Magna Vitae – an honest CV

Posted on: 22 February 2018

The Magna Vitae (MV) is an alternative CV for people with significant gaps in their employment history. The layout gives people the opportunity to move on from their past and focus upon their future. Gaps in employment are explained honestly and difficult life experiences openly shared.

The project began 18 months ago and is currently running in Exeter, Portsmouth and Wiltshire. Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon County Council, the prison service, JobCentre Plus and 16 other potential employers have expressed an interest in learning more.

One of our learners said “I rang up about a job on Tuesday, had a chat with the manager. I then took in my MV and a cover letter the next morning. Then Wednesday afternoon she calls me and asked if I could go in for a interview on Thursday. So I said yes. The interview went ok, answered all the questions, she then offered me the job. I still can’t believe it! I feel a bit shell shocked. The job is for a kitchen assistant in a residential home. It would only take me 15 mins to walk there. Now I’m so nervous, this is such a huge thing. Anyway I wanted to let you know that also she (the manager) was very impressed with the MV. She thought it was a brilliant idea. Said she hadn’t seen one before but was a brilliant way of introducing yourself. She was very impressed. So thank you for helping me with the MV.”

A short video clip explains how the Magna Vitae works and an example MV can be found here.

If you would like more information about MVs, please contact your local centre.