1. What Should Be Included in a CV Checklist?

What Should Be Included in a CV Checklist?

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A well-written CV typically consists of 6 essential elements: contact information, personal statement, work experience, education, skills, and additional sections. Here are the key components you should include in each:

1. Contact information:

  • Full name
  • Professional title
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • LinkedIn profile
  • Personal website or portfolio
  • Location (city and country)

2. Personal statement:

  • 2–3 sentences summarising your key qualifications, experience, and what you bring to the role.

3. Work experience:

  • Job title
  • Company name
  • Location
  • Dates of employment
  • Bullet points highlighting key achievements
  • Quantifiable results to demonstrate impact

4. Education:

  • Degree(s) earned
  • Major/Field of study
  • University/School name
  • Graduation date
  • Grades or classification (e.g., 2:1, First Class)
  • Relevant coursework (optional)

5. Skills:

  • Hard skills
  • Soft skills

6. Additional sections:

  • Languages spoken
  • Certifications and training
  • Awards and honours
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Relevant activities
  • Hobbies and interests

Remember that a successful CV not only has a good structure, but it is also well-formatted, customised to the job offer, and ATS-compliant.

To tick all the boxes, consider using a professional CV builder. It will guide you through a well-structured, ready-made CV template that follows best practices and makes CV writing much easier.

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LiveCareer UK Editorial Team
LiveCareer UK Editorial Team

Since 2013, the LiveCareer UK team has shared the best advice to help you advance your career. Experts from our UK editorial team have written more than one hundred guides on how to write the perfect CV or cover letter.

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