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CVs for different scenarios How to write a CV (curriculum vitae)

You may have gaps in your employment history or have information you need to disclose to a prospective employer. These example CVs can provide some tips and advice on how to explain these scenarios.

If you're making a career change, see an example of a CV with a career change (PDF, 248KB)

If you have a gap in your career history, see an example of a skills-based CV with a career break (PDF, 313KB)

If you have a criminal record, here are 'before' and 'after' CV examples with advice provided from a careers consultant, for a student who served a criminal sentence.

If you have a disability

If you have a disability, read our article on Explaining a disability when applying for jobs for further advice.

Covering letters for different scenarios

See example covering letters for different scenarios including disclosing a criminal record, telling an employer about a disability and requesting work experience.

CV etiquette between different countries

CVs are often called different things in other countries. For example in the USA and Canada, a CV is known as a ‘resume’ and tends to be a briefer document. There can be differences between the usual content, format and length so if you're living or applying for work outside the UK, it’s important to get familiar with the CV etiquette in the country you're targeting.

Front cover of Your Career Planning Guide

Your Career Planning Guide

Deciding what you want to do with your career can feel like the start of an exciting journey, but it can also feel daunting if you're not sure where to start. Your Career Planning Guide (PDF 3.98MB) is available to all students, you'll need to be signed in to access the guide.

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