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CV example: Johann Smitt

Johann Smitt

Johann is applying for an engineering role as a packaging engineer.

1. Read the job spec and then Johann's draft CV below and make a list of things you would advise him to change.

2. Turn comments to reveal the areas picked up and advice given by an expert CV advisor, and compare your advice with theirs.

3. To see these changes incorporated into a final version of Johann's CV. The finished version represents a good example CV. Show the version.

Johann Smitt
45 Cape Road
B16 2NN


2010 MSc Management: Merit, Warwick Business School
Achievements: Awarded WBS Scholarship and SSLC Class Representative

BSc Hons Forensic Science, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Dissertation: A Statistical Approach Based on Accumulated Degree-days to Predict Decomposition-related Processes

Achievements: Awarded Best Thesis in Forensic Science Award

2005 Science & Technology Foundation Year: A, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
2004 Stratford upon Avon High School, Stratford upon Avon
3 A-levels: German, Maths and Chemistry
1 AS level: Physics

Work Experience

2009 Alumni Fundraising Officer, University of Warwick Development and Alumni Relations Office

University fundraising in a call centre environment, maintaining relations with alumni friends and family. Supporting university scholarships, health and global enterprise by informing graduates of university developments, surveying and stewardship.

2009 eCommerce Designer, ZRT hosting

Develop and design of eCommerce solution, marketing strategies, site maintenance and upgrading.

2009 Web Content Assistant/Software Tester – 20OH ltd, Coventry

Large scale data entry of company specifications, financial reports, development plans, PDF to web conversion. Software testing, discrepancy reporting and ensuring high standards practice with active teamwork. Providing innovative and efficient development ideas for highly confidential projects. Extensive work with database spreadsheets, word processing, website maintenance and general office whilst working to strict deadlines.

2008 Area Sales Manager, Insignia Group (part of the DLR Organisation), Coventry

Initially a sales representative performing door to door calls working for blue chip charity clients, administration and bank detail confirmation. As area manager involving regular meetings with senior management to reinforce company focus with employees, ensuring a high level of customer service, travel and merchandise arrangement, employee area and goal allocation, team building and leadership (staff support and training (B2C and B2B).

Achievements: Exceptional Sales Award

Additional Skills and Interests

Linguistincs English (Native) and German (Fluent)
University President and Captain of University Football team, achieved 2nd place in College League
SU Assistant Events Organiser (Volunteering & Fundraising), 5 events raised £17k for charities
Sport Mixed Martial Arts – 6th Kuy.

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.