British CV

The British CV differs from the American resume. Here are some of the major differences.

Length required:
2 pages. If it is not 2 pages long, a recruiter may just throw it out as it does not conform to convention! You can use space more generously (compared to an American resume) and go into more detail.

Use full sentences with a subject and verb.

Personal data:
Mob. (mobile phone)
No photograph.
It may be useful for you to give your nationality to clarify work permit requirements if you are a non EU citizen.

Education for the UK (Be careful for Scotland it may be different) some examples:
You can briefly describe your secondary education and the examination you have passed.
Baccalauréat C mention bien - UK equivalent GCSE 'A' levels in Maths and Physics with distinction
Put the results from three of your bac subjects – including the most important and the ones that received the best marks.
It is preferable to express marks in percentage form rather than in a mark out of 20 e.g. 15/20 = 75%

BTS, DUT - UK equivalent Diploma of Higher Education, or University diploma in + (subject) or two year degree in + (subject)
Licence - B.Sc. = Bachelor of Science; B.Eng. = Bachelor of Engineering; B.A. = Bachelor of Arts
Maîtrise - M.Sc. = Master of Science; M.Eng. = Master of Engineering; M.A. = Master of Arts

Give two: Usually one academic reference and one from working life. Provide complete contact information, do not forget to ask for their permission in advance and make sure that they can speak or transmit information in English (usually fax or email) well enough to be consulted!
If there is not enough space on your CV put the usual References available on request although you may well be asked to provide references on a separate sheet of paper.
Choose people who can offer an objective opinion on your abilities (i.e. not family). Previous employer, professor, doctor or other person with responsibilities are the safest and most appreciated.

Other tips:
Set your spell-checker to British English. (See differences in American and British English.)
In the UK emphasis is often placed on your proven ability to work with other people so make sure any successful work relationships are highlighted.
Many application forms are online, on a company’s web site.You may be required to download and fill in the documents as well as obtain contributions and written appraisals from your teachers. Do not leave these to the last minute!

Recruitment for placements is done quite early and there many different recruitment methods ranging from on-line application forms, face-to- face, telephone or internet interviews and even assessment over one or two days in major companies. Be prepared to be flexible in your approach.

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