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CV

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!

CV Feedback Tool

Upload your curriculum vitae to get instant feedback. You can also use the CV Feedback Tool to match your resume with vacancies you find interesting.

Watch the video

Get general tips on how to write a powerful cover letter in this video.

Examples and inspiration

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

Information session CV: the basics

In this online information session, you'll be introduced to working on a CV that presents your competencies in an authentic way.