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Examples of CVs and cover letters

Access a range of examples of CVs and cover letters.

There is no such thing as a perfect CV, or a single “right way” to write it.  Your CV is personal and you should feel that it gives an accurate and positive reflection of your experience, skills and motivations.   

If you’re feeling short of inspiration looking at examples of CVs, and cover letters, will give you ideas of phrasing, layout and style.  Take a look at some of these examples to help you work out what would be most effective for you. 

Example CVs and cover letters

Prospects: Example CVs and cover letters 

TARGETjobs: Sample graduate CVs and covering letters

Real-life examples from our students 

A successful CV is one that secures you an interview. Here are examples of successful CVs kindly shared by our students and graduates. These examples show that a wide variety of styles and personalisation can be used, as long as the content is tailored to what the employer is looking for.  

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Example CVs from UofE students

You’ll have noticed that these examples are for graduate jobs. If you’re applying for a part-time job follow the same guidelines – work out what the employer is looking for,and give evidence in your CV and cover letter that you can offer this.