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Writing a CV ( Curriculum Vitae ). Nada Vukadinović. What is a CV?. selling tool outlines your skills and experience opportunity to present yourself in the best possible light. How to present myself?. Highlight your experience Show personal attributes and achievements

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Writing a CV (Curriculum Vitae )

Nada Vukadinović

What is a CV?

  • selling tool

  • outlines your skills and experience

  • opportunity to present yourself in the best possible light

How to present myself?

  • Highlight your experience

  • Show personal attributes and achievements

  • Show your education and related training

  • Make yourself attractive, interesting, worth considering

  • Make the CV short & easy to read

  • ! do not oversell yourself

Which elements are approprite for a CV?

  • work history

  • DOB

  • education

  • skills

  • references

  • a photo

  • political affiliation

  • your existing salary

  • number of children

  • negative experience

  • hobbies & interests

  • weight, height, health

  • list of publications

Types of CV

  • Chronological

    Information included under general headings: education, work experience, etc., with the most recent events first.

  • Skills based

    Skills necessary for the job are highlighted.

How to start?


  •  What do I have to offer? - what am I selling?

    • List down: technical knowledge, menagerial skills, IT, languages, etc...

    • personal strengths & interests


      Bad: Sold books to clients located in Slovenia

      Good: Increased sales by 17%

Sequence of headings

  • Objective

  • Personal information

  • Work experience

  • Education

  • Personal characteristics

  • Interests

Objective (Profile)

Phrase a realistic objective or leave blank:

  • Examples:

  • "An executive creative position where extensive marketing, writing, management, design, and technical skills are required, preferably within Database Management“.

  • “Desire a position in the office management, secretarial or clerical area. Prefer a position requiring responisbility and a variety of tasks”.

Personal information

  • your age

  • nationality

  • Address

  • Tel. No.

  • E-mail

Not to include

  • Age

  • Ethnic identity

  • Political affiliation

  • Religious preference

  • Hobbies

  • Marital status

  • Sexual orientation

  • Place of birth

  • Photographs

  • Height, weight, health

    There are exceptions to some of these items !


  • listed with the most recent first, including results

  • professional development courses, again listed with the most recent first



MEd University of Manchester 2002

BA University of Ljubljana1973

Training courses:

On-line course

managementThe E-Consultants2004

Teaching ESPUniverstiy of Essex1997

Report WritingThe British Council1995

Work epxerience:

  • Reverse chronological order!

  • Include relevant experience and results

  • Grants (honors) awarded

Work Experience -example:

  • 1989 – to date Quality Assurance Technician

  • Created computer applications with the help of a programmer to monitor the factory environment.

  • Analysed the quality assurance system and made recommendations for improvements. These were incorporated into the current quality assurance system.

  • Examined equipment in the factory to check that it met the company standards.

  • Investigated new equipment installed in the factory to make sure that it would comply with quality assurance procedures

Words describing responsibilities:

  • Responsible for ...:

    Planning, implementing, reviewing, negotiating, managing, coordinating, evaluating, directing, facilitating, inspecting, training, producing, providing, informing, executing, developing....


  • Languages (fluency)

  • Specific skills (techniques and equipment, computer programs, technology and other technical skills)

Words describing personal abilities:

  • Creative, efficient, proficient, systematic, hard worker, prefer to act, well versed in..., willing to take initiative, like to work in one place, enjoy challenging experience, persistance to work underpressure, first-hand knowledge of..., having a desire to learn

Interests & Activities

  • Optional

  • Outside responsibilities and interests

Useful web pages:

  • http://www.alec.co.uk/index.htm

  • http://www.handsoncv.co.uk/

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