CVs and Cover Letters


Curriculum Vitae (CV) is Latin for “course of life.”

Employers want to know that you have the skills and experience required for the job they are advertising.

It is important to prepare a ‘general’ CV to keep as a master copy which documents all of your:

  • technical and personal skills
  • work, and community and volunteer experience
  • qualifications and education
  • referees (you can include referees or note that referees are available on request).
  • an objective and personal statement
  • achievements
  • interests

This ‘general’ CV will be your base to pull information from for specific jobs so you can tailor your CV to suit the job you are applying for. This is known as a ‘targeted’ CV.  Employers have many applicant CVs to look through and do not have much time to spend on each one.  Therefore, it is important to grab their attention with the most relevant information straight away e.g relevant work experience, or skills or particular personal attributes they have asked for in the job advertisement.

Use the template below to prepare a ‘general’ CV that you can use as a master copy in the future to prepare more targeted CVs for specific jobs of interest to you.

CV & Cover Letter Template


Cover Letters

The main purpose of a cover letter is to interest the employer in reading your CV and explain why you are believe you the best person for the job.  Use the template in the link above to formulate cover letters to accompany your CV when applying for different jobs.