CVs: an overview
A CV (curriculum vitae) is a brief account of your education, qualifications, skills and work based experience, used mainly when applying for a job. Your CV is your first opportunity to tell an employer what you can do. A well written CV can make the difference between getting an interview and not being considered for the role.
A good CV should:
- be factual and accurate
- be targeted to the job you're applying for
- be short - ideally no more than 2 pages/sides of A4
- convey an impression of what you'd be like as an employee
- be easy to read, engaging and look professional.
What to include in a CV
You should include:
It’s also useful to include a ‘personal profile’ or short paragraph highlighting your key skills and career aims to catch the eye of your potential employer.
If you've studied an Open degree, it can be helpful to list the modules you've studied to indicate the subject areas you've covered.
You don’t need to include:
Get tips from employers through the Video Hub
On the Video Hub you can browse videos from experienced hiring managers and career coaches and find out how to write a CV based on real-life employer views. You have access to the Video Hub through your OU account if you’re a current OU student or completed your study within the last three years. If you're not sure how to sign-in, see Help with signing into OU systems. You'll find more information about our careers tools and services, including how to manage your data, in About the Careers and Employability Services.
Signing into Abintegro
If you’re currently studying with the Open University or have completed your study within the last three years, you can access Abintegro using your OU account.
When signing in you’ll be asked to enter your username, which is either your OU computer username (OUCU) or the email address we use to communicate with you, and your usual OU password. You can find your contact email address and your OUCU in your Contact details on StudentHome.
If you meet the criteria above and are having problems accessing Abintegro, please contact the Computing Helpdesk.
If you have an OU account but have not yet started your studies, or if you completed your study over three years ago, you are not eligible to access the Abintegro platform. You can however access a range of information and advice on career planning, job seeking and the recruitment process in Careers and Employability. You can also find out more About the Careers and Employability Services as well as links to services for OU alumni and other careers services.