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How to write a Curriculum Vitae

Before writing your CV

Pay attention to the fact that your curriculum is like a business card to the recruitment process. The chances of being called to an interview depend on if the recruiter had a good impression about you and if he liked what he had read when he saw the curriculum. When writing your curriculum remember that:

  • Don't send your standard curriculum, first adapt it by highlighting the experiences and skills that are more pertinent to the job;
  • Don't exceed more than two pages;
  • Avoid misspellings and grammatical mistakes;
  • Don't write about personal characteristics like: I'm dynamic, I learn fast or I have a good interpersonal relationship. Those must be saved for a future interview;
  • Don't tiptoe whenever you're writing, go straight to the point;
  • Don't lie, be honest and consistent.

Curriculum framework

  • Personal data – name, address, telephone and/or mobile phone, email, date of birth, nationality.
  • Professional experience – began by indicate from the latter experience to the older one. Indicate the date and the position held, the name of the company and the main activities and responsibilities.
  • Education and Training – start by indicating from the latter to the older. Indicate the dates, the qualification given and the name of the Education or training entity.
  • Personal skills:
    • Mother tongue and other foreign languages - indicate your knowledge level;
    • Communication skills – specify in what context they were acquired;
    • Organisational skills - specify in what context they were acquired;
    • Computer skills - specify in what context they were acquired;
    • Other skills - mention only the skills that are pertinent to the application;
    • Driving licence - indicate the driving licence categories.
  • Additional information - indicate pertinent publications, presentations, projects, conferences, seminars, awards and distinctions, associations, references, etc.;
  • Attachments - do a list of the attached documents and attach only the ones that are important to the application, don't send large documents.

Useful links
European Curriculum Vitae Format >
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages >