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Curriculum Vitae

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume is a document summarising the relevant aspects of your career to date. This is normally a 2-page document which can be presented in a variety of formats. All CVs , however, cover the following areas:

  • Personal Details: Name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
  • Education: Dates and details of universities attended and degree results
    Main subjects studies and details of major projects
    Leaving Certificate results and dates
  • Work Experience: Details of any work experience in reverse chronological order i.e. the most recent first.
    Details should cover: dates, name of employer, duties or responsibilities.
    Include CoOp experience, summer work, part-time work and voluntary work.
  • Skills: Mention specific skills not already covered e.g. Computer skills - listing packages used, Language skills, Driving licence.
  • Interests and Achievements: List interests, hobbies, involvement in clubs and societies, awards, etc.
  • Referees: If you don't have space to list names and addresses of two referees, (one academic and one work-related), then state that 'references can be provided on request'.
    Remember to ask permission of referees in advance.

Tips and guidelines for CVs

  • Restrict yourself to 2 pages
  • Develop a format to suit your needs
  • Keep it simple and concise
  • Use action words and bullet points
  • Avoid gaps
  • Allocate space according to importance of the information
  • Place most relevant information first for maximum impact
  • Check spelling and punctuation
  • Make sure it looks well - first impressions count.

Download a Sample CV - Undergraduate

Download a Sample CV - Education

Download a Sample CV - Business

Download a Sample CV - Computing and Multimedia

Download a Sample CV - Humanities and Teaching

Download a Sample CV - Nursing

Download a Sample CV - Mature Student

Download a Sample CV - Postgrad Student

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