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Sections of a CV

Sections of a CV

Each section in a CV has a specific function. Ensure you put the correct material in each section to allow a potential employer easy access to your information.

There are seven key sections to a CV and each of these sections contains specific information of relevance to your potential employer. Select the sections below to gain information on what should and should not be included in your CV.

Personal details

The personal details section provides the employer with standard information as to who you are and how they can contact you.


  • Your full name - your name should be the heading for the first page of your CV.
  • Your current address and postcode.
  • A daytime telephone number and a mobile number (if available).
  • A professional e-mail address e.g. j.smith@gmail.com.

Do not include:

  • The words CV or Curriculum Vitae. Your name is the title.
  • A photo.
  • Your age or date of birth.
  • Your marital status, sex, race or religion.
  • An unprofessional e-mail address e.g. rockandrollchick@hotmail.com.

Personal profile

The personal profile is a short paragraph providing the employer with a positive statement as to who you are. It should be positive and factual. Further information on using positive and appropriate words is available from the Choosing your words section.


  • Your personal statement written in the 3rd person.
  • Positive key words e.g. responsible, effective, creative, and reliable. Follow this link for a full list of positive key words and phrases.
  • Only information that can be supported. You should be able to evidence any content included in your personal statement.
  • Information relevant to the job you’re applying for. If you’re job is in sales, reference your sales skills.

Do not include:

  • A 1st person narrative e.g. ‘I am’ or ‘I have’.
  • Unnecessary or over the top self praise. Phrases like ‘My unrelenting loyalty never fails to impress anyone I meet’ should be avoided.
  • Inappropriate references or humour.
  • Information which is incorrect or cannot be supported with real examples.
  • Downloaded personal statements from American websites. The employer will definitely notice and your CV will be binned!

Education and training

The education section of your CV is a chance to include details of all of your educational qualifications. Below are details of what should be included in this list for your degree, A-Levels and GCSEs.


  • A list of your relevant education and training, starting with the most recent.
  • The dates (month and year) you began and ended your study.
  • The name and location of the educational institution.
  • The level of study awarded.
  • For your degree, you can include any relevant modules studied and/or an overview of your final year project or dissertation and the transferable skills you gained.
  • Any relevant placements or options undertaken during study.
  • Any additional training or qualifications you have undertaken, e.g. NVQs through work, project management qualification etc.

Do not include:

Any incorrect information. Ensure any grades you note are accurate as employers will check.

Employment history

This section should include all relevant employment you have been engaged in. This can include full-time or part-time work experience, placements or voluntary work you have undertaken.


  • A list of your relevant employment history starting with the most recent.
  • The dates (month and year) you began and ended your employment. Add ‘to present date’ for any employment you are still engaged in.
  • Name and location of your employer.
  • Relevant full-time or part-time work experience, placements or voluntary work you have undertaken.
  • Key responsibilities and achievements during the employment.
  • Key awards or commendations you received during your employment.
  • Reasons for any employment gaps, e.g. career break, returning to studies, travelling etc.

Do not include:

  • Your current or projected salary.
  • A gap in your employment.
  • Derogatory comments about your existing or previous employers.
  • Irrelevant work history e.g. noting a paper round you had when you were aged 14 may not be relevant if applying for a graduate training scheme position in international banking.

Additional skills and experience

The additional skills and experience section is designed to enable you to highlight any additional information which may be relevant to a potential employer. For example:

  • IT Skills – name the application and level of skill e.g. Microsoft Office with intermediate Microsoft Word and advanced Microsoft Excel.
  • Membership of professional bodies.
  • Language skills - indicate your skill level, for example, fluent in Yoruba and conversational Spanish.


The interests section is designed to enable you to add any further relevant information which does not sit in any of the sections above. These interests may be personal, social, or academic. Everyone has interests but not all will be relevant for a CV. You should pick and choose those which show variety to your personality and which you would be happy to share with work colleagues. Try to choose a mixture of activities that you do alone and with others.

Employers do look at the interests section on your CV so use it well. For example, stating that you enjoy entertaining family and friends shows that you are a sociable person who enjoys being with and supporting others. Ensure your examples are explained. For example, it is not enough to state that you enjoy reading you need to state what you read, for example, the Economist and Terry Pratchett novels.

This section can include any of the following information.

  • Membership of local or community groups.
  • Sports or social clubs.
  • University teams or groups.
  • Intellectual activities.


You do not need to provide details of your referees on a CV unless you have been specifically asked to by an employer. A note stating ‘References provided on request’ is sufficient.