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CV and cover letter

The CV and motivational letter are not the beginning of a internship or job search, it is a collection of past experience with the aim of creating a positive impression for the employer. Applying for a vacancy is the first step that creates an impression of you to your employer. Therefore, it is important to think about what CV you create, what you write about yourself in a cover letter and how you send these documents to a potential employer. 



Career consultants often get asked “Which CV template is the best?” 

CV of any format is a good CV if it is written well, clear and comprehensible. It should not be neither empty nor stuffed with information, as well as free from grammar mistakes. 

Before you pick a template, think about:

  • The aims of your CV – is it for a job or an internship? Is it for the local job market or are you planning to work abroad?
  • What kind of a first impression you would like to make? Inexperienced student in the area, eager to learn new skills? Experienced professional or someone who wants to change their specialty?
  • What is the position and the company you are aiming at? Intern, junior specialist or expert? Is it a new local business, international company with various branches, or a state institution?

 Chronological CV 

A classic template that shows your education, work experience and skills in a chronological order. You may pick this template if your experience has been sequential without long breaks and your education matches your professional experience. This CV helps to make a good impression of a clever and hard-working specialist.

CV example HERE and HERE

 Functional CV

It is advised to use this template if you have no to very little work experience, or if you have changed jobs a lot and had long breaks in between them. Functional CV is good for looking for your first job or going into a different field. You would describe your skills, competences and achievements, however, education and work experience are mentioned later in a functional CV.

CV example HERE

Europass CV

This a template created by the European Commission consisting of a chronological CV, language passport, mobility passport with a diploma and certificate supplement. It is useful when looking for jobs and internships in Europe and international companies. Europass provides a good template to compile a lot of information of your past experience. It is easy to edit and add information in an online editor.

Make Your CV

Modern CV

If the role you are applying for encourages you to be creative and original, it is worth considering creating your CV in a graphic editor or buying a ready-made creative template. One sheet format, infographics and short sentences are usually key elements of the non-standard CV.

CV example HERE

 LinkedIn CV

Career-oriented online network LinkedIn allows to search in an online CV database. This format shows your professional experience and lets you grow a professional network. Stylistically correct and quality CV increases your chances of a recruitment specialist reaching out to you.

Your profile is Your CV, so keep cleen and official 

 CV templates in various vacancy website databases

If you register and fill out CV forms in various vacancy websites, it may increase your chances of being reached out to. These templates are made for easy use in these websites, however they look bad if you use them instead of a proper CV.




Cover letter

Some might say that the cover letter is just a formality that does not matter much in the recruitment process. That can be true. However, if someone reads cover letter, an impersonal copy-paste letter will decrease your chances significantly as it signals negligence and lack of interest. Some companies pay a lot of attention to exploring the motivation of their potential employees, so the time invested in writing your cover letter will not be wasted. 

  Cover letter is worth a lot more if you are applying for a position that has not been advertised!

Main aims of the cover letter:

  • Creating a more personal picture of you;
  • Proving your motivation and explaining why you want this position;
  • Explaining what elements of previous experience and skills will allow you to succeed in this position.

 Questions worth considering before writing the cover letter:

  • What am I aiming for when choosing this position?
  • What kind of impression do I want to make?
  • What do I know about the company that I am applying for?
  • How do I make the employer interested in me?
  • How do my skills and experience apply to the requirements of this position?


 Contents and structure of the cover letter