There are a variety of CV styles for non-academic roles that you may come across in the UK, but the most commonly used tend to be:
- Reverse Chronological – often referred to as the traditional CV. Follow this link to a simple example on the Prospects website.
Skills based – often used when applying for a role where your experience may not be directly relevant, but you have developed and can evidence key transferable skills. Here is another simple example from Prospects.
- Hybrid – you can also combine a skills & reverse chronological CV. This style gives you a little bit more freedom when tailoring to the job description and person specification. You can choose to weave key skills through your experiences or have a short, separate key skills section with evidence to back-up your claims. You can use headings and subheadings to help you bring key experiences or qualifications together without worrying about the date order in which they occurred i.e. you can showcase the most relevant first even if it isn’t the most recent. Here is a downloadable and annotated example of a Hybrid CV.
By carrying out careful background research you will identify the most relevant style for the organisation you are applying to and for the stage you are in your career. If you want to see examples of CVs, in different formats, focusing on a variety of skills and attributes, you can head over to Prospects and look at their example CVs. Vitae also have a fantastic resource with CV examples, showing difference versions of the same CV as an academic CV, and in chronological and skills based formats.
What’s the purpose of my CV? It is the document that gets you through to the next step of the application process, it doesn’t get you the job. It is the first thing a potential employer will see, therefore you need to view it as a marketing document that is carefully tailored to the role you are applying for and remember – first impressions always count!
What do I need to do to create a powerful CV?
The following questions and suggested actions will help you get started.