A curriculum vitae (CV) includes a summary of your academic backgrounds, publications and other successes as well as work experience (including volunteer), computer and language skills and spare time.
Tips for your CV:
- A CV faces backward (a cover letter faces forward)
- Personalize a CV to the specific job
- Nice layout
- A CV can be between 2-3 pages
- Don’t exaggerate; be believable in your description
- Check your spelling and grammar
- Read your CV with the eyes of an employer – is the information relevant to them, do they understand everything if they don’t have the same academic background?
Find inspiration for your CV. Google it and have a look at others' CVs. What works? What do you like?
You can also be inspired by novoresume.com where you can easily can create a cover letter and CV with a nice layout.
Especially, the one page CV is useful as a “business card” when going to The Careers Fair or to support your portfolio/blog/website.
How to make a CV in other countries?
In the United States, a CV is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions. It is also applicable when applying for fellowships or grants. Companies often request a resume which is one or two page summary of your skills, experience and education.
AAU Career recommends you to research the specific country where you are looking for a job – check out the advice presented by the career center’s website at an esteemed university. This will give you good inspiration.
The competition on the job market is high, and you need to stand out in order to get a job interview. Do not use templates such as the Europass model!