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European Communities 2003 Page 1 Instructions for using the Europass curriculum vitae ( http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu )Introduction Drawing up a curriculum vitae is an important step in looking for any job or training.The CV is often the first contact with a future employer.It needs to seize the readers attention immediately and to demonstrate why you should be given an interview.
Important! Employers generally spend no more than a minute on each CV when making an initial selection from applications received.If you fail to make the right impact, you will waste your opportunity.Read the following information carefully before entering your details into the template.
General recommendations Before starting to write your curriculum vitae, remind yourself of a few important principles: Take care over the presentation of your CV Set out your qualifications, skills and competences clearly and logically, so that your specific attributes are easily seen.Give proper attention to all relevant detail, both of substance and presentation; there is no excuse for mistakes in spelling and punctuation! Concentrate on the essentials a CV must be brief: in most cases, two pages are enough to show who and what you are.A three page CV may be considered too long in some countries, even if your work experience is outstanding.
if your work experience is still limited (because you have just left school or university), describe your education and training first; highlight work placements during training (see online examples); concentrate on essential information that brings added value to your application: work experience or training which is old or not relevant for the application can be omitted.
Adapt your CV to suit the post applied for Systematically check your CV every time you want to send it to an employer to see if it corresponds to the profile required; highlight your advantages according to the specific requirements of the prospective employer.A good knowledge of the company will help you tailoring your CV to the appropriate profile.
Take care: do not artificially inflate your CV; if you do, you are likely to be found out at the interview.Instructions for using the Europass curriculum vitae - http://europass.cedefop.europa
European Communities 2003 Page 2Keep to the structure of the template The Europass curriculum vitae allows you to present your qualifications, skills and competences in a logical order: personal information; description of your work experience; description of your education and training (which may appear before the heading Work experience for users with limited work experience; to invert the order of the two headings, use the copy/paste command in your word processing software); detailed inventory of your skills and competences, acquired in the course of your training, work and daily life.Notes:
print your curriculum vitae on white paper; retain the suggested font and layout; avoid underlining or writing whole sentences in capitals or bold: it affects the readability of the document; do not split an entry under one heading over two pages (e.g.
your list of training courses)
to avoid this use the page break command in your word processing software; the boxes containing the various headings should not appear when the document is printed.Be clear and concise Your profile must be appreciated by the potential employer after a few seconds reading.In consequence: use short sentences; concentrate on the relevant aspects of your training and work experience; explain any breaks in your studies or career; remove any optional heading (e.g.
if you have no Artistic skills and competences (see page 2 of the template) or if you consider that such skills and competences do not bring added value to your application, remove the whole entry using the cut command in your word processing software.Have someone else read your CV on completion Check your CV carefully once you have filled it in to remove any spelling mistakes and to ensure it is laid out clearly and logically.Have someone else read your CV so that you are sure the content is clear and easy to understand.Instructions for using the Europass curriculum vitae - http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu -
European Communities 2003 Page 3 Detailed instructions for using the Europass curriculum vitae ( to draft your Europass curriculum vitae? I.Use the online interface or download the CV template: You can either
(a)use the online interface available on the Europass website.(http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu) Your CV can be then saved to the directory of your choice; or (b)download the CV template (in Word or OpenDocument format) in the language of your choice from the same website and save it on your computer hard disk; you then complete the various headings in the right-hand column, and insert your personal data.If you need guidance, consult the sample CVs provided on in the different sections as follows Important:
do not change the wording of the left-hand column; keep to the layout and font used in the template.
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Europass curriculum vitae Insert photograph if requested (optional) Notes: a picture is not essential in a CV, unless requested by the employer format: preferably jpg.Personal information Surname(s) / First name(s) (remove if not relevant) State your surname(s) (preferably using small capitals)andfirst name(s), (preferably using lower case), e.g.: MITH, John Andrew in conformity with the rules that apply in your country.
Note: if you have more than one other name, start with the one you usually use.Address(es) (remove if not relevant) State your complete postal address(es) where you wish to be