1. Concentrate on the essentials

  • A CV must be brief: in most cases one to two pages are sufficient. In any event, do not exceed three pages.
  • If your work experience is limited, describe your education and training first; highlight work placements during training.

2. Be clear and concise

  • Use short sentences.
  • Concentrate on the relevant aspects of your training and work experience.
  • Explain any breaks in your studies or career.

3. Adapt your CV to suit each job

  • Before sending your CV to an employer, check that it corresponds to the profile required.
  • Do not include work experience or training which is not relevant to the application.
  • Highlight your advantages according to the specific needs of the prospective employer.
  • Beware: do not artificially inflate your CV; if you do, you are likely to be found out at interview.

4. Take care over the presentation of your CV

  • Set out your skills and competences clearly and logically, so that your advantages stand out.
  • Pay attention to details such as spelling and punctuation.
  • NB: Print your CV on white paper. We suggest Arial 10 or 11 pt as the font.

5. Check your CV once you have filled it in

  • Remove any spelling mistakes, and ensure it is laid out clearly and logically.
  • Have someone else re-read your CV so that you are sure the content is clear and easy to understand.