Example CV

Example CV

A good CV is crucial when applying for a new job. It is your business card and your first impression with a potential employer. Why do you create a CV?The purpose of a CV is to provide an overview of your work experience, education, and skills. This way, the employer can quickly see if your profile matches the job opening and if you should be invited for an interview.

Unfortunately, many job applicants make mistakes when creating their CV. This can lead to not being invited for an interview, even though they are suitable for the position. Some common errors include too much irrelevant information, chronologically organising the CV, and not mentioning contact information. Spelling errors and too much jargon can also make your CV less readable.Therefore, it is essential to make your CV as tailored as possible to the job you are applying for. Make sure that the most relevant work experience and education are highlighted. So customise your CV for each application. Avoid too many "fringe issues" and make the CV easy to read with bullet points, for example. Also, ensure that your CV online is the same as the one you use for your job application.

By following these tips, you can create a successful CV that will increase your chances of being invited for an interview and ultimately landing the job you want. Below you will find an example of a good Curriculum Vitae. However, only use it as inspiration and guidance. It is essential to put your own spin on your CV so that it becomes personal and unique.

Curriculum Vitae [Name + Lastname]

Personal Information

Name: [Lastname], [name]
Mailing address: [Address]
[ + Postal Code + City]
Phone number : +316--------
E-mail: @independentrecruiters.com
Date of birth: [Month + number], 19--
Place of birth: [Place], The Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch
Marital status: Married
Sex: Male/ Female


Aug. 2004- today [University + place], [Program] + (totally english-languaged
education). Major: [main subject].
Jan. 2003-June 2004: Studying abroad? Add what classes you took. If good grades,
also add scores.
1997- 2003: [Name of pre-university college], [place]. HAVO (preuniversity
education) Add what classes you took. If good grades, also add scores.

Professional Experience

Oct. 2005 – today [Your function], [what company/student union etc] in [City].
[Brief explanation over your responsibilities]. (number of hours a week).
Nov. 2003 - Sept. 2005 Consultant, recruitment bureau Independent Recruiters, Amsterdam. Task: Recruitment and executive search. Etc.

Business Courses / Workshops / Additional education

July 2001 (4 days) [Company name, if business-course + Business-course],
[number of participants selected in the Netherlands + if
international total selected].
Febr. 2003 (5 days) Rabobank, course banking.
[year] [Company name], name/topic of training/workshop.
1998 JSR, ERP system.


Oct. 2004 – April 2005 Independent Recruiters, Amsterdam. Responsible for Recruitment etc.

Reports and documents written

If you have ever written a thesis, did a market research and wrote a report on this etc. Add a brief description of the work and if available an ISBN number.


Dutch native
English fluent
German good
French average

Other activities

2000-today [[what did you do],[what company, shop, student union etc], [place]. Briefly elaborate if needed. (number of hours a week).

Computer skills

Good knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS FrontPage, SPSS and the Internet. Small experience with Novell.


Travelling, hockey, golf (in the possession of GVB), skiing, tennis, windsurfing, rowing, horse riding, investing (stocks), fitness, playing the guitar, playing chess, diving (Advanced), etc. Max, two lines!

in Amsterdam