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With our online CV maker, it is simple for anyone to quickly create a professional CV. Enter your personal details and begin filling out your CV content. Finally, choose one of our 36 available CV layouts, and download your CV.
More likely to land a job
With a representative and professional CV, you will stand out amongst all other applicants. You are also up to 65% more likely to be invited to an interview.
Organize your applications
Often, it is important to be able to tailor your CV based on the job you wish to apply for. With CV maker, you can create and manage several different CVs in an organised way through your own personal account hub.
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What is a CV?
CV is an abbreviation of the Latin words 'curriculum vitae', which mean 'life course'. A professional CV provides a summary and a good overview of someone's life.
Your CV includes your education(s) and qualifications, work experience, skills, and important qualities. By means of your CV, your potential employer will be able to get a good picture of your skills, work experience, and knowledge quickly, to assess whether or not you fit the job, and therefore whether to offer you a job interview.
What is the difference between a cv and a resume?The term resume is not so common in the United Kingdom, where the term cv is used. The term is more common in the United States and Canada. The documents, however, share a similar goal; landing a job interview for an employee and being able to see quickly whether a candidate is qualified for an open position for an employer. That said, there are a few key differences between a curriculum vitae and a resume;
- The length of the document; a cv is more elaborate, it usually covers two pages. A resume is usually no longer than one page.
- The amount of detail; a cv is more detailed and complete, whereas the resume focuses on only giving the most relevant information for this specific application. Resulting in the aforementioned difference.
- The tone of the document; a resume can be more commercial and focused on selling oneself, whereas a cv is more factual.
How do I start writing my cv?
What should I include in my curriculum vitae?Your CV should only contain information relevant to your potential employer. So that means, what should be in your cv can differ per application. However, the bare minimum of details on your cv should at least include;
Of course, your new employers should be able to contact you for a job interview. Therefore, you always start by mentioning your full name and email address and (mobile) phone number. Also mention your place of residence and address, as an employer might prefer an employee living nearby. In case a driver's license is required for the role, also mention it. In case you have a representative LinkedIn profile or personal website, you can include a link to it in the personal details section.
In an a-chronological order, list your latest work experience. Start with your latest job and continue with the jobs you worked at before. Per job, give a short clear summary of your tasks, responsibilities and skills. Tip: try and list skills and responsibilities most relevant to the role you’re applying for!
Just like the previous overview of work experience, start off with your last study or highest level of education. Also name the school or institution where you studied, the starting date and the date of graduation.
The aforementioned parts should be present on any CV, at any application. However, if you really want to stand out from other applicants, it is strongly advisable to put in a little more effort. You want potential employers to see that you are the best fit for the job. Therefore, consider adding the following sections to your cv;
Personal statement or cv profile
Most modern CVs include a short introductory paragraph called a personal statement or cv profile. In this paragraph, which is read by most recruiters, you will get the chance to sell yourself in a few sentences; the kind of role you are looking for, your qualities and ambitions. Also check out our blog on writing a personal profile for more help.
Competencies and skills
All jobs are different of course. However, during your career, you gain competencies and skills which are transferable. These strong personal traits are gained through experience and will help you execute any other job more efficiently. Read more about listing skills on your cv here.
Courses and work-related training
Some employers offer courses or training to improve certain skills of their employees. If you have followed any and they’ve improved skills or competencies that are relevant for your new job, make sure to include them. Make sure to mention whether you earned a diploma or certificate!
You can also gain certain skills and competencies in a non-professional setting. For instance by doing voluntary work as a coach, trainer or accountant for a club or organization. If you have done these activities during your study, they are referred to as extracurricular activities. Make sure to list them including the skills you gained.
What is a chronological CV, and what order should it be in?
The most widely used CV is known as the Chronological CV. This means that time-dependent components, such as education and work experience, are represented in a reverse-chronological structure. Your last (most recent) job should be first (top), and your first job should be last (bottom). This also applies to all other experiences that you mention on your CV that took place within a certain period, such as study programs, courses, internships, and ancillary activities.
The order of your CV is then as follows: personal and contact details, followed by a concise personal profile about yourself. Hereafter, state your training, followed by any work experience, languages, skills, characteristics, and interests.
How to make your own CV (or application letter)
You can create a CV with your own word processing program such as Microsoft Word, and then convert it to PDF format. Search the Internet for a free CV example or CV template and see if you can replicate it. Or, use our CV maker where you can simply enter your data and your perfect CV will be available for download in just 15 minutes. Of course, the same can be done to create an accompanying application letter, too!
When you have completed your CV and application letter, you will be able to send both - along with an accompanying email - to the vacancy you wish to apply for.
Tips for creating your perfect CV
Within our CV maker page, you will find tips with each section to help make your CV the best it can be. Along with these, here are some general tips:
- Only mention relevant information that will add value to the application for the vacancy you are applying for, or that will be of interest to future employers.
- Do not mention hobbies or interests that will raise awkward questions.
- State the most important information on the first page. Include a concise personal profile about yourself.
- Use bullet points and numbered lists to your advantage by making your CV transparent to recruiters.
- Always choose the chronological CV structure, unless otherwise requested in the vacancy.
- Keep your CV short and powerful. Mention important information concisely.
- Keep an eye on our blog for more CV and job application tips!
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- Making a professional CV is a piece of cake with our CV maker with tips and tricks.
- Create your own professional CV that stands out in just 15 minutes.
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- Gain access to creating strong application letters, matching them with your personal CV.
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Have your CV either created or optimised
- Do you find it difficult to create your own CV? Or are you just too busy, and don't have the time? Then have your CV created or optimised by a professional.
- Send us your current CV (or experiences) and we will make your CV in one of our professional templates.
- Your content is professionally, powerfully, and clearly rewritten.
- Within 24-48 hours, your CV is professionally created or optimised, and available to download from your personal account.
- CV maker account allows you to continuously edit your generated CV, and make use of all other functionalities available.