria Jones

Digital Marketing Specialist


I have five years' experience in various digital marketing roles. I have a proven ability to create successful marketing campaigns in line with brand identity and values. I am a strong collaborator with outstanding communication skills, and have comprehensive experience of using my specialist knowledge and expertise in analytics for a wide variety of marketing initiatives.

Employment History

June 2017 – present
Digital Marketing Specialist for Zinco, a global insurance start-up

  • My role involves working to tight deadlines to design, create and launch marketing campaigns via social media.
  • I have developed advanced knowledge of a range of social media platforms and digital marketing tools.
  • I specialise in driving successful campaigns and excel in analysing their impact.
  • I have experience launching digital billboards in places such as train stations and shopping centres.  

Sept 2016 – June 2017
Creative break from employment to travel and blog

  • I travelled through 12 countries, met several professional bloggers and started my own travel blog.
  • I built up a community of followers and started to monetise my blog through sponsored posts.

May 2014 – Aug 2016
Digital Marketing Assistant, Krunch Ltd

  • Responsibility for overall social media strategy and regular posting on key channels.
  • I played a key role in numerous campaigns to boost engagement with our brand.
  • I also supported three product launches.


2014 Diploma in Digital Marketing, Leeds Beckett University, UK
2012 A-levels (Psychology, English, Art & Design), Leeds City College, UK

Skills and Interests

Competent WordPress developer
Skilled in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator
Advanced Spanish (C1)
Intermediate German (B1)


Available on request


  1. Start with a short profile to show who you are and what you offer.
  2. List your employment history, starting with the present.
  3. Explain any gaps, for example time spent travelling or having children.
  4. Use bullet points for your main responsibilities and experience in each role. Choose the aspects of your previous jobs that are most relevant to the new job you are applying for.
  5. Then give your educational background. List the relevant qualifications that you have, starting with the most recent. Include the title of your qualification, where you studied and the date you successfully completed it.
  6. Consider putting Education above Employment if you don't have a lot of work experience yet. 
  7. List other experience or interests you may have if they are relevant to the job.
  8. If you have someone who could support your application, add their contact details or say References available on request at the end.


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Submitted by aleksanderZAU on Mon, 04/05/2020 - 10:02

It is best to call your friends on the phone or on social networks. now the distance between friends is not a problem.

Submitted by jazmin marquez on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 12:03

Well, I have seen that people without enough experience tend to exaggerate or even lie on their CV. I advise trying to show off your best, but be careful to be arrogant, and pleace, don't mention skills you don't have in real life.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Fri, 03/04/2020 - 12:59

Yes I have some tips to share to whom writing their CVs. Try to maket short and not exceed two pages . Start by writing you profile like how many years of experience you have and in which role . Talk about your skills snd qualifications and what you achieved and developed during your career time . Then write your employment history starting withe the current one or the most recent one and so on. In the employment history section jusr write the period of time then your posistion then the company details then write your job description in this company. After employment history just mention the efucatoln hist2 included the ccertificates you have

Submitted by Huini on Sat, 07/03/2020 - 07:10

I'm a fresh graduate in engineering background. I am very enthusiastic towards teaching professional as well as doing research. My vision is to build up a research-based teaching career. Now, I am looking for a teaching job besides pursuing my postgraduate programme. I have a strong convincing power by which I can share my acquired knowledge including research experiences among the students. In my whole education, upto undergraduate life, I have played a vital role in our group studies, which made me brave, confidient, and a hardworking person.

Submitted by gicandrade on Fri, 08/11/2019 - 09:25

Profile I’m a curious and enthusiastic journalist professional. I love write and create narratives. It’s wonderful to tell peoples stories. I have 20 years’ experience in various communication areas: newspapaer, television and corporate communication. In journal, I worked for 5 year’s where I covered about market economics, lifestyle and business. In organizations, I have an oppontunity to develop actions of endomarketing to improve people’s life in a germain multination corporate that operate worldwide. My professional experience also goes through tv, where I had strong collaborate to take care the image of a very important programs in TV GLobo, one of the biggest group tv in the world. I love my work and everything that I created until now. For this reason, I keep studying and learning more and more. Employment history Bosch Car Multimedia – present Researcher Organizational Communication - Develop the research about internal communication. The goal is to apply tools to improve everyday life at work. TV Globo - 2017 - Senior press officer programs Journalist responsible for taking care the image of the main programs Skills and interests Crisis manager Advanced English (C1) Intermediate franch (A2) Writer and creater storytelling Researcher investigative professional

Submitted by FarhadAhmad on Wed, 31/07/2019 - 19:09

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Submitted by FarhadAhmad on Wed, 31/07/2019 - 18:30

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Submitted by bgarcial on Wed, 24/07/2019 - 14:06

Hi friends. Other useful advise to apply is include links to profiles like LinkedIn and if you have a portfolio or blog related with the field and job that you are applying, is a good idea reference that information in the C.V.

Submitted by Maitane on Thu, 18/07/2019 - 11:39

Yes, I have got a CV. I have two tips for do a CV: The first one is put a photography of you. In this way, the company can see how you are. The second tip is write your phone number because is a quicker manner than email to contact with you.