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Expertise CV Template


An expertise CV is useful when you want to emphasise not just your skills, but how you have put them into practice. It defines you as a specialist, and should be closely tailored to the job you are applying for.


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Spend two or three lines summarising your role, experience, skills and strengths. Avoid too many adjectives and clichés like ‘good communicator’- try something more specific like ‘accomplished public speaker’, ‘proficient mentor’, ‘at ease in making presentations’. Keep font sizes large throughout.


  • Bulleted list of four or five major skills. These might include:
  • Systems and Products in which you are experienced
  • Fields of work in which you excel
  • Type and range of projects you have worked on.
  • Any expertise that makes you stand out.
  • Be sure you can prove your skills. Avoid general statements like ‘ambitious’ or ‘energetic’- unless you clearly come across as such at interview.
  • This is the part of the page which catches the reader’s eye first. Make sure it grabs their attention.


  • Write headings for the key areas of expertise you have highlighted above.
  • Under each heading give specific examples of your successes in these areas.

For example,

People Management and Leadership

  • Example A
  • Example B
  • Example C
  • List them in accomplishment statement format
  • You want the reader to get a sense of your main strengths.
  • If appropriate, include the scope of activities such as the size of budget and number of team members/staff you were responsible for.
  • Make sure your accomplishment statements demonstrate positive measurable outcomes (e.g. expressed in £, $, %, value-added for customers) and clear evidence of your Key Expertise or Skills.
  • Don’t put too much in. Remember, your CV is your tool to get you to interview. It has to jump out at the reader. Don’t risk boring them
  • If you are trying to sell yourself on the basis of a job you had earlier in your career, spend more time describing what you did there.



List your Career History briefly to give an account of your Career Progression.


For example,

Start Year – Finish Year                 Role                         Company Name

Start Year – Finish Year                 Role                         Company Name

Start Year – Finish Year                 Role                         Company Name


List any relevant courses that you have been on (with dates and name of the training provider). If there are too many, include on a separate sheet as an appendix.


Dates and name of institution, type of qualification (degree, GNVQ, A-levels etc.) and subjects if relevant.  Don’t give irrelevant information- if you didn’t finish a course, don’t mention it. If you are over 50 with postgraduate degrees, don’t list your O-levels


              List any professional bodies, societies, interest groups etc. that you belong to.


If you have published anything which is relevant to your job application, include it here. If there are too many, include on a separate sheet as an appendix.



Give your date of birth and any relevant information that you feel will help your case. You don’t need to include your marital status etc. unless you want to.

[Dos and Don’ts:

  • Do: Decide whether a functional CV is right for you and the job you’re applying for
  • Do: Keep your CV down to 2 pages if at all possible. Certainly no more than 3
  • Do: Make your CV look attractive. Play around with font sizes and layouts
  • Do: Keep your CV in black type. CVs are usually copied by recruiters, don’t do anything that might make the copies come out badly.
  • Don’t: include references. That will come later, if your application goes forward to a later stage.
  • Don’t: include salary. That will come later, when you’re negotiating the job.
  • Don’t: Include too much information. When a recruiter is sorting 500 CVs into Yes, No and Maybe piles, anything that is too much trouble to read is bound to be rejected.
  • Don’t: Undersell yourself, or oversell yourself. Be accurate, focussed and positive.
  • Don’t: Put down anything that is untrue or that you cannot support at an interview]