10 CV samples UK

CV samples UK

If you want to land the very best jobs on the market, you need an impressive CV.

When writing your CV, a great way to ensure that you are on the right track is by checking out some professional CV samples for inspiration and guidance.

Check out these 10 sample CVs that have been used by our customers to secure job interviews in competitive markets. 

There is one CV from each major UK profession.

You can also download our free professional CV template to help you create a highly effective CV in minutes.

 

Select your CV industry (or the closest one) from this list:

Admin & office support | Customer service | Education/Teaching | Finance/Accounting | Graduate & School leaver | Information technology | Management | Marketing | Project management | Sales

 

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Admin & office support CV sample

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Creating a strong admin or office support CV

To land jobs in the administration and office support fields, your CV must show recruiters that you are able to provide a range business support functions that are critical to the running of a company.

This CV does so in the following ways:

 

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The CV profile gives a high-level summary of the candidate’s experience including the types of company they work for, and the seniority of the managers they support.

It also covers some of the important tasks they are capable of carrying out, such as creating professional documents and internal communications.

 

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The core skills section gives readers a very quick snapshot of highly sought-after admin skills such as diary management, call handling, copy typing speed and client liaison. This will create a good first impression on recruiters and make the candidate seem instantly suitable for admin roles.

 

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The role descriptions start with an introduction that tells readers what the employer’s business is, where the candidate sits within the hierarchy, who they support and what the overall goal of the role is.

Key responsibilities are then bullet pointed to show details of the exact tasks carried out by the candidate and how they impact the business.

Important responsibilities for this candidate include booking travel for directors, arranging viewings, handling enquiries and managing incoming emails.

 

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Older roles from several years ago are shortened down to brief summaries as recruiters will not want to read much detail so far back in the candidate's history.

 

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Education is kept brief but still highlights important qualifications for office support roles such BTEC Business Studies and Advanced Legal Word Processing

 

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Customer Support CV

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Creating a strong customer service CV

As a customer service candidate, you need to show employers that you can interact with customers in a polite, knowledgeable and helpful manner, whilst ensuring that you are always acting in your company’s best interest.

This CV does so in the following ways:

 

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The candidate’s profile provides readers with a good introduction, showing their overall level of customer service experience, the fact that they are familiar with banking environments, and the types of customers they deal with.

 

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The core skills section highlights the types of customer interactions they are experienced in, such as complaint handling and money transfers. It also mentions their language skills (French & German) which could potentially be very important for a customer facing role.

 

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The roles start with an introduction to show recruiters the nature of the employer’s business, where the candidate operates from and how the role aims to serve customers.

Bullet pointed responsibilities then describe precise actions taken to serve customers, follow company protocols and promote offers and sales.

Important aspects that this candidate has included to attract customer service recruiters are, transaction processing, managing customer databases, queue walking to assist customers and meeting customer complaint resolution targets.

 

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Education/Teaching CV

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Creating a strong education CV

CVs in the education field need to demonstrate your ability to control classrooms, engage students and work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure that you are delivering the highest results in examinations and assessments.

This CV does so in the following ways:

 

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This candidate’s profile gives recruiters all of the important details that are needed for education positions such as ages/skill levels of students taught, length of teaching experience, types of institution worked in and curriculum taught.

 

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The core skills give readers a really good snapshot of the candidate’s offerings from just a quick glance. Important skills for this candidate include KS1 knowledge, classroom preparation and SEN support.

 

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The role descriptions start with a high-level outline that sets the scene by describing the type of students taught and the overall goal of the role.

Crucial teaching responsibilities are then detailed to show the candidates impact, including lesson planning, observations and marking.

 

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Finance/Accounting CV

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Creating a strong finance/accounting CV

In a finance role, you will generally be responsible for the recording of a company’s financial records, tax reporting and ensuring the books are balanced. You need to show that you are suitably qualified, good with numbers and can manage complex financial arrangements.

This CV does so in the following ways:

 

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The CV profile summarises the candidate’s level of qualification, the type of companies they work for and areas of financial expertise.

 

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The core skills section gives recruiters a very quick impression of the candidate’s most in-demand finance skills such as internal auditing, asset management and due diligence.

 

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The role description gives a high-level summary of the role, showing who the candidate works for, where they sit within the organisation and broadly what aspects of financial activities they manage.

Key responsibilities give detailed points of specific finance tasks carried out such as internal audit, board level meetings, compliance, payroll and training other staff members.

The role is rounded up with a key achievement that shows a large amount of money saved by the candidate due to a process improvement they implemented.

 

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Qualifications and professional memberships are important in finance because they are often legally required to carry out certain functions, so this candidate has included a section to expand on them.

 

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Candidate’s accounting IT system (Sage, Quick Books) experience has been laid out in full as employers will want to know if their own systems will be compatible with staff knowledge.

 

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Graduate & school leaver CV

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Creating a graduate or school leaver CV

As a school leaver or graduate, the main challenge you will face is your lack of paid-for work experience. To combat this problem you must find other means of showcasing your skills such as; school/university projects, work placements, volunteering and personal projects.

The sample CV above is for a candidate who is looking to apply for roles in the music industry, but has no direct work experience in the field.

 

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The CV profile gives a summary of the candidate’s educational achievements in detail, along with personal passions and projects that relate to their target roles (music). You will notice that there is no mention of the candidate’s paid part-time student roles in retail because they are not relevant to the music positions the candidate is applying to.               

 

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Bullet pointed core skills all relate directly to the music industry and again come from a variety of sources outside of paid work.

In order to give this CV a boost, there is an “ongoing musical pursuits” section added to demonstrate the candidate’s dedication to their field. This includes a wealth of personal projects such as club DJing and playing instruments at events.

 

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The candidate’s roles are not relevant to their target roles, so they have been kept brief. However they are still well structured and showcase plenty of valuable workplace skills such as communication, people skills and team work.

 

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As a junior candidate, it is essential to expand on your education to show off more of your capabilities and knowledge. This candidate has not only written out their qualifications, but has also included modules, examinations and projects.

 

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Another way of compensating for a lack of experience, is by detailing hobbies and interest that will boost your application. This candidate has written about their passion and for music, but you could also include sports activities/achievements, published writing work, fund raising, or anything that could be impressive or relevant.

 

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Information Technology CV

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Creating a strong IT CV

As an IT professional, you need to demonstrate your level of technical expertise and how you apply your skills in the workplace to maintain and improve the running of an organisation. Remember that non-technical staff will also be reviewing your CV, so it must be written in a manner that can be understood by all.

 

This CV does so in the following ways:

 

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This profile gives a high level of the candidate’s IT expertise and the types of organisations they work for, which in this case is IT infrastructure support, troubleshooting and networking across large public and private organisations.

 

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The core skills give a good summary of the candidate’s most valued technical skills such as Cisco, MCTIP and Windows but also touches upon some key business support functions like SLAs and call log management.

 

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The role starts with an outline by detailing the company and more importantly the number of users supported by the candidate, and in what capacity support is provided.

Responsibilities then give a more detailed description of work that the candidate is involved in, such as issue diagnosis, hardware installation and network maintenance. You will notice there is plenty of technology information (Active directory, MacBooks,  Windows server etc.) to show recruiters the technical environments that the candidate is capable of working in.

 

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As an IT specialist, it is important to include an extensive list of your technology knowledge to ensure that you are found in relevant recruiter searches. The most important of these points should be repeated at the top of your CV (in the profile/core skills) to ensure they are not missed.

 

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Management CV sample

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Creating a strong management CV

Broadly speaking, managers are required to lead companies or teams towards operational and strategic goals, optimise performance and keep staff happy and motivated. If you are applying to management roles, your CV must demonstrate your leadership abilities and back them up with some tangible results.

 

This CV does so in the following ways:

 

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This candidate’s profile shows readers the industries they have experience in, the type of teams and operations they lead and how their input benefits the running of their employers’ businesses.

 

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Core skills highlight some relevant and high-demand management skills for the candidate’s industry (property) such as tenant liaison, estate management, budgeting and team leadership.

 

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The role descriptions start with an outline that describes the employer’s business and where the candidate sits within the hierarchy. It also explains the operation being managed with plenty of numbers to give readers scale.

Short sharp bullet points show the skills and knowledge put into the daily activities such as financial reporting, budget management, supplier liaison etc.

Quantifiable key achievements show the results of the candidate’s efforts such as increases in sales.

 

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Marketing CV

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Creating a strong marketing CV

A business’s marketing department are responsible for attracting customers and generating leads across a variety of mediums. So whether you are an online marketing specialist or work with other methods such as print or radio; your CV must show recruiters your ability to contribute to campaigns and produce results in line with your employers’ goals.

 

This CV does so in the following ways:

 

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The profile gives a high-level summary of the candidate’s specialism in digital marketing and elaborates further to include sought after knowledge such as SEO, social media and PPC. It also highlights industry experience, a relevant degree, and shows that the candidate is capable of driving thousands of visitors to websites – which is a huge selling point for a marketer.

 

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Core skill terms jump out of the page at the reader highlighting more important talents such as campaign management, content marketing and audience engagement.

 

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Roles start with an outline to describe the type of company worked for, size of team that candidate leads, and summarises the overall goal of the roledriving high converting traffic to websites.

Responsibilities delve into more detail, explaining the types of campaigns being led, audiences being attracted, technical knowledge and communication with senior staff.

The role is rounded up with an impressive achievement detailing engagement figures of a recent campaign and even the revenue generated from it.

 

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Candidate’s qualifications are not marketing related, so are kept brief to save space.

You can take a look at our digital marketing CV writing guide for a more in-depth look into this field.

 

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Project Manager CV

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Creating a strong project manager CV

As a project manager, you are required to coordinate teams and activities to deliver positive change for clients or stakeholders. Planning, scheduling, organisation and leadership are some of the many attributes you should be highlighting to prove that you can deliver projects on time, on budget, and to customer satisfaction.

 

This CV does so in the following ways:

 

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The CV profile clearly states the types of projects that the candidate is experienced in (IT infrastructure), the typical project value he works with, and the types of companies he has the most exposure to.

It goes on to expand on his Infrastructure specialisms (Web casting, video conferencing etc.) and explains how the projects he leads, benefit employers.

 

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Core skills give a snapshot of candidate’s technical skills and important project management terms such as Prince2 and requirements capturing.

 

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Roles begin with a description of the project and its goal along with the candidate’s position in the project. They have included important metrics such as project monetary value and number of users affected.

Bullet points then show the candidate’s input in detail to show the actions they have led and people they have interacted with during the project. Important skills include stakeholder management, planning, tracking and vendor management.

Key achievements show impressive benefits that the candidate has delivered such as cost savings and delivering ahead of schedule.

 

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This candidate has a large number of dated roles, so they have been shortened down in order to keep the CV under 2 pages in length.

 

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As a technical project manager, this candidate has included a brief but extensive list of their most important technical knowledge and project-based qualifications.

We have a detailed project manager CV writing guide if you need further support writing your project manager CV.

 

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Sales CV

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Creating a strong sales manager CV

Sales staff are the front line of any business and they are largely relied upon to generate income through sales of products or services. As a sales professional, your CV must show a flare for customer relationships, motivation, hard work and ultimately - results.

 

This CV does so in the following ways:

 

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The profile overviews the types of company the candidate is familiar with and the types of customers they sell to. It also describes some of their product knowledge and some of their in-demand sales skills such as relationship management, assessing customer needs and increasing profitability.

 

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Core skills give a snapshot of their in-depth product knowledge such as corporate finance, whilst also reiterating sales talents like presentation and account management.

 

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Roles begin with an explanation of the types of products and services that the candidate sells and the client base they are responsible for.

Responsibilities are bullet pointed to quickly describe the candidate’s day-to-day actions as well as interactions with clients and colleagues. Valuable skills include client identification, portfolio growth, account management and regulatory compliance.

Results are crucial in sales roles, so the candidate has included plenty of quantified achievements

 

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Sales is a competitive industry so this candidate has included some professional awards to show they are a high achiever. 

 

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