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CVs and covering letters

CV formats

The answer to the question 'which format should I use?' is the format that suits your aims and shows you in the best light.

Different CV formats contain mainly the same information but worded in a different way, in different sections and in a different order. These might seem like small changes to make to your CV, but when employers have hundreds to sift through, every little improvement helps.

You can use different CV formats to:

  • draw attention to your strengths
  • target a specific job
  • get across your career aims – to change career or get promotion, for example

Bear in mind that in all CV formats the personal details, personal profile and qualifications sections remain the same. It's your work history and achievements that change in each format.

Read our guides to the different types of CV format.


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National Careers Service advisers can advise you on a format for your CV. If you need help get in touch.

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