There are different formats you can use for your CV to show your skills and experiences in the best way, tailored to the role which you are applying to. You may present the same information but in a slightly different way with alternative headings and structure.
Traditional or reverse-chronological CV
This is the most common type of CV and is suitable for the majority of job seekers. Education and work experience are presented in reverse chronological order to make it easy for the reader to see what you have recently been doing. Our guide on How to write CVs and cover letters is a great starting point for this type of CV and you can also read our blogs on tailoring your CV and how long your CV needs to be for further advice too.
Skills-based or ‘functional’ CV
This format is different to the traditional CV in that you list your education and work experience very briefly and the bulk of the CV is then taken up by demonstrating relevant skills. The skills you mention should be closely matched to the job description. Some people like to include a profile on this type of CV to help put their experience into context.
A skills-based CV can be useful if you’re changing careers or you have lots of experience in a range of sectors and want to show how your varied experience is relevant. If you think this type of CV could be for you read our blog on functional CVs to find out more.
Are used for applying for research assistant roles, fellowships, post-docs and lectureships. An academic CV is generally the only type of CV typically longer than two pages as you’re required to give details of all publications, grants awarded, professional memberships and conferences attended. If you’re applying for an academic position there are some further guidelines about what to include in each section and examples on the LSE Careers website.
If you’re looking for a role in a creative industry such as graphic design, marketing, PR or brand consultancy then an infographic, visual or Prezi CV could be appropriate to show your creativity and design skills. Examples and tools include:
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Once you have a finished draft, book an appointment with one of our careers consultants for feedback before you submit your application. Good luck!