CVs for different purposes and examples

Use these examples and tips to see how you can tailor your CV for the job you are applying for. Think about how the different layouts, language and examples of experience given contribute to the overall effectiveness of the CV.

One page or resumé style CV

There are some institutions e.g. Investment banks who may ask you to produce a one page CV. (Always check the application instructions).

  • Be concise with your academic experience.
  • Focus more on any relevant work experience you may have had (eg internships or work shadowing).
  • Include any achievements and key skills (eg languages/ IT) you may have had.
  • Personal interests and hobbies are also good to include.
  • Competition for positions is fierce in investment banking, so it's important that when a recruiter receives your CV, they get a clear synopsis of who you are and what makes you suitable for their firm.
  • If you are using a one page CV this will normally require a longer covering letter.

This style of CV is also suitable for applying for most jobs in the USA.

Creative industries including advertising

There are no firm rules on whether it is advisable to send a "creative" CV for a creative job.

Sending a creative CV can be a gamble. If considering a creative approach, try to gauge the nature of the organisation. If they have a conventional recruitment programme, and are likely to receive hundreds of applications, a creative CV may not be welcome. Read what the organisation says about itself to decide whether they would respond well to something quirky.

The academic CV

An academic CV is used for applying for an academic job, e.g. a lecturing or research led role normally at a University. This CV will be focussed on the job description (as always) but is likely to include a list of research papers, conferences and funding. This means the CV will usually be more than 2 pages long.

An academic CV should not be confused with a CV used to apply for a Masters or PhD course which will normally be 2 pages in length. It will focus on the requirements of the course and so may have a section on research interests.

More examples

You will see some applicants are applying for roles directly related to their degree, while others are applying for careers open to applicants from any degree or with a particular career path in mind. There is no exact formula for creating the perfect CV but here are some examples (you’ll see they’re all different).

By looking at the job description or advertisement given with each CV below you can see how the applicant has tailored their CV specifically for that role.

Further examples showing different layouts