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

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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 Maitane on Thu, 12/08/2021 - 14:28

Yes, I have got a CV. My tip is make a concise CV, with the most relevant information for the specific employment.

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Fri, 16/07/2021 - 02:29

Hello, it's me again. Excuse me I have a question about the following sentences: - They don't sell Adidas, nor do they think it necessary - They don't sell Adidas; nor do they think it necessary - They don't sell Adidas. Nor do they think it necessary. I read on an English page that those three sentences mean the same which is: "They don't sell Adidas. They do not think it necessary". However, my doubt is here: In those three sentences they're using "nor", which is a negative conjunction and also "don't" which is a negative auxiliary. Is it possible to have 2 negative expressions in one sentence only in those cases? My second doubt is about the expression "they think it necessary". Personally, I think there must be "is" before the word necessary, but I'm not quite sure. Could you help me with that issue, please? Third doubt. I tried not to use "nor" and "don't" in the same sentence (I tried to change the structure of the sentence above, but not it's meaning). However, I don't know if it is okay. Could you please check it out?. Here it is the sentence: They neither sell Adidas nor think it is necessary. And the last doubt. When should I write a comma or other kind of punctuation before "nor"?...... I've seen these kind of sentences: - They don't sell Adidas, nor do they think it necessary. - The postman came neither today nor yesterday. Could you help me with my English doubts, please?

Hello GiulianaAndy,

1. You're right, normally we don't use a 'double negative' in a sentence, but in this case the two different parts of the sentence(s) are separate. In other words, 'don't' just applies to 'sell' and 'nor' just applies to 'think' ('do they think').

2. This is a case of ellipsis, which is essentially the omission of words. In its full form, this sentence would require 'is' here (as you suspect).

3. Your sentence is fine, though I prefer the way the first of the three options above is written. This is just a matter of style.

4. This can depend on several different factors, but in this case the difference is that in the Adidas sentence, there are two different clauses, whereas in the postman sentence there is only one. You can see some other examples of this on this Cambridge Dictionary grammar page.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Fri, 16/07/2021 - 00:01

No, I haven't got a CV yet and I don't have tips to share either. However, I can practice how to write a CV now: International Business Management Specialist: -Profile: I have 4 months' experience in various business roles. I am a strong collaborator with outstanding experience of using my specialist knowledge and expertise in analytics for a wide variety of business. -Education: -2021: Diploma in International Business Management, Certus College, Peru -2020: A- levels (Business Management, Foreign Trade, Logical Thinking for Business, Communication and Technology of the information and New Trends in International Business Management) -Employment History: -December 2020- March 2021 International Business Management assistant, Company 1 - Responsibility for overall importing process - I played a key role in numerous importing process - Skills and Interests: - Competent Work Press developer - Skilled in Excel, Microsoft Power Point, Microsoft Word and Paint - Upper Intermediate English Level (B2) -References: Available on request

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Thu, 15/07/2021 - 19:09

Hello, thank you for the lesson. I have a question: Is it possible to say: "I looked at him smack into his very eyes" instead of say: "I looked at him directly into his very eyes"?

Hello GiulianaAndy,

You could say 'smack in the eyes' here but it would be a rather unusual sentence. In other words, it would not be incorrect but it would not be a typical sentence that anyone else would use; it would be a creative and unusual formulation.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Ehsan on Wed, 23/06/2021 - 09:11

I don't have a CV but when it is necessary, I write it. we should write your skills, experiences, educations, interests and everything is related the work we want to apply for it.

Submitted by paola_k on Wed, 07/04/2021 - 02:57

This activity couldn't find me in a better moment. I'm looking for a new job and English is one of the skills everyone is asking. I'll definitely use this CV as an example because the original one is in Spanish and grammar is very different when you list your work experience and specially your responsibilities.