TIPS for CV layout?

This page contains some tips for each section of the blank CV-form or similar sections in your own CV.  HIER NOG LINKEN NAAR CV FORM

Contact Details

First Name & Last Name



Be sure to record a good outgoing message on your voicemail.


Only include an email address if you check your email on a regular basis. You should preferably use an email address that contains your first and last name, such as:

Date of Birth

Concerning the sections below: List the category that you are strongest in first!: work experience or education or skills.

Education  (= as a full-time student)


For each study programme, include:

Field of study and level of diploma earned

Name and location of the school

Study term (or: the date you graduated if there were any years you had to repeat)

Title and brief description of thesis (if applicable and completed recently)



Auto Mechanic, SBR

Kortrijk Technical Institute                                                1997 - 2003


Additional tips:

  List your most recent education first.

  If you have a higher/university degree, you do not need to list the schools that you attended prior to that unless they are relevant to the job.

  Also mention any partially-completed schooling, especially if you are still young and do not have much work experience.

  Use positive words. It is better to say ‘completed first year’ than ‘did not pass second year’.


Additional training  (= adult education – only if useful to the job!)

For each training received, list: Field of study, Name and location of the school, Term of study


Work experience


For each job, list:

Position title

Responsibilities (if relevant to the job you are applying for)

Name and location of the company

Period of employment



Warehouse worker

Fulfilment of outgoing orders and verification of consignment notes

Frisa Kuurne                                                                                                                                    10/2005 – 11/2007


Additional tips:

  List your most recent job first.

  List summer jobs, student jobs, traineeships and volunteer work if relevant to the job and if you still lack much professional work experience.

Skills  (= your strong points, assets that set your application apart)


Knowledge of languages - only if required for the job that you are applying for

Native language: ……

For each additional language, list:

How well you comprehend, speak, read and write the language (from basic to very good).


Computer skills - only if required for the job you are applying for (such as a white-collar employee)

Here, list the software applications with which you are familiar + the extent of your knowledge (from basic to very good).


Technical skills - only for certain occupations (such as a technical profession, ICT, graphic design sector)

= what you can do well and what you are knowledgeable in.

Example: able to drive a fork-lift, fork-lift certified.


Personal skills

= who you are, for example: I am a go-getter, I like working in a team setting.

Here are some questions which might be of help:

  What do your family members/friends/etc. think of you?

  What did your employer/colleagues at your last job think of the work you did? What were you good at?

  Let’s say that the employer is considering two candidates for the job: you and another person, and you both have the same degree and work experience. Why should the employer hire you instead of the other candidate?


Additional information


Here you list any other relevant information which may be of interest to the employer. Example:

  I possess a driving license ‘B’ and my own car

  I qualify for a first job scheme (Startbaan, Active etc.) (ask a VDAB consultant what your additional assets are)

  I am available immediately, or: I am available for starting, for example, on 1 February

  references available upon request


References: = a previous employer, traineeship mentor, etc. who can say more about you, such as whether you are a good worker, or how well you get along with your colleagues.

  only make use of a reference if:

  it will truly provide added value, i.e. if this person could increase your chances of getting the job!!

  if he/she still knows you and still works at the company. Verify this beforehand.

  if you are 100% sure that he/she has a positive opinion of you. You could have someone else call him/her to check this.

  if he/she is willing to do this. Ask this person for permission to use their name.

  for each reference, list their name, their position, the company they work for and their telephone number. Always make sure this information is correct.

  list a maximum of 2 references.