CVs and cover letters

CVs and our top tips

  • Look at examples to find a structure that you can follow as a template.

  • Think about how you intend to use your CV.

  • Check and recheck your spelling, punctuation and grammar.

  • Use space: key statements stand out better against a white background.

  • Have a 'profile' of no more than two sentences at the top.

  • Use a simple and professional e-mail address e.g. not

  • Don’t disclose your full postal address on your CV. Just putting your location is fine e.g. Location: Huddersfield
  • Always tailor and customise your CV each time you use it.

  • CV length: two sides of A4 is enough.

  • Use one clear font and don't overuse underline, bold or italic.

  • Keep it well defined with headings and bullet points.

  • Keep the chronology consistent.

  •  Just put references available on request on your CV. You don’t need to list your references or include their contact information.
  • Watch our video '10 Top Tips for a successful CV' below!

Top 10 CV tips video

Here is a Top 10 CV tips video developed by our Careers Advisers. It builds on the top tips listed above and demonstrates how you should implement those changes.

This video can be adopted for any type of CV, whether you are applying for a part-time role, a placement or a graduate level role. 

Take a look at our guide on CVs for any more support or check out any of the helpful links below!


Cover Letters

You must always include a cover letter with a CV for a professional job application.

"A cover letter demonstrates to employers how well you express yourself so you need to make sure that you don't just repeat your CV or give rambling explanations. Instead use this opportunity to focus on your skills and experience, saving your qualifications for your CV."  Source:

Please find some helpful tips below as well as a copy of our cover letter guide!