There is no definitive definition as to what a CV must contain.
Broadly speaking, it should present your relevant experiences in a relevant manner. Always try to address the specific potential employer in both form and content. To be able to do that you need to research the company or organization.
The structure of a CV could be as follows:
- Contact info
- Good profile photo
- Profile text
- Work experience
- Volunteer work
- IT skills
The content and structure of a CV is not limited to these elements, though.
Adjust your cv to the job
It all depends on the relevance of each element. The different experiences have different aspects to them in relation to the position for which you are applying.
It is highly recommended to include a profile text. It is a small text – about 5-8 lines – that connects your abilities and motivations to the specific job. Why do you apply for this job? How can you use your skills in the job? Why not a similar position in a different company?
When describing your experiences, leave as little space as possible for interpretation – always back up your claims with a context. That goes for both professional, academic and personal competences. If taken out of context, they are just meaningless words.
Some other good practices when it comes to CV’s are:
- Think about the layout. It should create an easy overview
- A CV can be from 1 to 3 pages
- Do not take knowledge for granted. E.g., most people do not know what “PBL” is. So, instead of just writing it, show what it does and makes you able to
- In relation to that, translate your competences into the language of the employer
- Double-check your spelling and grammar. It might not be the deciding factor but it surely leaves an impression
How to make a CV in other countries?
The above applies to a Danish context. If you are searching for a job abroad, AAU Career recommends you to research on practices in the specific country – check out the advice presented by the career center’s website at an esteemed university. This will give you good inspiration.
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.