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Communicating with people in a business context often
requires a more formal style than when writing to friends and family.
Similarly to business letters, which we covered in the
November issue of MED Magazine, CVs often follow set phrases and headings.
Below you can find an example CV and notes explaining
its features. These notes also include some useful set phrases often used
|| 4 Ash Grove Road, Anytown, OT2
7IR Tel: 0666 364 582
|Date of birth
| Marital status
I am reliable, well organized, and used to working
on my own initiative. I am able to prioritize my workload. I am
comfortable working on my own or as part of a team.
|Familiar with Microsoft Word and
|Able to cope under pressure
||Fluent in German
|Clean driving licence
||Marketing Assistant, Success Solutions
Duties include planning and implementing all advertising and
promotion, responding to enquiries, monitoring student performance
||Teacher of English, Churchill School
of English, Munich, Germany
||One month placement in the sales
department of Newton Publishing, London
||Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign
||London University: BA in English Literature
and Language (2.2)
||Minster College Secondary School, Wells
8 GCSEs, 3 A levels: English (A), German (B), Art (C)
Football, sailing, reading, landscape painting
Available on request
a brief description of your most important personal qualities relevant
to the post you are applying for.
skills relevant to the job are often listed before employment history.
Useful phrases include:
- Experienced ...
- Experienced in ...
- with a good knowledge of ...
- Fluent/near-native command of French
- adequate spoken/written Italian
- Fully computer-literate
- Self-starter (someone who can take responsibility,
and work without supervision)
can also be called Experience or Employment
history. Start the list with your most recent job and finish
with the earliest one. If you have had many jobs, include only your relevant
work experience. You should also include relevant training courses, voluntary
can also be called Qualifications or
Educational qualifications. Start with
your most recent qualifications and finish with your secondary education.
It is not necessary to include details of your primary education.
(the people that the employer can contact to get information about you)
can be listed either at the end of the CV or included in a separate letter.
In the next issue of the magazine
we will look at communicating by e-mail