Writing CVs and resumes


A CV (curriculum vitae) is a detailed description of your background: education, professional experience, language skills, grants received, internships, etc. It is at least two pages long, but usually ranges from 3 to 10 pages due to its level of detail. The CV is required for participation in research or training programs and is written for the purpose of allowing the admissions committee to form its impression and to properly evaluate the candidate for a scholarship.

The CV is a shorter document, not exceeding 2 pages in length. There is this advice that you should begin with a description of your qualities that will be most important for the position you are applying for.

Choose the right format

There are two main CV / resume formats - European and American. The European format is called EUROPASS. By the way, there is a website on the Internet where you can find tables for generating CVs online in this format. Its main components are a block with your contact information, information about your formal and informal education, professional experience, social activities, the language passport (in which you should describe your level of English and other languages).

An American-style resume is more succinct. For example, you must include contact information, education, and experience. There is also an "Optional" block, which you can optionally fill in with information about your hobbies, leadership and managerial qualities that would be useful for a particular position.

Be careful with words

Words Linkedin says you should avoid when writing a resume:

  • Motivated
  • Creative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Passionate
  • Track record
  • Driven (refers only to the car)
  • Extensive experience
  • Wide range
  • Responsible
  • Strategic

Why? Because they are marked by a significant cliché and therefore will not play in your favor.

Write your resume based on the description of the program for which you are applying.
Carefully read the requirements for applicants and ask yourself the question - what should be in the resume to fully meet the format of the program? It should be clear from your resume that you are the right person with all the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your studies or work. An academic resume, for example, has a "Supportive experience" section where you should put all the information you have about grants, conferences, summer schools, projects, experience managing an organization, or helping to organize events - anything that might indicate that you are interested in a topic and that you have experience.

If you are having difficulties in trying to create a good resume, you can always turn to professional online resume services, which will always take care of even the most complicated resume writing. In the end, the work will be done to perfection and all you will have to do is come in for an interview.