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CV and cover letter

Your curriculum vitae (CV) is a crucial document during the application process. It provides a concise and effective summary of your experience, achievements and interests, both academically and otherwise.

Convincing the employer

Employers will usually look at your CV first and only then read your cover letter. Initially, employers will only scan your CV very briefly, spending roughly 10-20 seconds doing so. That is why you need to make sure employers can find what they are looking for very quickly. You should always keep in mind the specific requirements of the vacancy and adapt your CV for every application.

You can also use your CV in a networking conversation or in an exploratory chat. Your CV is the perfect tool to boost your chances of getting a job that suits you!


  • Download the sample CV with tips and tricks on how to apply for a job in the Netherlands
Sample CV (pdf, 1 p.)
  • Sometimes images can help inspire your CV. Check out the Pinterest page of the UvA Student Careers Centre.
  • Want feedback on your cover letter and/or CV? careers advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre are happy to help. Consultations last 30 minutes and can be booked in advance. Bring copies of your cover letter and CV.

Cover letter

In your cover letter you describe what your motivation is for the job you are applying for. It also supports the more factual cv with examples of relevant former experiences. You want the recruiter to invite you for an interview.

Keep it short, concrete and authentic and make sure you connect your capabilities and ambitions with what the employer is looking for.