Your CV should reflect who you are

As a rule of thumb, your CV should point backwards, and your application should point to the future. Your CV should, therefore, specify your skills, your experience and your education.

Your prospective employer spends only a short time getting acquainted with you and your skills. What you can offer must, therefore, be presented in a clear and concise way. You do this by using good headlines and bullet points.

Your CV should contain

  • personal information
  • profile text
  • competences
  • work experience
  • education
  • courses and further training
  • languages
  • IT
  • volunteer work/positions of trust, etc.
  • references

Competence CV
The competence CV focuses on what you can do, rather than where you worked. This type of CV is relevant to the applicant who does not have much experience yet, or who has been in the same job for many years. Here, you focus on the skills you have acquired from training, internships, student jobs and employment.

Reverse chronological CV
In the reverse chronological CV, you account for your professional experience, education, etc., in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent employment.

CV templates
You can find good examples and templates online from your unemployment fund (a-kasse) or union, which might inspire you. But remember, you must customise the template to match you and your skills.

Obtain outside opinions on your CV
Once you have written your CV, it is a good idea to have others look through it and proofread it. Furthermore, you can have your CV looked over by your unemployment fund.

An extra tip
Adapt your profile text to each application. Remember that the majority of employers will be reading your CV on a screen. Therefore, you must get their attention in the top half.

CV or application first?

  • 80 % of employers read the CV first
  • 49 % of employers do not read the application if the CV is uninteresting

(Source: Ballisager Recruitment Analysis 2017)