You have decided to live abroad for a few weeks or months. Now it‘s time to show the host company, that you are the perfect fit for their job offer. Your host company will give you only a few seconds to convince them with a proper CV. But don‘t worry. With our tips and templates you are optimally prepared. Read on to know how to impress with your CV!
Why do you need a CV?
Your CV is your first contact with the company. The HR wants to evaluate your CV quickly. Since the CV shows your most important experience and knowledge at a glance, it is the easiest and first option for companies to analyze applicants. Therefore, it is important that your CV is tuned to your desired position.
What is included in the CV?
- Use the “Personal Statement” or “Objective” to tell the HR what goal you want to achieve through the internship or the volunteer work. This should not include that you want to improve your language skills. The statement should be a maximum of two sentences long.
- Very important are relevant experiences. For example, if you apply for an internship at the hotel and already have gastronomic experience, tell about that. An activity in the printing shop might not fit. However, the printing shop experience can also be stated if there are no alternative experiences because you are school-leaver or you want to change your job with your internship.
03/2016 – 08/2016 Example company, City, Country
Example tasks, responsibilities and projects
Your graduation and your university are also very important. Specify relevant modules or courses and include the expected graduation date.
09/2014 – present Example University, City, Country
Bachelor of Arts, example course
Relevant coursework: Example module
Expected graduation: February 2018
08/2014 Example School, City, Country
Graduated in A-Level
- Always build your CV achronologically (from present to past). With this in mind, decide whether to start your CV with your “Work Experience” or “Education”. Keep in mind that your relevant experiences should always be visible at first sight.
- In addition to your education path and your work experience, you should specify additional skills. Limit yourself to relevant ones. Important skills are: IT skills such as knowledge of Microsoft Office or relevant applications. Always admit your level. For example, if you apply for a marketing position and have knowledge of Adobe applications such as InDesign or Photoshop, you can state them.
- Which languages do you speak and how is your level at those languages? Do not forget that you are a native speaker in one language. Add your mother tongue to your list of language skills.
- Do you have certificates like the Cambridge certificate? If so, you can list them among your skills.
If you have revised your application with these tips, you are already one step closer to your adventure abroad. Now please read part 2: What to keep in mind to be optimally prepared for your stay abroad.
Your Sí-internships team