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The CV in the UK
A British CV should be 2 pages long, tops (A4 format). It only consists of facts and numbers. The reasons for applying and the candidate’s skills for the position go in the cover letter, not the Curriculum Vitae (CV).
The following information should be included:
- Personal information.
- Studies (mentioning centers, dates and places, but not grades).
- Working experience (with dates, starting witht the most recent job).
References and recommendations are a big part of the hiring process in the UK; 74% of the companies get in touch with the enterprises. The CV should mention positions, names, addresses and phone numbers of at least 2 people.
UK employers give great importance to hobbies and personal achievements (other activities in school, leadership positions, etc.). Include these items in your CV but don’t brag about them because in the UK, modesty is appreciated.
Many British enterprises prefer a CV with an American format, which starts with the most recent job.
This kind of CV is less structured and sometimes shorter than the typical one. However, it can also consist of 3 to 5 pages.
The main differences are its order is not chronological and the professional goal is included, at the beginning or the end. Dates may be included but what should stand out are the candidate’s skills and experience.
Source: empleo.universia.es (Spanish version)