Every CV contains a number of recurring sections. The order in which they are dealt with below roughly indicates the positions these parts will take in your CV. Personal information often comes first and references - should you decide to include them - nearly always get the final position.

Still, there is no such thing as a prefixed order. A number of headings can and should be moved, based on your strengths and on the requirements of the job ad. If an ad stresses experience, list that heading first and focus on previous jobs you've held in related fields. If the employer likes candidates to share a personal interest in the company, you should elaborate on hobbies or extracurricular activities that could be relevant for the job. Do not dwell on achievements you are proud of if they do not mean a thing to a recruiter.


  • C. Jansen, M. Steehouder & M. Gijsen. Professioneel communiceren. Martinus Nijhoff, Groningen/Houten (2004). p. 58-63.
  • AISEC. Solliciteren kun je leren! Rotterdam (1991). p. 53-56