CV (Curriculum Vitae or Résumé) is a lot more than a documentary record of your education, qualifications and employment history but also a chance to sell your skills, knowledge, and experience.
The employer will decide whether to interview you depending on the contents of your CV and the motivation letter accompanying it.
Spending a little time getting your CV right is therefore well worth the effort involved.
How do I write a CV?
- Think about what makes you good as an employee and what the employer wants
- Take a few minutes to plan what you want to write before typing it up
How should it look?
- Short and clear
- With correct grammar and spelling
- Without fancy fonts and decorations
- Picture is optional – make sure it is a quality photo
What information should be included in a CV?
- Contact information: name, surname, phone number, e-mail, year of birth, place of residence
- Education, training
- Work experience starting with the latter – company, position, responsibilities, achievements
- Professional skills – language skills, digital skills, driving license
- Social competencies – personal characteristics
- References – persons, who can recommend you and their contact details
Does length matter?
- Yes. Keep it brief – but be sensible. 1-2 pages are usually best.
What writing style should I use?
- Write in the first person.
- Stick to the point. An employer wants to identify your key skills and experiences by glancing at your CV. If it is hard work to get this information you will be passed over.
Things to remember:
- Give maximum coverage to your most recent experience or your relevant skills
- Employers are suspicious of unexplained time gaps in a CV – if you took a year off to go traveling or were forced not to work because of other commitments then say so.
- Pay attention to your e-mail address, for formal correspondence use name.surname@, surname.name@ or similar