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CV stands for Curriculum vitae which is Latin for “life description”. In the US, it’s more common to use the term “resume” as CV are more used within academic circles and scientific or medical careers.



How to write

Writing an excellent CV is not just about finding the perfect template online, it’s a way for you to introduce yourself to the employers and persuade them to give you an opportunity for an interview. An excellent CV not only tell what you have done (the past), but also what can be expected from you in a future job. Use short sentences and make it easy for a reader to grasp your CV in two minutes. It doesn’t mean it has to be very short or minimalistic. Adapt it a little bit for the jobs you are searching for. There are lots of information and tips online.

A CV should contain the following:


Personal information

Usually the first part in the CV. Contains your personal information, such as full name, date of birth, nationality, and contact details. Civil status is usually not included when applying for a job in Sweden. In this first part of your CV you can also add your personal profile – a summary of your profile and career objectives. Writing a personal profile is a feat. There are lots of tips online.


Work experience

Make a list of your work experience and employment history, in reverse chronological order. Start with your present or most recent position. Under each experience you may write your main task- responsibilities and what you have achieved. Use bullets and action verbs for this purpose.



Make a list of post-secondary degrees; name of the university, dates studied, name of the degree or major subjects. Also shorter courses can be listed here. If you have some certificates (e.g from language schools or computer courses), this is a good place to display those competences.


Other skills

Make a list of the language you can speak/write in and what level. You can differentiate between your reading, writing, speaking and understanding. Words like "fluent" apply to the speaking part only, and say nothing about reading/writing.  You can use native for your own native language. It’s possible to use The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) scale if you are searching or a job within the EU.


State which software you know and at what level. (Very good knowledge, Good knowledge, Basic knowledge).


Other information
If you have other merits like grants that has been awarded, sport achievements etc. or driving licenses you can make an extra category. You can also add interests her.



References can be submitted on request. Make sure the references are familiar with your job searching process and confirm that you are providing their correct title and contact details.


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