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Writing a CV

What you include in your CV will differ depending the position you are applying for. It should list relevant experience and qualifications, and should not exceed two pages. 

As a pharmacologist, there are extra things to consider. Your CV should also include:

  • Any memberships that you hold at relevant membership bodies and learned Societies
  • Details of any research experience
  • Laboratory skills you have learned so far, when appropriate. Skills include, mammalian cell culture, Western immunoblotting, immunocytochemistry or flow cytometry.
  • Any publications, separating into abstracts and full papers. Make sure the referencing style is correct, consistent and clear. Publications are often listed in an appendix and should only be included if relevant to the application
  • Funding that you have received including research awards, placements, scholarships or internships
  • Any relevant training or workshops/conferences that you have attended. These might not directly relate to the post demonstrate your wider interest 
  • Any teaching, supervising, or demonstrations. This should include any public engagement or outreach activities

Use your university services

Make use of your University careers service. Most offer drop-in sessions or library workshops with one-to-one guidance. Study advisors, teaching staff and course coordinators may also be able to give you subject-specific advice. 

Use a simple and uncluttered format

Your CV should be less than two pages (excluding appendices). Keep the format simple and appealing. Make sure sections are clearly separated and neatly presented. Use a simple font such as Calibri or Arial. You may use bullet points to improve clarity, but do not reduce relevant skills to single words. 

Promote yourself

Promote all your achievements, experiences and interpersonal skills. Employers are looking for rounded individuals. Aim to make yourself unique by stressing skills or experience others are less likely to have. This makes you more competitive and memorable.

Be clear and concise

The Hemingway editor can help you to write clearly and simply. Try to remove terminology and over-complicated language. 

Tailor your CV to individual posts

Highlight and emphasise strengths relevant to the position. Research the organisation’s values and objectives. Use this to show how you have demonstrated these in your previous  experience. This is also a good way to check that you might enjoy the role.

Follow the guidelines

Ask someone else to proof read and ensure you are obeying the application guidelines.

Keep it up to date

Aim to update and review your CV every month even when not applying for new posts.