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CV Writing

Having a really well laid out CV is integral to a successful application. It is the first point of contact you will have with your potential employer – it’s where you will express yourself, your skills, your experience and your education.

On average, your CV will only have 20 seconds to impress the hiring manager. This means:

  • Your most important information should come at the top of your CV, starting with your most current place of employment.
  • Set your CV out in an easy-to-read format, allowing the hiring manager to quickly skim read it for the relevant information they require.
  • Be concise and to the point. If you feel you need to go into more detail around your background or circumstances, you can cover this in a covering letter.

In the employment section of your CV be sure to include the ‘to’ and ‘from’ dates for every place of employment and a few bullet points explaining your main responsibilities at each one. You don’t need to list every responsibility as these will be covered in further detail should you make it to the interview stage.

Similarly to the employment section of your CV, the education section should include all your qualifications, starting with the most current. Follow this with any extra-curricular achievements and training courses you feel will enhance your CV. If IT skills are pertinent to the role you’re applying for list these out too and include how advanced you are with each of them.

The personal section is for any hobbies or interests you have. List all of these, even if they aren’t relevant to the role. They will give the employer an idea of who you are as a person and how you might fit into their team socially.

Below you’ll find an example CV template for you to use. It’s simple and clear layout is easy to use and will help to highlight your skills and experience within the pharmaceutical or life sciences industries. If you’re applying for a creative role there is more scope to let your creativity flow by using your CV more like an online portfolio of your work.

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