The Essex CV pack

Recognise. Celebrate. Succeed.

Essex CV front cover

The Essex CV pack is a completely self-contained resource that takes you through the whole CV-writing process from beginning to end.

The pack will give you the best possible start in the graduate job market and help capitalise on your experiences at Essex.

What's in the pack?

The pack contains example CVs and checklists, synthesising the most current thinking in CV-writing in a way that is quick and easy to read. It should not take long to get some major benefits from it and we would strongly encourage you to read the whole Essex CV pack (.pdf) before you use the adaptable templates below. It is important to remember that a CV is a very personal document. The CVs and covering letter in the pack are intended as examples only and we strongly advise against copying any of the content. Use the Essex CV to recognise the full extent of your skills and experience and sell yourself in a way that does you justice. Be proud of what you have achieved.

Sections

  • Overview

  • Example CVs and CV checklist

    • EssexCV

      Chronological CV - generic

      Adobe PDF File
      (37K)

      An example of a generic chronological which draws your attention to the important things to consider.

    • EssexCV

      Skills CV - generic

      Adobe PDF File
      (37K)

      Depending how you feel it is most effective to present yourself for a job, this is an alternative generic example.

    • EssexCV

      CV checklists

      Adobe PDF File
      (22K)

      The really important things to check before you send off your CV.

  • Sample job description, covering letter, and checklist

    • EssexCV

      Job description - sample

      Adobe PDF File
      (29K)

      Outlines the ‘duties of the post’ and the ‘person specification’ for a fictional but realistic job on which the example CVs are based – it is exactly the kind of job description you can expect to see – cross-reference the criteria with the CVs to see how they have been tailored.

    • EssexCV

      Covering letter - sample

      Adobe PDF File
      (26K)

      A sample covering letter that could accompany either of the example CVs and is based on the sample job description.

    • EssexCV

      Covering letter checklists

      Adobe PDF File
      (21K)

      The really important things to check before you send off your covering letter.

  • Useable CV templates

    • EssexCV

      Skills-based CV template

      Word Docx File
      (20K)

      A customisable template based on a skills model - make sure you adapt it according to your own needs and the role for which you are applying – this should be suitable for most jobs.

    • EssexCV

      Chronological CV template

      Word Docx File
      (20K)

      A customisable template based on a chronological model – make sure you adapt it according to your own needs and the role for which you are applying – this should be suitable for most jobs.


    More specific CV templates

    • EssexCV

      Academic CV template

      Word Doc File
      (50K)

      A customisable template based on an academic model – make sure you adapt it according to your own needs and the role for which you are applying – this should only be used when applying for academic roles in higher education institutions.

    • EssexCV

      Part-time work template

      Word Docx File
      (30K)

      A customisable template based on a CV for part-time work – make sure you adapt it according to your own needs and the role for which you are applying – this should be suitable for most part-time jobs.

    • EssexCV

      Law-based CV template

      Word Docx File
      (19K)

      A customisable template based on a CV for the legal sector – make sure you adapt it according to your own needs and the role for which you are applying – this should be suitable for legal placements and training contracts.

    • EssexCV

      Finance-related CV template

      Word Docx File
      (32K)

      A customisable template based on a CV for the finance sector - make sure you adapt it according to your own needs and the role for which you are applying – some jobs in this sector specify this one-page style CV eg investment banking, always check the preferred style before applying

    • EssexCV

      Science and technology CV template

      Word Docx File
      (19K)

      A customisable template based on a CV for science and technology – make sure you adapt it according to your own needs and the role for which you are applying – this should be suitable for scientific and technical roles.

“The Essex CV is really great. Something like this would have been helpful when I was at university! It’s set out very clearly and should be extremely useful to students.”
Hannah Salton, Graduate Recruitment Manager, BT Recruitment Centre of Expertise – Employer
“The Essex CV is very good – the checklists in particular. If graduates use them then the applications from Essex graduates will be at a much higher standard than others we receive.”
Laura Condie, Recruiter, Lab Support (A Division of On Assignment Inc) – Employer 

Get your CV reviewed

Once you've developed your CV using ideas from this pack, or after you've attended a CV Essentials workshop, drop in to the Employability and Careers Centre on square 2 for one-to-one review of your CV.