Career Advancement CV


Use your first and family names, not a job title. Place the title at the top of every CV page. Your CV should not exceed two pages. Use email friendly fonts like Ariel and Times New Roman.


List these in the footer of the page, include your email address & mobile number, also a link to your website if you have one if it is career or work related. Don’t use a jokey email or Facebook/Twitter page that could make you look unreliable or unprofessional.


This is about a 30 to 40 word statement which should highlight all of your appropriate experience and skills to date as well as quoting horticulture qualifications if appropriate. Also describe what you are like to work with, please see example in italics below:


An experienced Under Gardener who is now looking to take the next step in his career. Good all round horticultural knowledge and experience complemented by a RHS Level 2 qualification. Highly personable with good communication skills. Able to work alone or as part of a team. Seeking career advancement into a more senior position and take on more responsibility.


List chronologically, starting with your most recent and ending with your oldest, all of the positions that you have held since leaving education. If you have progressed with the same employer mention this under one heading. Once more highlight experience and skills gained that relate to the position that you wish to apply. NB…It is also extremely beneficial to state the reason why you left past employment (e.g. redundancy, career progression etc.)

See the work history example below in italics:

Work history

Company name – Start date: Month YYYY End date: Month YYYY

Position, role or job title eg: Gardener

Whilst working as a Gardener with company X, on the Y estate, I worked as part of a 6 man team of gardeners under the supervision of the Head Gardener. My role was varied and included herbaceous border maintenance, vegetable gardening, assisting with propagation as well as maintaining the lawns and hedges. We aimed achieved a consistently high level of quality etc.


List your highest qualification here and any relevant courses that you’ve attended, unless you are a recently qualified post graduate or school/college leaver. Recent qualifications should be listed first, in most cases the degree or A/S Levels are listed last. If you are a first or second jobber graduate, college or school leaver list your highest qualification with more information; including any project or dissertation work relevant to the career change that you are hoping to make. See example in italics below:

Qualifications recently completed courses

Academic institution/Awarding body name – Course name –

Start date: dd/mm/yy End date: dd/mm/yy

Skill/qualification obtained – level achieved

University name – Start date: dd/mm/yy End date: dd/mm/yy

Degree name – Subject – Grade awarded

Detail project completed or dissertation description if you are light on work history.

Schools and Colleges attended

Detailing qualifications and certificates achieved

Eg RHS Level 2

      PA1/PA6 Chemical Spray Certificate

      Chainsaw License


Focus on awards & membership of professional or trade bodies that will support your career change.


If you are a little light on ‘relevant’ work history here, or in the ‘Awards & membership’ section; list interests that relate to the occupation that you hope to move into (where possible). Also identify appropriate work skills using 30-40 words maximum.


Although it isn’t essential to quote these on a CV a statement to the effect that ‘references can be provided upon request’ should at least be quoted.

Our strong advice would be to include 2 referee’s which will ideally be past employers. Please make sure that they are happy to provide a reference before quoting their name and address details.

Remember put your contact details at the bottom of each page of your CV.