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How to write a successful Job Application and CV

A good CV (Curriculum Vitae) can vary greatly; there is no perfect CV format. Every CV should be written according to the specific job application and situation. There are, however, some general principles worth following. Clarity is a must, and only in exceptional cases does your CV need to be more than two pages long.

  • A good picture of yourself
  • Contact details, phone number, e-mail address and postal address. To add your LinkedIn profile link is also a good idea if your LinkedIn profile is in shape (keep in mind that you can customize your url in LinkedIn).
  • Personal details, i.e. name
  • Education. Describe your degree: subjects, major, thesis, etc.
  • Work experience and internships. Mention your employers, your positions or tasks and the duration of your internships (year and month). Include a short chronological presentation of your work tasks, beginning with the most recent.
  • Language skills. List every language separately and indicate the level of your written and verbal skills.
  • References, e.g. former employers or instructors. Always ask permission to use somebody as a reference! Don’t forget to take the chance and request your previous employer’s reference on LinkedIn.


Think about what you would like to communicate with your clothing style or hairstyle. Your style can be individual and it can also depend on the type of job you are applying for. Also notice that a CV picture is usually used in a small format and therefore small details are probably not visible in the picture.

Your personal details


List your education from your high school diploma onward. Mention the name of the school and the dates for and duration of your studies. It’s not customary to mention your grades. You can give the name of and subject for your thesis, if you think this information is relevant to the employer. Also list courses, MBA degrees, scholarships and internship that could be seen as relevant for the particular position you’re applying for.

Work experience

Your work experience is an essential part of your CV. Chronologically list your employers, your positions, main tasks and the duration of your employments. When applying for your first job this section will of course be brief – it might make sense to write more extensively about your hobbies.

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Language skills

IT skills

List your experience with different computer programmes and with programming languages, if required. Don’t forget your knowledge of operating systems and the Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Always indicate the versions of programmes or operative systems (i.e. Adobe Photoshop CC 2019) and the level of your skills. Only list programmes that are of relevance to the position you are applying for.


Mention your hobbies in your CV. You can list travels, sports or experience of voluntary work, so as to give the employer a more personal picture of you. And should your studies have taken longer than usual, you can show that you have gained valuable experience through your hobbies. And if you do not have much work experience yet, this is the perfect place to tell the employer a bit more about yourself.

Future plans

Employers often appreciate learning about your future plans. You can supplement your CV by writing down a few lines about your plans and goals for the future. This section in your CV is of course optional; you can also mention your career plans in your letter of application.


In order for the employer to get as complete a picture of you as possible you can add some references to your CV. You should, of course, always ask for permission before adding any referees to your CV. The referees should be able to tell the employer something about you as a person, about your capabilities and personal qualities. In other countries, references are commonly used.

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Remember to date your CV. Attach copies of your transcripts to your CV only when specifically mentioned in the advertisement. Don’t forget to name your CV in a clear name, with for example your name, so that the recruiter finds it easy among other CVs.

What to Include in Each Section of the Letter

There are also set rules for the sections included in the letter, from salutation to sign-off, and how the letter is organized. Here’s a quick lowdown on the main sections included in a job application letter:

Heading: A letter of application should begin with both your and the employer’s contact information (name, address, phone number, email) followed by the date. If this is an email rather than an actual letter, include your contact information at the end of the letter, after your signature.

Salutation: This is your polite greeting. The most common salutation is "Dear Mr./Ms." followed by the person’s last name. Find out more about appropriate cover letter salutations, including what to do if you don’t know the person’s name, or are unsure of a contact’s gender.

The next paragraph(s) are the most important part of your letter. Remember how you gathered all that information about what employers were seeking, and how you could meet their needs? This is where you’ll share those relevant details on your experience and accomplishments.

Signature: When you’re sending or uploading a printed letter, end with your signature, handwritten, followed by your typed name. If this is an email, simply include your typed name, followed by your contact information.

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You will be notified by email once the offer has been posted, and the offer will appear in your notifications. You can view your offer by clicking on the Actions menu in the upper right corner of your screen:

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At a minimum, you will need to acknowledge that you have received the offer and then select to either accept or reject the job offer. You will not have the ability to accept until you click the acknowledgement check box.

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