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CV example: George Farrar

Linda BarkerGeorge is a graduate looking for a graduate trainee position with an Accountancy firm.

1. Read the job application. Then review George's draft CV below and make a list of things you would advise him to change.

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George Farrar
23 London Road
Cv23 7NJ
07711 7645 421


Honest, reliable and enthusiastic graduate from Warwick University who works well as part of a team looking for a graduate trainee position with an accountancy firm.


2006 to 2009

University of Warwick
BSc (Hons) in Mathematics & Physics (2:1)

2001 to 2006

Maidenhead Earley School, Berkshire

4 A-levels Mathematics (A), Economics (A), Physics (A) & History (B)
11 GCSEs

Relevant Experience

July to August 2009

Temporary Ledger Clerk
Bywater Ltd

  • I worked at this management consultancy for two months.
  • I processed invoices.
  • I identified and followed up billing discrepancies with Senior Consultants.
  • I assisted with the preparation of accounts for end of year reviews.
  • I worked on a special project for the Managing Director.


Other Work Experience

Sept 2009 to Mar 2010

Inglefield Grammar School

  • I worked with young people (KS4) identified as needing additional support in Mathematics.
  • I made sure that students achieved their personal learning targets.
  • The Senior Management Team and parents commented on high-levels of commitment, enthusiasm and creativity which supported the pilot scheme’s success.

Voluntary Experience

Sept 2008 to June 2009

Warwick University Hockey Team

This involved leading the team to the national finals. I also secured a two year sponsorship deal with Bank of America

July to Sept 2008

Administrative Assistant
Radio 210

  • I collected and recorded donations from listeners for the 210 Big Give Charity Appeal.
  • I handled calls for live phone-ins, including regular contact with the presenters and production team.
  • I wore a Giant Penny costume for live-promotion in Reading city centre.

Additional Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and Quickbooks
  • Full clean driving licence
  • Currently learning Japanese.
  • Co-founder and player in pub 5-a-side team to raise money for local charities.


References are available on request.


We don't believe that any CV is perfect but one very like this has worked for our students. Remember this CV is based on a real CV, but details in this example have been anonomised. Information such as name, organisations mentioned, and projects that would identify an individual may have been changed.