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The standard structure of a good cv

Your CV is the businesscard you give to the company where you are going to apply, usually combined with your cover letter. Your CV is a sum of short sentences explaining who you are, what you are capable of, what work experience you have and, quite bluntly, why you should get the position. If you don't have that much experience with making or delivering a CV, our guidelines are very helpful. So, what exactly do you include in your CV?

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    Personal details

    Your personal details are always at the top of your CV. State the following; your name, current degree programme/course (if applicable), nationality, date of birth, desired position, address, phone number, e-mail address and Skype ID. You can easily access you Skype ID on your profile settings (usually begins with "live:" followed by numbers and letters). This makes your account a lot easier to find. In addition, nowadays it is usual to add your LinkedIn and Twitter account if you're using them in a professional way.

    Studies

    State all your relevant studies and courses that you have taken. List what you've studied in chronological order. State the name of the educational institution, diplomas/degrees you have obtained and the finishing dates.

    Work experience

    Under the heading work experience will be the enumeration of jobs you have had. The same again, start with the most recent job you have had and work your way back chronologically. State the name of the companies for whom 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. If you've got some gaps in your work then you'll probably be asked to explain why in the interview.

    Knowledge of languages

    In your CV, state what languages that you speak and for every language indicate a level (in writing and orally) the best lay out is as follows: native speaker / fluent / excellent command / very good command / good working knowledge / basic communication skills. Alternatavely, you can use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Also, to easily illustrate the languages and levels, you can utilize a table.

    Computer skills

    Indicate which computer programs you can use, how well you do so and maybe even any advanced courses to which you have been enrolled. Once again, you can utilize a table to illustrate this.

    Interests and other activities

    Last of all, write some things that you find important but have not yet shown up in your CV. Think about hobbies, interests and other relevant topics that say something about you. For example, team sports show that you like to be part of a team and can communicate well. Or if you like to read books, travel, or are part of a society. Do not forget to state other activities, if you have done any administrative functions or voluntary work. This shows that you are responsible. Use the last part of your CV to make it as personal as you can within reason. You should only state things that will enhance your chances of getting a job. Think of a time you've been involved in team-work or charity work, for example.

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