This article will explain what a curriculum vitae (CV) is and provide some basic tips for writing a CV. It will also tell you where you can find further help and guidance with CVs.
A curriculum vitae (CV) is a brief summary of your achievements and skills and is sent to recruiters when applying for jobs, training places and, occasionally, courses of study. The University of Portsmouth’s employability service, Purple Door is here to help you with all aspects of applying for jobs, including help with your CV.
What do I include on my CV?
There is no such thing as the perfect CV! There are no set rules about CV writing and the structure and format can vary significantly depending on the purpose. Below is a list of pointers to get you started, but there are different types of CVs. Please have a look at the examples Purple Door has put together for you.
Do you have example CVs?
Purple Door have written and developed a range of example CVs to give you an idea about the layout and important things to include for specific sectors.
The following leaflets will also be helpful when constructing your CV:
To view these please visit our website.
Where can I get my CV reviewed?
Purple Door, the University of Portsmouth’s employability service, have a dedicated team of friendly, experienced advisers on hand to talk to you. You can drop-in at Purple Door at any time during our opening hours or call us on +44 (0) 23 9284 2684. You can also access a wide range of information and advice on our website at www.port.ac.uk/purpledoor.
How to contact us
Visit us at:
University of Portsmouth
28 Guildhall Walk
Telephone or Email:
t: +44 (0) 23 9284 2684