Curriculum vitae (CV)
In a CV, you will describe your skills, work experience and education concisely and clearly.
There are different CV models. In a traditional CV, you can list your skills in chronological order. In a competence-based CV, you can group your skills into different skill ranges. Your CV can also be a video, a portfolio or a web page. Take a look at the different CV models and build a curriculum vitae that suits you.
A CV is usually 1–2 pages long. Remember to update your CV for each new application.
What does a CV contain?
- Name and contact information – address, e-mail address, telephone number.
- Work experience – List your previous jobs, starting with the most recent one. Include the duration of your employment. Describe your tasks and the skills you have learned at work.
- Education – List your qualifications in chronological order, starting with the most recent one. Include the name of the degree, the name of the study programme, the name of the educational institute and the time of graduation.
- Courses – List under one heading the Finnish language courses and other courses that you have completed.
- Other skills – Language skills, IT skills, licences such as a hygiene pass.
- Publications or other demonstrations of skill – If you want, you can list your own publications or demonstrations of skill.
- Interests, positions of trust – You can also highlight your interests.
- References – You can add the names of people who have promised to recommend you for the job. Add the contact information of the references. Remember to ask the reference for permission.
At the beginning of the CV, you can add a summary or a profile describing your background and core competences in a few sentences. You can explain what job search objectives or specific skills you have. You can also include a photo of yourself.
For more information on how to write a CV, see here.