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The standard structure of a good cv

Your CV (curriculum vitae) is the businesscard you give to the company where you are going to apply, usually combined with your coverletter. Your CV is a sum of short sentences that explain who you are, what you are capable of and what working experience you have. If you do not have any experience with making or delivering a cv, guidelines could be helpful. So, what exactly do you include in your CV?

Personal details

Your personal details are always on top of your CV. At least state your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, marital status, nationality, date of birth and place of birth. Nowadays it is usual, at least, if you are using it in a professional way, to add your LinkedIn and Twitter account.

Studies

State all your relevant studies and courses that you have taken. Start with the last study you were doing or all still doing and work in a chronological way back. State the name of the educational institution, diplomas/degrees you have obtained and the dates.

Work experience

Under the heading work experience will be the enumeration of jobs you have had. The same here, start with the most recent job you have had and work your way back into history. State the name of the companies for which you have worked, the location, the job title you filled and a short job description. Depending on the function you are applying for, leave irrelevant jobs behind.

Knowledge of languages

In your CV, state what languages you speak and for every language indicate a level (in writing and orally) the best lay out is as follows: fluent, good, moderate for oral skills and good, moderate for writing skills.

Computer skills

Indicate what computer programs you control and how well you do it. Think about software packages but specific systems as well.

Interests and other activities

Lastly, state all issues you think are important but have not shown up in your CV yet. Think about hobbies, interests and other relevant topics that say something about you. Do not forget to state your other activities, if you have done any administrative functions or voluntary work, you state this as well of course. Use the last part of your CV to make it as personal as possible.

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