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The Curriculum Vitae

The CV contains relevant facts in relation to the position for which you are applying. A CV consists of no more than two A4 pages. Recruiters always start by reading your CV and read your letter only afterwards.

Drawing up a CV

The reverse chronological CV is the most common type and is also known as the standard CV. You list the principal information in a number of fixed categories: education, internships, sidelines, language skills, etc. Within the various categories, you present the data in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent information.

You can use this word format in order to write your own CV.

Link your letter and CV

Make sure that the information in the letter is always linked to that in the CV. Your CV sets out the facts (what), while your letter states the reasons for these facts (why). Would you like to know more on this subject? Then why not take the .

Submit your letter and CV as PDF files

Once you have finished writing your CV and letter, convert the documents into PDF files before mailing them or submitting them in the online application system of the organization to which you are applying. In that way, you can be sure that the information in the document will stay in place.

A CV is not ‘one size fits all’!

In each application, gear your CV to the wishes, requirements, skills and knowledge requested for the position concerned. You may also want to vary the presentation of the data in your CV for each application. Write one basic CV showing all your work experience, side activities, training programs, courses and publications, and tailor this CV to the text of the job advertisement.

Give a brief presentation of yourself

Under the heading Profile, indicate who you are and what motivates and drives you, and identify your unique personal qualities.

Adjust layout to computer screen

Most CVs and letters are no longer printed but are read off the computer screen. You should bear this in mind when drawing up your CV and letter.

Highlight your successes

Indicate what contribution you made to a project or assignment. Briefly identify this in your CV or explain it in your letter.

Add links to your CV

If you worked for a lesser-known employer, include a hyperlink in your CV, so that recruiters can quickly and easily obtain further information. A link to your LinkedIn profile is recommended as well, as is a link to your own blog if it is relevant to the position for which you are applying.

Do you find it difficult to draw up a CV?

Your application letter and CV are often the first things a company sees of you. Based on these documents, they decide whether or not they will invite your for an interview. An enthusiastic letter and a good CV are therefore essential. Do you need advice about your application letter or CV? That's possible! Come to the drop-in consultation CV and application letter.