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How to stand out from the crowd

Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume is a crucial document during the application process. It provides a concise and compelling summary of your experience, achievements and interests, both academically and otherwise. 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's 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 an exploratory chat. Your CV is the perfect tool to boost your chances of getting a job that suits you!

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The free online session CV: the basics interactively provides you with specific tips and advice for making a strong CV.

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General tips on building your cv.


Looking for inspiration? Check out the Pinterest page of the UvA Student Careers Centre. Also, you can download a sample cv here: