A CV is a factual overview of your skills and accomplishments. In a schematised way, it tells the employer why you are fit for a job.

The people who read your CV, will do so very briefly. They make up their minds in a matter of seconds. That is why you should customise your CV to the individual demands of each recruiter. Customising means using the right CV type and deciding on the order in which the information is listed. It means highlighting one thing, while downplaying another. For example, if the ad stresses experience rather than education, it is advisable to retain the same hierarchy in your CV.

Even if you are not looking for a new job, a CV has its use. Constantly updating it keeps you alert for new job opportunities and saves time when you have found a job you are interested in. Instead of trying to recollect everything worth adding to your CV since your last application, all you'll have to do now is to edit the information you have been updating.

A curriculum vitae can have several functions:

  • Your CV forces you to think about your past achievements and your future goals and wishes.
  • Your CV (together with the cover letter) is the first form of contact with a potential employer.
  • Your CV can be used as a guideline during the interview, so use your CV to stress certain aspects you want to touch upon during the interview.
  • Your CV is your "calling card" for recruitment agencies.
  • Your CV can be added as an attachment in online forms.