CV Writing

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is usually the first item of the application documents the recruiter will look at. The CV writing format differs according to the region you are applying for a position. No photograph and no signature are used in most anglo-saxon countries. On the other hand, it is highly beneficial to include your professional photograph on your CV for applications in continental Europe and many parts of Asia (e.g. Singapore and Hongkong).

One should realize that e.g. certain European degrees (except for Bachelor and Master) and the grading system are widely unknown in other countries such as the USA. Thus it is advisable to give a short explanation.

The CV should not exceed a length of two pages for most industries. In banking, for example, a one page CV is the standard. In other industries, such as architecture, the CV if often followed by the portfolio of the applicant and thus more comprehensive.

In the following section, some CV writing is showcased in practical examples. The first two sample CVs follow the anglo-saxon format (recommendable for applying in the UK and US). After that there are two examples for formats used in Europe and Asia. The last CV follows a rather innovative format.
Generally, a professional CV has the following structure:

1. Personal Particulars (Name, Address, Email, Tel.): For some countries the photograph is also included in the top section. In addition the marital status and date of birth is often mentioned in Europe and Asia.
2. Professional Experience: Usually the company name, dates, job title and short summary of the position and especially achievements is given.
3. Educational Background: This includes tertiary education details and certificates/further professional qualifications
4. Further Skills: This can include language and IT skills
5. Interests: Short paragraph on your activities outside of work (e.g. hobbies, volunteering)
6. References: Usually 2-3 references are mentioned (contact persons) of recent jobs or the educational field. They are mentioned together with either phone number or email address. It has to be made sure that the relevant person actually consents to act as a reference for your application.

Sample CVs:
CV 1: Melinda Bisleri
CV 2: Michael Davis
CV 3: Nancy Vermont
CV 4: Stephanie Hillauer
CV 5: Petra Mustermann