Linda BarkerThis listing on a graduate recruitment website's regular email caught Linda's eye. She is keen to submit an application form and CV.

1. Read the job advert and then Linda's draft CV below and make a list of things you would advise her to change.

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Linda Barker

20 Clopton Road
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 7PT
07788 6542667


2003 to 2007

University of Warwick

BA (Hons) French Studies & Italian


1997 to 2003

Holt School, Wokingham, Hants

French (A
History (A
Maths (B)

Spanish (B) 

11 GCSEs
Maths (A)
English Language (A)
English Literature (A)
French (A)
German (A)
Chemistry (B)
Physics (B)
Biology (A)
History (A)
Geography (C)
Art (B)


Jan 2008 to date

Truetec Translations, Leamington

Translational Co-ordinator

I look after Truetec’s French and Italian clients, speaking to them every day to make surethat I know what they need. This knowledge enables me to choose translators with appropriate experience who are able to meet their deadlines. I manage their translation projects, making sure that they are properly resources and delivered on budget.

I recruit translators from a range of different sources. Quality is critical so I train new staff and brief existing staff in depth on each project.

Aug 07 to Dec 07

University of Buckingham, High Wycombe

Student Admissions Assistant (Temporary)

My job was to respond to enquiries from prospective students, including entering contact details on to the Admissions database. Sometimes I had to do research to answer more complicated questions, including contacting other departments. I asked students how they found out the courses they were applying for and produced reports to help with decisions about marketing. I also did general admin.

Aug 06

Literary Festival, Stratford upon Avon


Volunteered to promote and support the festival. Spoke to festival organisers every day to make sure that event was effectively promoted and staffed. Distributed leaflets to tourists. Looked after volunteer expenses.

Sept 05 to July 06

Marie-Clair Lycee, Lyons

Teaching Assistant (Placement during degree)

I taught English to KS3 students.

Additional Skills

I am proficient in Microsoft Office suite, have worked with a range of bespoke databases and Twitter

Ran guided tours at University

I play netball and enjoy reading

Qualified first aider


Truetec Translations


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.