CV Workshop

Do you need help revising your CV?

Our CV Workshop is a free service offered to all our students. Meet one-to-one with a teacher to revise and improve your English CV.

The workshops are held every Wednesday. Come to reception to book your place. It’s completely free!



Here are our top ten tips for making a fantastic English CV for finding a job in Scotland… 

Make your CV eye-catching and beautiful 

Use some subtle colours, smart font and enough white space to a make it easy on the eye. Compare the formatting of this blue CV and this orange CV with a plain CV. If you are in a creative industry, you may want a really different CV.

Keep it short 

One page is best if possible. Your CV definitely shouldn’t be longer than two pages.

Use UK formatting 

Make sure your address and phone number are written in a UK style with capitals.
don’t write…
Main street 15 4, edinburg, EH83RE +447700900224
15/4 Main Street, Edinburgh, EH8 3RE 07700 900 224

Tailor your CV

Have a different version of your CV for different types of job. Don’t apply to be a Starbucks barista with a CV with detailed information about your knowledge of architecture!

Include a Personal Statement 

Consider including a short personal statement saying who you are and what you are looking for and make sure this matches the job description.

For example, if the job description is…
Trainee SEO Account Manager / Search Analyst
This is an entry level role that would suit a self-motivated graduate looking to develop a career in digital marketing. The role will involve supporting our project directors across a range of clients from SME’s to blue chip multinational campaigns.

Then your personal statement should say…
“Self-motivated, career-focused graduate looking for an entry-level role in a fast-growing digital marketing company”

Be specific 

Don’t say…
Managed a busy restaurant
Do say…
Managed a 100-seat restaurant, with a £4,000 a week turnover


Don’t use meaningless, clichéd expressions

Things like ‘good communication skills’, ‘good team worker’ or ‘strong analytical skills’ don’t impress employers. Who can’t say they have these skills?

Here are the top 10 overused words from LinkedIn.

Check your spelling!

Check, double check and triple check all spelling and punctuation. Don’t give an employer any reasons to put your CV in the ‘no’ pile. Ask a friend to check for you too!

Include a reference

If possible, attach a letter of reference, in English, from your last employer or an organisation you volunteer for. Here’s how to structure it.

Save as a PDF with your name

10) Save your CV as ‘CV_Your Name.pdf’.
not… Jenny Tall CV4_English_editing.docx

For more advice on finding a job, check out our blog article “Looking for a job in Edinburgh? 10 top tips…”

Email reception to book your CV Workshop.