Applying: The curriculum vitae

The curriculum vitae is the most important document par excellence when applying for a job. For a regular job application, the CV, as it is abbreviated, is accompanied by an application letter. Both will then form the basis of a possible favorable continuation of the application process. Loosely translated, we can say that the curriculum vitae reflects the course of your life. Or put differently and more extensively, it gives an idea of:

  • who you are;
  • what you have learned;
  • what you can do;
  • what you have already done.

Part 1: contact

The first part of a classic CV is the contact part. It tells who exactly you are and how you can be contacted. So you should definitely include the following information:

  • Name and surname
  • Street and number (possibly bus number)
  • Postal code and municipality
  • Country (especially desirable if you are applying internationally)
  • Gender, date of birth, marital status and nationality complete the picture
  • Telephone number, mobile number, fax, email address,… (make sure you check the emails and faxes)

Part 2: Training and additional courses

In the next part, it is best to provide a chronological overview of your studies. If you tried something for a year, but never completed the study successfully, you may consider not mentioning this. This blind spot in the CV may lead to questions during the job interview (we will discuss this further in our article about the job interview). If we list it, there is a greater chance that questions will be asked about it. It is a decision that you as an applicant must determine. If that year can prove something extra, I recommend mentioning it. Otherwise it is best not to mention this. Of course, you do not have to mention every academic year. Feel free to work per diploma , such as: 2002-2006: Licentiate translator interpreter Chinese – Russian If necessary, you can mention the diploma date and also the degree obtained.

Part 3: Job experience

After your studies you can do the same with your work experiences. You may want to consider briefly mentioning some information about each position you held in the past, but keep it short. (see our article about drawing up a CV) You can work chronologically but also start with the most recent. This way you ensure that the information, which is often the most important, is read immediately. This means that your normally highest diploma will be at the top. Or in the case of your work experience, your most recent job.

Part 4: Specific skills

Now that we have sketched a picture of our current career, we can zoom in on our specific skills. Traditionally, you can provide an overview of your language and IT knowledge here. What many people sometimes overlook is that your social skills can also be mentioned at this point in the CV. Interacting with other cultures can also be a plus for certain jobs, so don’t hesitate to mention it if it could open doors.

Part 5: Miscellaneous

To conclude, you can of course mention extra-curricular activities such as board positions, leadership experiences from a youth movement. You can also mention your hobbies, although you have to be careful with this. No one likes to hire someone with a risky hobby that might result in inactivity. So don’t elaborate on all those fun things here, no matter how great your passion for your hobby is

Sample resume

Personal details

  • Name: Jef De Stempelaar
  • Address: Samplelaan 23 2020 CV Somewherestad
  • Phone: 00 000 00 00
  • Mobile: 0000 00 00 00
  • Fax: 00 000 00 00
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Date of birth: January 1, 1980
  • Place of Birth: Example Village
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Marital status: Married


1997-2000 Professional Bachelor in CV design, Try&Error University of Applied Sciences in Somewherestad. Diploma dated 30-06-2000 1991-1997 HAVO, Laatiksnelwerkvinden-College in Somewherestad. Diploma dated 30-06-1997

Additional courses

  • CV writing course (2000)
  • Driving License B
  • Dactylo (1999)

Professional experience

2005 – present Open Letter Language Center in Somewherestad Position: Letter writer Tasks: Letter design, specialty CVS 2002 2005 Closed Letter Language Center in Somewherestad Function: Stamp paster Tasks: Coordination of shipments; negotiations with the postal authorities

Computer science knowledge

  • MS Word: Extended
  • MS Excel: Extensive
  • MS Outlook: Extended
  • SAP: Average


  • Dutch Mother language
  • English: good command of speaking, understanding, writing and reading
  • German: moderate command of speaking, understanding, writing and reading


  • Computer
  • Sport
  • To write