CV – what and how?

There is no single “correct” way to write a CV or template to use. The standard templates may also differ from country to country. These suggestions are intended for jobs in Norway. 

CV should be clear and easy to read. It should be written in a simple and objective language without spelling mistakes. Every CV should be customized for the position you are applying for.

CV should contain:

  • Personal details and
  • Picture, this is optional (top of the page)
  • Education and qualifications
  • Work experience
  • Experience from other positions, tasks or duties and voluntary work
  • Computer skills
  • Language skills
  • Relevant key skills. Target them directly to match those required for the job as advertised.
  • Relevant hobbies and interests - this is optional
  • Referees -there are no rules of whether you should write your referees in the CV or not. (You should contact them first if you choose to include them in your CV, so they could be prepared and know what kind of a job you are applying for.)

CV should be kept to a maximum of two pages.

Write your work experience, education etc. in reverse chronological order, with the most recent events coming at the top.

Education: Describe your education shortly. If you have taken a course that is especially relevant for the advertised job, highlight it. Include the school attended and dates of study (beginning and degree year and date).

Work experience: Include jobs you have had even though they don’t seem relevant to the advertised job. It is important for a newly graduated to show work experience. Think about what you have learned through those jobs. Were you given any specific responsibilities? If you have worked in a store, have you gained customer experience, counselling and sales experience. Have you experienced teamwork? Describe shortly what was included in your position. Compare it to the requests in the ad. Highlight your experiences that correspond to the ones the employer is looking for. Write dates of employment (month and year of beginning and end).

Other experience:

Other positions, tasks or duties and voluntary work: This shows that you are engaged and have interests besides your studies. What have you learned through those activities? Were you responsible for finances, marketing or something else? If you have gained the skills that are relevant to the advertised job, describe shortly your position, tasks and duties.

International experience: Have you studied or worked abroad? A lot of employers are looking for students with this kind of experience.

Honors and awards: Have you got any honors or awards, for example through student enterprise or professionally related competitions, mention them in your CV. 


Published 9. March 2017 - 15:12 - Updated 18. August 2020 - 15:50