Are you thinking about going abroad and find a job? If that is the case, knowing how to write a CV in English will be extremely helpful.
Concerning the word used to name this document, we must take into account that it is called curriculum vitae or CV in British English, while in the United States it is usually called résumé.
Firstly, a key element we must consider is presentation. The design must be attractive to the eye, include a 12pt or 14pt typeface, and not longer than two pages. Secondly, the next step consists of focusing on the facts. An effective CV should be divided into the following sections:
- Personal details: Full name, address, phone number and email address.
- Employment and career: Provide a list of your current or most recent job along with the previous ones you had, in case you had them. Include the name of the employers and the dates when you started and stopped working for them.
- Education and training: Include brief details of the relevant educational centres where you studied and the degrees/courses you took (secondary, university), such as names, dates and other merits.
- Personal and professional profile: Add a description and analysis of your personality and skills, especially if these are relevant to the job you are applying for. In this section you should include adjectives such as pleasant, optimistic, competitive, cooperative, as well as the competences you have learnt in other working experiences.
- Other attributes: Here you can include other information such as if you have a driving licence or your level of proficiency in foreign languages (in our case, do not forget about mentioning Spanish as your mother tongue and any certificate in English or other foreign languages).
These sections provide most of the information employers look for, and you will be contacted either via telephone or email in case additional information is required. A last point concerning differences between CVs written in Spain and those written in the English-speaking world would be the attachment of a photograph: in these countries it is considered inappropriate to include a picture of yours in the CV, while in Spain it is usually required to do so. Therefore, do not include any photo.
Now you know how to write a CV in English, give it a go and good luck!