How to write your Curriculum Vitae
What is a CV? CV stands for curriculum vitae which is Latin for ‘the course of my life’. It's a document that enables potential employers to learn basic facts about you and your job related experience, achievements, skills, and education. Once you have prepared and submitted your CV to an employer the hope is that you will be asked to attend a job interview.
A typical CV will include individual sections for personal details, work history, and education. Most CVs will be sorted by chronological order (most recent first). It is a good idea to have a summary section at the start of your CV that condenses your experience, achievements, skills, and education into a single paragraph.
Your Curriculum Vitae should not be longer than two A4 pages. It can be shorter for graduates and applicants for junior positions. Your CV should include:
-Personal and contact data
Name and surname, titles, address, telephone, e-mail. It goes without saying that an e-mail address such as sweetie@… will not make a professional impression.
Mention the highest completed form of studies, name of the school and the title obtained. You can also add the topic of your thesis or awards you won, but only if they are related to the job you are looking for.
Start with the most recent completed education first and continue in descending order. Do not include primary school.
Your professional history should be written in the same manner as your educational history. Briefly describe your responsibilities (in different companies, titles of positions can comprise different responsibilities – other tasks, duties, etc.). When describing your experience, use professional terminology; it will be perceived as a sign of your knowledge.
Mention the level of your spoken and written language skills.
-Completed training seminars and courses, but only the relevant ones
Use as many verbs as possible. Here is a list that should get you started:
-achieved, acquired, adapted, addressed, administered, analyzed, anticipated, assembled, assisted, audited,
-calculated, centralized, changed, collaborated, composed, condensed, conducted, constructed, contracted, converted, coordinated, created, cultivated,
-demonstrated, designed, developed, devised, discovered, doubled, drafted,
-edited, eliminated, enforced, established, evaluated, expanded, explained.
-forecast, formed, founded,
- generated, guided,
-implemented, improved, informed, insured, interpreted, interviewed,
-maintained, managed, marketed, minimized, mobilized, motivated,
-obtained, operated, organized, originated, oversaw, out-performed,
-performed, planned, prevented, produced, promoted, provided, publicized, published,
-recruited, reorganized, reported, researched, resolved, reviewed,
-selected, separated, set up, simplified, solved, surveyed, staffed, supervised,
-targeted, tasked, taught, tested, trained,