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 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.

Submitted by German on Wed, 24/03/2021 - 02:23

I have some tips to share about the CV whose I consider are important to impact in a company or at less, to have more probability for be hired. The first one is that I think that the CV wouldn´t should be very short very long, the CV has to represent your life taking account the work experience, the studies, interests and skills. The other one tip is that you have to put color into the CV. Try you include colors in the titles, lines, etc.

Submitted by Justine STM on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 18:24

I have many years of experience and i had applied for many jobs so yes i have a CV and i renew it regulary for my consulting job in my firm. I think it's important to indicate the key word for an application because now when we send ours CV on the web it's read by a robot. So if we don't be careful about this reading, ours applies will going to trash directly.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Thu, 12/11/2020 - 17:30

Of course, I have one. And I renewed it recently because I'm looking for a new job right now. I think you tabled to us a quite strong CV. If I were an HR specialist I would notice it for sure. As usual, your tips are pretty good and there is generally nothing to add. Perhaps, I would say you can make your CV more creative if you are applying for a relevant position (designer, creative director, artist or something). You also can add some job reference in your CV even if your position isn't "creative". I saw many beautiful CV's on the Internet from builders, engineers, doctors etc which look like pieces of art. But no matter if you have the creative CV or the simple one: any grammatical errors (no excuses), any lies (well, you can gild a bit your achievements and skill but just a little) which could be easily exposed. And good luck with your search!