How to write a CV - The basics

Tips and tricks for creating a high quality resume

CV header

 Personal Information

Information you will need to include in the heading of your CV :

  • Name & Surname
  • Local address
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number


Tips - include a mobile number to facilitate contact and always keep your address up to date.

CV Content

Your professional objective

This statement should be short and concise. It should refer to what you want to do with your career and where you are at the minute. This objective should change with regards to the positions you apply for and indeed as your skills base grows.

After successfully completing my diploma in Social Studies and working as a Youth Action Officer, I am seeking to further my career in youth work by becoming a Youth Project Manager.

Education section

Firstly, think about the order you are going to present your CV. Present the education section first if you have more qualifications than work experience and visa versa.

Your qualifications should include all those you have taken in both academic and non academic institutions and anything that would be relevant to the position you are applying for.

If applying for bar or café work and you have recently completed a food hygiene course include this. Similarly if you underwent any training while working - such as health and safety or sales skills training.

Work experience

This section should highlight all areas of your work experience. There are areas you may not feel relevant, but consider the skills needed or developed during the time you had a certain position.

If you regularly volunteered or took a gap year to work abroad, these all show potential employers an eager spirit. Similarly if you had some part time baby sitting work - it shows that you can be trusted and that you have a caring willing side to your personality.


If you completed a PhD at university or have any publications this is the section where you will list the things you have had published.

The format for referencing will depend on whether you are from a scientific or literary background.

Skills, interests/ other information

Remember that the employer needs an idea of the type of person you are - show that there are more sides to you than work! Include activities you enjoy doing, travels you have been on, sports and other interests outside of work.

Also if you have any language skills, this is a good place to write them. If you are familiar with the European grade referencing - A1 (beginner) - C2 (fluent) then you can indicate your skill level in this way.

Otherwise indicate in words your level of fluency in the spoken written and understanding elements of the foreign language.


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