Unit 2: Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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

Online material:
The Curriculum Vitae (CV) (click to download)



Supporting documents:
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.

Video CV
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.

Here you can find further information