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6.2 The main types of CV and when to use them

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Figure 7 Types of CV

There are different ways of writing a CV and you need to choose the one which works best in your situation and helps you succeed in getting interviews.

Most employers do not specify which kind of CV to use, so it will be your decision to make. However, some job areas do expect a particular kind of CV. So, make sure you find this out before sending yours in. In the next sections you will be introduced to two basic types of CV, the chronological CV and the functional CV.

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