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CV tips for postgraduate researchers

Ensure your CV is relevant for the job role you are applying for and includes evidence of relevant skills, knowledge and attributes.

Writing a CV
Writing a CV

Wherever you are applying, you should consider the skills an employer is looking for in a potential employee. Match your skills against those required by the employer in the job description and evidence base them in your application.

As well as the materials on this page we strongly encourage you to review the materials within the Job Application Resources which are relevant to all job seekers.

Your CV should:

There is no perfect or universally accepted format for a CV, however, a clear and concise CV will be appreciated by any recruiter. In the UK a CV is generally no longer than two pages while in the USA, Europe and some other parts of the world a CV is only a one page document.

Don't underestimate the time taken to create a professional CV that is tailored for a specific role.

Types of CV:

You may also find the Vitae website useful which has information on creating academic and non-academic CVs as well as providing a number of example CVs. You may need to login to access some of the resources.

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