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How to write a CV to work in the UK


A British-style CV should be written based on honesty. That’s because most probably they will check your references and will find out if what you write is accurate. Besides, they value a lot if you show how skilled you are.
Moreover, you should be very careful about the information you reveal about yourself. UK is one of the most wanted countries to work in. As a consequence of competition, there is a lot of discrimination based on simple factors such as nationality. In the UK,
Muslim men are 76% less likely to be employed than their white Christian counterparts, according to research by the Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol.
So, if you want to work in the UK, go ahead and start to think about the most honest way to show how good you are, without revealing too much personal information! Furthermore, if you read the tips we give you, you will be more successful in your applications!

  1. 1. Format/ Structure
  • - When it comes to length, UK CV’s are usually similar to most European models. They should be short and concise, with two pages maximum.
  • - British also value CV’S with a short summary where you write about your key skills and career goals. This can be called a personal statement.
  • - In the UK, your CV can be creative but, first of all, should be simple and easy to read.

  1. 2. Content
  • - Make sure to use UK English rather than US English.
  • - Be aware of any spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • - Always adapt, as much as possible, your CV to the job you are applying to.
  • - English people value a lot if you prove to have soft-skills such as team work and communication. Thus use your work experience to show them!
  • - In the education section only mention your highest diplomas because the lower are implicitly included in the former ones.

  1. 3. Photo and Personal Information
  • - Due to equal opportunity employment legislation, you mustn’t use a photo on your CV.
  • - Also, you should give only essential personal information such as name and contact. Age, gender, religion and nationality should be omitted due to possible discrimination. 

  1. 4. References
  • - References and recommendations are one of the big distinctive factors in the recruitment process in the UK. Thus, you should always refer at least two people, mentioning their position, name, address and phone.
  • - Your references should be related to your previous jobs. If it’s your first job then you can give personal references such as teachers.

If you are thinking instead about moving to Germany, read our tips about how to write a CV to apply for a position there.

By:  Joana Correia

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