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Writing a Good Curriculum Vitae

When applying for new posts, it is important to write a good curriculum vitae. This will give the interviewer an insight into your skills and background. It is important to keep this formal and to the point, making sure that you include only the relevant information. The length of the CV depends upon your experience, however, do not worry if it takes between ten and fifteen A4 pages.

The CV should take the following form:

Personal Details:

This section should include only the most relevant information

  • Name (as it appears on your GMC registration)
  • Contact details - address, contact telephone number and email address (the email address should be formal, if you have a novelty one e.g. gingerspice@****** it may be worth setting up a 'professional' email account
  • GMC registration number and National Training number


Your date of birth, marital status, and status of driving licence should be included in the miscellaneous section as these are not highly important pieces of information.


Education and Qualifications:

this section should be laid out in reverse chronological order

  • University degree - including awards, prizes, scholarships, intercalated degree
  • School - A' Levels, GCSE's (or O' Levels)


Career Statement:

This should be a short statement explaining the direction that you would like your career to take in relation to the post. Keep this statement short and to the point.


Current Appointment:

It should include your current role and the date which it began 

  • Outline the core skills and responsibilities which you have undertaken; ordered in the role most appropriate to the role that you are applying for.


Previous Employment:

Presented in reverse chronological order 

  • Should include, dates, roles and a brief summary of responsibilities, skills or achievements


Evidence of Experience and Achievements:

This could be divided into two sections; Relevant Experience and Additional Experience

  • This section does not need to be presented chronologically because it is important that the most relevant experience is clear to the reader, however, make sure that all experience is dated and that there are no 'gaps'
  • List your experience under headings making it clear what type of experience it is: teaching, management, publications, audits, and presentations



These should be listed as interests rather than hobbies. Try to make the interests that you list relevant to the role that you are applying for. This may be through developing qualities which can be carried over into your professional role.



This section may be added, however it should be kept brief. If you are to include this section, it would be appropriate to include marital status, date of birth and status of your driving licence.


Additional Notes:

When writing your CV, remember to be concise in your writing. Only add information which is relevant. It is appropriate to use bullet points and a tabular form (with lines removed) in order to keep the document readable.

In order to ensure that your CV looks professional, try to avoid unusual fonts which make it difficult to read, the ideal font size should be between 10 and 12 point. Avoid using underlining to make items stand out, use bold or capitalised print for headers and italics for information within the text.


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