Tips for writing a curriculum vitae

Tips for writing a curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae is often the first contact with the future employer: it must therefore attract his attention from the first reading to open the possibility of an interview. To write your curriculum vitae, it is good to keep in mind some important principles.

  • Focus on relevant elements of individual training and work experience;
  • Use short sentences;
  • Justify any interruptions to your studies or career.

Some suggestions

  • The CV must be short: in general, two pages are enough to enhance your profile. If your work experience is still limited, it might be useful to highlight internships or even volunteer experiences;
  • Present your skills clearly and logically to highlight your potential also according to the company where you intend to go to present your application;
  • Don’t overlook any detail, neither in content nor in form;
  • Respect the structure of the model it is important to choose the model also according to the company and the type of job for which you want to apply;
  • Have another person re-read your resume to make sure its content is clear and easy to understand.

Which model to choose

A well-compiled European CV is recommended for graduates who are looking for work in their field or for jobs that require some specialization.

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A basic template may suffice for general or occasional jobs.

Basic CV template and instructions on how to fill in the various sections

Work experience section

  • Describe each relevant work experience separately starting with the most recent. Being concise, focusing on work experiences that add value to your application, can help.
  • Do not neglect experiences that, even if they do not have a direct link with the profile sought, can be an advantage (stay abroad, activities in contact with the public, etc.).
  • If you are looking for a first job, don’t forget to mention the internship periods, which are proof of the first contact with the world of work.

Education and training section

  • Describe each successful teaching or training course separately.
  • Indicate whether you have earned a diploma or a certificate.
  • Always start with the most recent title, but give a central place to five-year diplomas, any degree, and masters.
  • It is not necessary to list all certificates or diplomas: if you have a university degree, do not go back to the elementary cycle.
  • Emphasize qualifications that benefit your application.

European CV template and instructions on how to fill in the various sections

The European curriculum vitae template allows you to set up your CV in a very detailed way.

To facilitate reading, list the documents in a logical order (for example group, possibly numbering them, diplomas, work certificates, etc.).

The sections below can be filled in all or part, i.e. only those that best highlight your skills and abilities also depending on the type of job you are looking for or the type of company you have to present it to.

Personal skills and competences

They allow, in addition to the description of work experience, to present your skills, both those acquired in the framework of a university or professional training course (during studies) and those acquired unofficially ( in the course of professional activity or the context of leisure activities).

Interpersonal skills and competences

Describe your interpersonal skills and competencies, eg:
team spirit;
adaptation to multicultural environments; – communication skills (eg, to clearly draft or effectively convey information); etc., and specify in which field they were acquired (training, professional field, associative life, leisure activities, etc.).

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Organizational skills and competences

Describe your organizational skills and competencies:

sense of organization;
management of group projects; etc. and specify in which field they were acquired (training, professional field, associative life, leisure activities, etc.)

Artistic skills and competences

Listed your artistic skills and competencies that can enhance your person, eg:

drawing; etc.
and specify in which field they were acquired (training, professional field, associative life, leisure activities, etc.).

Other skills and competences

Indicate all the other skills and competencies not previously mentioned, which can enhance you, for example:

membership of associations, etc.
and specify in which field they were acquired (training, professional field, associative life, leisure activities, etc.).

Driving license or driving license

Indicate the type of driving license or driving license, for example, Automobile

More information

Enter all other information you consider useful, for example:

contact or reference person (name, function, and address);
publications or research works;
membership of a professional organization, etc.


List any documents attached to the CV, for example:
– copies of diplomas and certificates, including certificates issued to completion of a continuing training course that did not lead to the achievement of a certificate;
– certificate of periods of work or training;
– publications or research works; etc

Consent to data processing

At the bottom of each CV, both normal and European, it is mandatory to insert the legal references for the protection of privacy. Example: I consent to the processing of my data according to Legislative Decree No. 196/2003.

It is important to add the space below for the date and signature.

N.B: Never send the original certificates or diplomas; a photocopy is enough and only in case they are required.

For those looking for work abroad, the curriculum vitae must be rigorously completed on a European model in English or, even better, in the language of the country where they intend to present themselves for a job, even if only seasonal.

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