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SEVEN ways to improve your CV

A degree on its own is not enough to impress employers! They are looking for well-rounded candidates with a set of transferable skills such as planning, organising, customer care, teamwork and communication.

You have many opportunities to pick up new skills and experience throughout your time at university that will be of value to your future, though:

  • Work placements & internships
  • Gap year
  • Summer jobs or part-time work
  • Voluntary work
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Academic achievements & coursework
  • Online or continuous learning (after graduation)

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On the 4th Day of Christmas…

On the 4th Day of Christmas…

UWS CES brings to you…

FOUR CV Styles

There’s a lot more to landing your dream job than writing a simple CV. But remember it’s what employers typically see first, and their decision to interview you [or not] is often made in the blink of an eye. Your CV is your marketing tool, and must provide a positive first impression.

There is no perfect format for a CV. For graduate jobs in the UK the conventional, ‘reverse chronological’ style is often the most appropriate, but there are occasions, depending on sector or personal circumstances, where a different approach is best.

Chronological CV

Used to match your qualifications and work experience with the requirements for the job role. It is structured in reverse chronological order i.e. the most recent qualifications and experience are listed first.

This type of CV makes it easy for employers to identify potential candidates. This format allows you to provide clear details of your qualifications, work history and responsibilities which match the criteria provided in the job description.

Skills Based CV

The skills-based CV, also known as a functional CV, can be used if you have gaps in your employment history. This type of CV is also useful if you have limited experience or you are applying for a job which is not related to your degree subject.

The skills-based CV allows you to focus on the skills you have developed in various areas of your life which are transferable to different roles and employers.

Academic CV

Academic CVs are focused on your academic achievements and are used when applying for lecturing or research-based roles, including post-doctoral research.

Your research and academic achievements, research interest and specialist skills should be placed on the first page, if possible. Ensure your writing style is scholarly but clearly understood to those outside your field of interest.

Creative CV

Students and graduates seeking to establish themselves in the competitive world of the creative industries need to demonstrate a range of qualities and skills, if they are to stand out amongst the scores of applicants for every opportunity. The message will be conveyed not simply by words, but by the visual integrity of the document, by attention to detail and by originality.
Click here for some inspiration on Creative CVs.
Check out the Creative CV Guide book in the University library for more advice on this.

Kick Start Your Career – Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton & Paisley Campuses

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Exams over what next?


Why not rev up your career prospects by attending one of our Kick Start your Career session with the help of The Careers and Employability Service.


These sessions are specifically designed for students leaving and seeking employment.  These motivational sessions will help you look at what you can offer an employer and how to communicate your message along with key job sources.




These session will take place on all campuses.  If you would like to attend, please email with your name, banner number, course and which campus you would like to attend,  to Lindsay McDonald (Careers Adviser)




Full details of the session are listed below


Kick Start you Career Sessions


Ayr campus:                       Wednesday 4th June 2014                            11am -1pm                                          Room TBC


Dumfries Campus:           Wednesday 4th June 2014                            11pm – 1pm                                       Room R204


Hamilton Campus:           Monday 26th May 2014                                  10am  – 12pm                                     Room A062


Paisley Campus:               Thursday 29th May 2014                                 10am – 12pm                                     Room D124




The format:


  •  What Employers look for?  (skills and attributes)
  • Dispel the myths about the graduate job market
  • Advice on CVs and Applications
  • Job search tactics and resources
  • Interview tips and techniques
  • Using Social Media for your career
  • Careers and Employability Service –how we can help
  • Q and A session


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