A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a written overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. In most cases it is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants.
In this unit, you will learn
- what a CV is exactely
- which information a CV should include
- how you create your own CV
The Curriculum Vitae (CV)
CV checklist – to gather all information to produce your own CV
CV template chronological design – to help you structure your CV
CV template functional design – to help you structure your CV
Example of a Europass CV – for your inspiration
Further information/useful links:
Europass CV – Make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe with the Europass documents provided by the EU. It is a standardised way to structure and present your CV. You can create an electronic portfolio to give a comprehensive picture of your skills and qualifications. It is used all across Europe and potential employers are likely to be familiar with it.
As a addition to the classic CV you can produce a video CV or video résumé. The concept behind this is to introduce yourself with short videos and to inspire future employers.
As a small hint, the following things should therefore be noted:
- Keep it brief (1-2 min.)
- know your audience
- Dress appropriately
- Talk clearly
But be aware: this kind of CV needs a professional handling and depends strongly on the working environment.