Create a CV

The CV is an important tool showing important information about you: your work history, achievements and skills. It is meant to generate interest in your prospective employer and lead you to interviews.

Most job seekers think that writing a CV which shows that they are qualified will do the trick. What they don’t realise is that they should also include how they can help the prospective employer. You need to demonstrate your value to the prospective employer. You will be able to do this if you know what potential employers are looking for. Search for job adverts in newspapers and circle frequently mentioned key words. Determine the three skills or qualities most important to the job you seek. Refer back to the paper where you had highlighted your own key skills and see if you can use these as transferable skills.

There are various types of CV including the EU CV format, you can either try and fill-in a template online or you can download an empty copy by clicking here. Additional instructions on how to fill-in this CV template can be found here, there are also some examples of completed CVs which you can find useful: example 1, example 2


Try to make your CV stand out for the right reasons. Nothing too fussy but choose a plain professional format. Search the internet and you will find various examples of professional formats.



Checklist for a complete CV:

The Personal Information section should include:

  • Name, address, telephone numbers and e-mail (one that you check frequently).

The Work Experience section should include:

  • Details of your most recent experience first and then working backwards.
  • Names of the companies/organisations together with the start and end dates.
  • The job title you held with your main duties, responsibilities and achievements.
  • If you have not had a regular job before, you can include positions like babysitting or any volunteer experiences you might have had.

The Education section
should include:

  • Your qualifications, starting with the most recent first (reverse chronology).
  • The names with start and end dates for each institution attended.
  • The level of classification.

The Personal Skills section should include:

  • Positive personal characteristics
  • Skills gained and how you developed them making sure that the skills are related to the position you are applying for.
  • Interests section should include those interests that can demonstrate particular skills and abilities.

The Reference section
should include:

  • The referee’s name, job title, contact address and telephone number. (Make sure that the referee agrees to provide you with references for this application).

You can also include any Professional Memberships you might be a part of.

If you are applying for your first job you could also include any related accomplishments (awards, winning competitions etc.)

Important points to remember:

  • Keep it concise and use simple language and short sentences
  • Update your CV periodically
  • Always type your CV on white paper
  • Be positive and enthusiastic
  • When possible support your statements with specific examples
  • Check your spelling and grammar (where possible get somebody to check it for you: two pairs of eyes are better than one)


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