The good CV

​A CV is a chronological listing of all the information about you and your worklife which is of relevance in your job search.

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​​​5 pieces of good advice for your CV​

  1. Your CV should be targeted towards the specific job for which you are applying. Draw up a gross CV with all your information. Then extract the most relevant information each time you apply for a job.
  2. Use reverse chronology, listing the most recent information first. This makes for a good overview.
  3. Your CV should contain all relevant information about you so as to support your application in the best possible way.
  4. Be precise and relevant. Think about what the workplace needs to know about you and take your starting-point in the job announcement.
  5. Elaborate where necessary. As a foreign applicant in Denmark you may find it a good idea to go into details about your education, the educational system in your home country, previous workplaces, working conditions in your home country, etc.

The contents of your CV​

  • Personal data
  • Educational background
  • Job experience
  • Competences, for instance language and IT skills
  • Sparetime interests /volunteer work

Personal data​​​

Here you will write your name, contact information, age, and possibly civil status.

Educational background​​

Put in the year, the name of the programme and graduating institution.

It may be a good idea to give a brief description of your education, particularly if it is of relatively recent date or from a country other than Denmark. If you have just graduated, it is clearly also a good idea to delve into your particular interest areas and the core of your study program.

Job experience​

State your years of employment as well your title and workplace.

Elaborate briefly, preferably by using keywords, on the responsibility areas, tasks, competences, and possibly results attained in your jobs that are of relevance for the job in question. It may also be relevant to explain a bit about the workplace – its size, whether it is privately or publicly owned, etc. The region’s employer does not necessarily know about conditions in your home country.

Language competences​

State what languages you speak and write, and on what level.

IT competences​

State programmes and your user level – include only what is relevant for the job. Consider what the workplace needs to know.

Other competences​

Here you might for instance state what training courses you have attended.

Sparetime and volunteer work​​

To show who you are as a person it can be a good idea to write a bit about how you spend your sparetime.

Consider carefully what may be of interest in relation to the job. Playing a team sport may suggest good cooperation skills, loyalty and a team spirit. If you have been an elite athlete, it may illustrate that you are ambitious, result-oriented and goal-oriented. If you are strongly into genealogy, it suggests that you are systematic and persistent. Volunteer work could suggests organisational talent, an energy reserve and empathy for others.

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