The aim of your CV is to secure you an interview, so when putting your CV together, you need to think about the panel's agenda and what they are looking for. A selector who evaluates your CV, will be matching it against the job/person specification and looking at the fit between the two - the extent to which the CV is targeted to the post.

A CV is not only meant to provide information - it should be interesting, convincing, persuasive and well presented. It should show how you have sought opportunities to learn and demonstrate your skills as well as steps you have taken to improve your performance.

Throughout the selection process, the panel will be assessing your knowledge, skills and achievements to date as well as your motivation and future potential.

Think about what the University is likely to value

  • Quality and quantity of your research (achievement & potential)
  • Previous teaching experience
  • Ways you have 'added value' to your current department and made your presence felt.

Address the future agenda

  • Show you can help drive the institution, department and subject area forward
  • Demonstrate you have new ideas in line with the University's and department's direction
  • Highlight ways you can fill 'gaps' in current provision.