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

Profile

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.

Education

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)
Photography
Travel

References

Available on request

Tips

  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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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2

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

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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

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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,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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

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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

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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.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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

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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 Andrea Valencia on Wed, 26/05/2021 - 14:06

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Yes, I made a resume, in the profile it is important to write relevant skills for the job.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Submitted by Hennadii on Thu, 12/11/2020 - 17:30

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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!

Submitted by shelly on Wed, 14/10/2020 - 04:53

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Yes, and I am planning to update my specialist knowledge and expertise in marketing and project experience on the CV by adding more details. my tips are as follow: mention your highest educational background; List the relevant qualifications that you have. List the successful projects you have completed recently and what kinds of contribution you could do for the new company.

Submitted by Denise on Tue, 06/10/2020 - 14:26

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No,I haven’t got a CV because I never needed it for my current work. But I have no doubt that when I need this post it will be so helpfull.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Mon, 05/10/2020 - 21:02

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I have prepared two different types of CV: the one is very detailed and contains all the specifics which concern the career growth paths, the other is more concise, so that I can select which of them I ought to present, on the basis of the situations.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Mon, 05/10/2020 - 09:41

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I think I should completely change my old cv and cover letter in English. I see here a more successful way to apply for a job.

Submitted by YaMaCa on Sun, 04/10/2020 - 08:06

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The CV must have a maximum of 3 pages in some countries just one page. Include references if are requested Expertise summary, describing strong abilities.

Submitted by Samwumi on Mon, 07/09/2020 - 02:27

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In the interest section of the CV, some experts opine that it is an opportunity to tell the recruiter about your versatility and so it may not necessarily contain something related to the job.

Submitted by cadu on Thu, 21/05/2020 - 23:50

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Hi, my advice is be honest with the qualifications and expectations too. The process of search a job must be transparent in order to connect the best candidate with the best company. It is important to mention that the style of leadership and the organizational culture are very important things for consider because the personal preferences.

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

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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

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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.

Submitted by Magedelabd on Fri, 03/04/2020 - 12:59

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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

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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

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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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Hello dear. I'm really learning alot from all these exercises. Thanks to the British Council.

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

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I really like all the lessons of BC

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

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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

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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.

Submitted by Dickson Eyinmo… on Wed, 26/06/2019 - 10:34

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This tips are dope

Submitted by Peter Babajide on Mon, 24/06/2019 - 07:33

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Thank you very much. The only tip to share is that use keywords related to your field.

Submitted by Ebuka john on Tue, 02/04/2019 - 21:19

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This is helpful. Thank you British Council
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