1. What Is the British Standard for a CV?

What Is the British Standard for a CV?

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The British standard for a CV (short for Curriculum Vitae) typically spans 1 to 2 pages and follows the reverse-chronological order. This means putting your most recent work experience first and listing former roles right below. The UK standard paper is A4, while in the US, it’s a Letter-size paper.

In addition to your work history at the top, the British format for a CV begins with your personal details, followed by a personal statement or a CV objective. It then typically lists education qualifications, professional skills, and additional sections. In your CV for the UK market, avoid including personal information such as age, marital status, or a photograph, as they’re considered irrelevant to the application process and may introduce bias.

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