Topic 3 How to write CV and cover letters, tips on job applications, validation process of previous degrees

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The importance of CVs and cover letters

  • When applying for a job, your CV will give a glimpse to your potential employer about who you are and why you want to work there
  • It is therefore the first thing your potential employer sees
  • If your CV is intriguing, relevant with the job position, and well-structured, there is a good chance that you might be asked for an interview

But what exactly makes a CV stand out? (Discussion / reflection)

  • Short and sweet! Maximum 2-pages long
  • Clear and well-structured. Concise
  • No typos, spelling or grammar mistakes.
  • Relevant. You don’t have unlimited space. Make every word count.
  • Contact information
  • Work experience
  • Educational background
  • Skills
  • Professional certifications
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Languages
  • Volunteering
  • Awards
  • Conferences / seminars

How to make your own CV - Europass

  • There are so many ways to develop your own CV, from finding templates online to doing it yourself from scratch – although the first option is always more efficient
  • However, we will focus on creating a Europass CV
  • The Europass CV is one of the best-known CV formats in Europe. It is easy-to-use and familiar to employers and education institutions.
  • You will first have to create your Europass profile with information on your education, training, work experience and skills.
  • After you complete your Europass profile, you can create as many CVs as you want with just a few clicks. Just select which information you want to include, pick your favourite design and Europass will do the rest.