||guide to european curriculum vitae preparation * write a CV for a european company* how to write a resumé * europass|
How to Write a Good CV
- europass -
View summary of CV advice
Drawing up a curriculum vitae
is an important step in looking for any job or training. The CV is often the
first contact with a future employer. It needs to seize the reader’s attention
immediately and to demonstrate why you should be given an interview.
generally spend no more than a minute on each CV when making an initial
selection from applications received. If you fail to make the right impact, you
will waste your opportunity.
Read the following
information carefully before entering your details into the template.
Before starting to write your
curriculum vitae, remind yourself of a few important principles:
Take care over the
presentation of your CV
Set out your qualifications,
skills and competences clearly and logically, so that your specific attributes
are easily seen.
Give proper attention to all
relevant detail, both of substance
and presentation; there is no excuse for mistakes in spelling and punctuation!
Concentrate on the essentials
- a CV must be brief: in most cases, two
pages are enough to show who and what you are. A three page CV may be
considered too long in some countries, even if your work experience is
- if your work experience is still
limited (because you have just left school or university), describe your
education and training first; highlight work placements during training (see
- concentrate on essential information
that brings added value to your application: work experience or training which
is old or not relevant for the application can be omitted.
Adapt your CV to suit the
post applied for
Systematically check your CV
every time you want to send it to an employer to see if it corresponds to the
profile required; highlight your advantages according to the specific
requirements of the prospective employer. A good knowledge of the company will
help you tailoring your CV to the appropriate profile.
do not artificially inflate your CV; if you do, you are likely to be found out
at the interview.
Keep to the structure of
the CV template
The Europass curriculum vitae
allows you to present your qualifications, skills and competences in a logical
- personal information;
- description of your work experience;
- description of your education and
training (which may appear before the heading ‘Work experience’ for users
with limited work experience; to invert the order of the two headings, use the
‘copy/paste’ command in your word processing software);
- detailed inventory of your skills and
competences, acquired in the course of your training, work and daily life.
- print your curriculum vitae on
- retain the suggested layout;
- avoid underlining or writing
whole sentences in capitals or bold: it affects the readability of the
- do not split an entry under
one heading over two pages (e.g. your list of training courses) – to avoid
this use the ‘page break’ command in your word processing software;
Be clear and concise
Your profile must be
appreciated by the potential employer after a few seconds’ reading. In
- use short sentences;
- concentrate on the relevant aspects of
your training and work experience;
- explain any breaks in your studies or
- remove any
optional heading (e.g. if you have no ‘Artistic skills and competences’ or
if you consider that such skills and competences do not bring added value to
Have someone else read your
CV on completion
Check your CV carefully once
you have filled it in to remove any spelling mistakes and to ensure it is laid
out clearly and logically.
Have someone else read your
CV so that you are sure the content is clear and easy to understand.
All Europass CV information © European Communities http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu
Europass Home |
Sample CV |
CV writing advice |
CV top tips |
Europass CV downloads
Looking for a Language Job? Visit our International Language Job Centre
Europa Pages: Language and Travel Home