Position the most relevant facts first for maximum impact
Keep your CV to preferably 1 A4 page – this will be easier to read and more effective
Use Arial/Times new Roman, 10-12 font – use the larger font for your name and headings.
Create a clean and clear layout, in keeping with your Covering Letter. Use the same good-quality paper as your Covering Letter for professional styling
Your education and extra-curricular achievements are the key elements of your CV – you are expected to have a limited employment history as an Intern
The layout structure should be as follows:
- Contact details : Name, Phone number, address, email
- Introductory Personal Statement: this should be a summary of your attributes, qualities and objectives. Be bold and factual – state clearly the role and field you are keen to intern in and, briefly, the reasons why and how they relate to your experience thus far and future objectives
- Recent education and qualifications: in reverse chronological order: Degree, A Level’s, GCSE’s. Include modules in your degree which are relevant to the internship role
- Employment history: in reverse chronological order or most relevant first. Resist the temptation to put everything and anything – only include those that show experience and attributes useful to the internship role
- Extra-curricular achievements and skills: again, only include those that are impressive or relevant to the role or field in which you are interning. Be sure to include any computing/web based skills
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a selection of the most important tips for constructing your CV. There’s a wide selection of sites that offer further and more detailed advice, so get surfing!