Which Type of CV Should I Write?

It’s essential to present your objectives, achievements and abilities in the right way when applying for a job. If you’re unsure about how to write a CV, it may be worth reaching out to the likes of PurpleCV, a team of experts that offer one of the UK’s best CV writing services.

But, which type of CV should you write?  

There are three kinds of CVs, including:

  • A traditional CV (otherwise known as chronological)
  • An experience-based CV (or functional)
  • A combined CV
  • Academic CV 

Chronological CV

One of the most preferred and popular formats for writing a CV is the chronological CV. This type of CV presents your education and work history in date order, with the most recent at the top. This format of CV includes your qualifications and education as well as hobbies. On the front, you could even include a brief personal statement, detailing your main skills and strengths.

Functional CV

A functional CV focuses on your capabilities and talents. It’s the best type to use if you need to show particular accomplishments and skills you’ve achieved to validate your experience. It’s worth listing your training in the order of its significance. This type of CV works well for fresh graduates who have hardly any work experience, students moving into the job market for the first time, or entry-level applicants.

Combination CV

A combination CV is a blend of both the functional and chronological format. Thus, the combination CV tends to be a little longer than the others. If you’re seeking a career change and have some applicable expertise for the new industry, this is a brilliant choice of format. The combination CV may also benefit an individual wanting to show more abilities than the work experience permits, or wouldn’t otherwise have highlighted sufficiently. 

Academic CV 

If you’re a postgraduate, then this CV format is for you, as it draws attention to projects you’ve completed, what subjects you’ve studied, as well as information on research skills and a chronology of publications. Make sure you include scholarships and fellowships, publications, research and teaching practise, awards, specialised associations and licenses, and anything else you deem appropriate for the job you’re applying for.

Other CV Formats

Aside from the above CV formats, several other CVs would be suitable for various job industries and situations, as shown below.

Creative Industries CV

If you’re in marketing, journalism or design, a creative CV is ideal, as it could help give your CV that extra 'edge'. You can present your design expertise and portfolio in an imaginative way to get noticed by employers. Think about using infographics for presenting chunky bits of information to make it visually engaging.

Technical CV

A technical CV is mainly used for IT jobs, as it offers a format for emphasising particular technical expertise appropriate for the job in question. For example, you can include skills such as systems, platforms and programming languages within your technical CV in addition to ‘softer skills’ that many employers are seeking.

Video CV

A video CV can grab the attention of employers, whatever the job sector, especially in creative and customer-facing roles. It’s hardly a test of your filmmaking know-how, but rather reveals a bit of your personality to employers and how you interact.

 

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