How do I make a CV?

Yes! Just finished a phone conversation with an employment consultant: I have an appointment to come to the office to apply. The consultant is eager to meet me and asked me to bring my identity card, my CV and my enthusiasm. Identity card: check, my motivation: double check, my CV: what?!

A CV, everyone knows what it is, but what exactly do you put in it? You start with your personaldetails. Try to be as complete as possible: your first name, your surname, your nationality, your date of birth, your mobile phone and/or telephone number, your e-mail address, your home address and any driving licences you possess. A photograph is not required, but it is always nice for a consultant or employer to have a visual idea of who exactly this CV is.

In the next section of your CV you write a short text about yourself. In it you tell who you are and what you like to do. You can also mention what kind of job you would like to do and what strengths you have that allow you to do a certain job.

In the third section of your CV, you summarise your work experience to date. To make it easy for the reader of your CV, list the jobs you have done in the past from new to old. This way the reader can easily see where you last worked. If you do not have much experience, read here what you can put in your CV.

Under your work experience, you can list the studies, certificates or training courses that you have followed, completed or not. The same principle applies here: from new to old. You may skip the education you followed in kinder garden and primary school. You can mention what you have studied in secondary and possibly higher education. The only thing you have to mention is the period in which you did this and the name of the study or training course. You can also mention certificates such as forklift or reach truck.

Now it's time for your skills. Your skills may include your language skills, your strong points, your computer skills and other elements that are worth mentioning. You can also indicate to what extent you can do it, for example: very good, good, average or limited.

As a next aspect, you can tell more about your hobbies and what you do in your free time. Your hobbies tell a lot more about your skills and who you are as a person than you might think. For instance, if you play football, that probably means you're a team player. If you babysit in your spare time, that means you're responsible and caring.

As a final aspect, it is possible to mention references. These are contacts that your future employer can call to ask how you are at work. Here, it is important that you do not just mention anyone. Choose a former employer or manager where you are seen in a positive light. This way, this former employer will speak positive words about you and that is to your advantage of course!

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