How to write a GREAT UK CV or application and find a job: Part 2

Posted by KarenDeadfield on 11 December 2014

Earlier this term, we posted some questions and answers to help you draft a great CV. With the vacation fast approaching, now is a great time to review your CV so here are a few more questions which will help you look at the detail of what to include:

Q: Can we include a photo in the CV in the UK?

A: This is generally not required. However, there are some jobs where what you look like matters, such as for acting or dancing roles, and then you do need to include one.

Q: Is it necessary to include an address?

A: It is not necessary on a UK CV but it might be useful for them to know you are already based in the UK.

Q: What font is acceptable on a CV?

A: Arial 12 and Calibri 11 are often suggested but use any font that is clear and easy to read.

Q: What if my grades were bad?

A: You have to be honest about your grades. If they are not as good as you would like, emphasise other achievements. You could also contact the employer to check whether they use this as a criterion to rule an application out or to see if there is something they would count as equivalent such as comparable experience.

Q: Do we need to list all subjects that we have taken & grades we have got?

A: It depends. At GCSE equivalent, it’s best to say how many subjects you studied and list the grades for English, Maths and any other relevant subjects e.g. Science if you are applying to teach Science. At A-Level equivalent, you need to include all grades.

Q: How can we define our language skills? Can we use the international reference levels table?

A: It’s not certain that an employer would be familiar with this classification. If the employer asks for language skills, then use the levels they describe. Otherwise, explain clearly what you can do. For example, do you have ‘fluent written and spoken Arabic’, are you ‘bilingual Spanish / English’ or can you claim ‘good business level spoken French’.

Q: Is it necessary to try to incorporate one's key achievements relevant to a job in the 1st page

A: There may be hundreds of applications for each job so you should start from what the employer is looking for as listed in the job description. It is a good idea to get your key achievements that address this list on the first page. There are different ways to do this so talk to your Careers Consultant about the best way in your case. And remember that you need to tailor your CV for each job you apply for.

Q: When I explain my previous employment should I write in paragraphs or bullet points?

A: Research has shown that recruiters tend not to read much text. They search for key words, usually the skills they have listed on the Job Description. So, putting your skills against bullet points help you to get noticed for the right reasons!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Webinar and do please send us any updates, especially if your updated CV gets you an interview! Good luck!

Topics: job hunting, CVs and applications, International Students

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