As an optional extra you can add a photo of yourself - either scanned in by computer, or stuck on. But make sure it is a good one. Get a friend or a working photographer to take a good portrait. The pictures that come out from automatic photo-machines usually make you look ill, like a prisoner, or a little „devil” or all of them!
As references give two names - one from your place of study, and one from any work situation you have had. Or if this does not apply, then an older family friend who has known you for some time. Make sure that referees are willing to give you a reference. Give their day and evening phone numbers if possible.
Some experts in CV writing advise not to put „Curriculum Vitae” at the top. According to them it's a CV, it's obvious, you don't need to label it and it wastes valuable space. Instead you should first put your name, big and bold, right at the top of the first page. Strange it may sound, but research shows that people with unusual names are more likely to get interviewed because their names make them stand out. So if you've ever been ashamed that your name is Leslie Hofhopper, now is the time to shrug off those childhood jibes and stand proud. It'll get you noticed.
Looking for a job, it is very important that you know how to offer yourself in the best way to an employer. This is done by writing a 'CV' (curriculum vitae - Latin for 'life story'), called in some countries a 'resume'. The purpose of your CV is to make you attractive, interesting, worth considering.
It can be good to start with a Personal Profile/Objective statement. This is a two or three sentence overview of your skills, qualities, hopes, and plans. It should encourage the employer to read the rest.
Write about your education, give places of education where you have studied - most recent education first. Include subject options taken in each year of your course. Include any special project, thesis, or dissertation work.
In the work experience section list your most recent experience first. Give the name of your employer, job title, and very important, what you actually did and achieved in that job. Part-time work should be included.
Concerning your skills, list your abilities in other languages, computing experience. Possession of a driving licence should be included.
The order in which these facts are documented is important. Convention states that contact and personal details should be at the top, then a brief introduction, then employment history, followed by qualifications and personal interests.
Your personal profile should include your name, home address, phone number, email address and date of birth, nationality. In case your name does not obviously show if you are male or female, include this.
Keep all this information very tight, compact and concise. If you are at a more advanced stage of your career you can choose to reduce the amount of personal details shown as some will be implicit or not relevant.
In the brief introduction sum up your key qualities and list your aims.
Writing about your hobbies and interests try to give an insight into your personality. Consider carefully what you are putting down and its implications. Team events indicate that you are a team player, other activities such as scouting show commitment and the fact you are not adverse to a challenge. If you like reading say who your favourite author is.