PERSONAL DETAILS

Your name should be instantly visible, which means it should be bigger and clearer than the rest of the personal details text. Either you can put it on the same line as the words 'Curriculum Vitae', or on a separate line beneath but in the same size type. It is also fine to put only your name at the top and omit the words 'curriculum vitae'.

Other usual details are your nationality (and citizenship if it is different, and important for the employer to know for technical reasons). Whether to include date of birth or marital status is a cultural issue. The Americans don't put them in, the British usually do. If you have a recognizable European given name like Mariana or Stefan, you don't need to indicate your sex, but if you have a name like Priit or Marzhan which is unlikely to enable people outside your own country to guess, it is helpful to say. No information about your parents should be included. 

CONTACT ADDRESS

Traditionally comes near the top, though there is actually no reason why it should, other than it's where people expect it. Only include a current address and a permanent address if there is a chance the person you are writing to will need to contact you again after you have left CEU. Addresses are necessary but they are boring and take up valuable space. 

OBJECTIVE

Your objective is something that only appears on US job résumés. An objective, like a cover letter, should always be exactly tailored to the employer that the résumé is going to. In order to formulate your objective clearly, ask yourself why you are applying to this particular company. If your answer is because you want to get an entry level position (first job) and the company is in the business of international marketing, then your objective is:

An entry level position in an international marketing company

Easy, huh? It may seem obvious to you that if you are applying to a marketing company, you want to work for a marketing company, but it never hurts to make the obvious explicit. 

EDUCATION

The first question is the order in which to put your different studies - chronological or reverse (most recent first). The argument in favor of chronological order is that people can see how your career develops. Proponents of reverse order argue that your most recent achievements will be your most impressive and most relevant and therefore need to catch the reader's eye first. This argument is particularly strong the older and more experienced you are, and when you are applying for jobs where your recent experience is relevant. If you only have 2 or 3 items it probably doesn't matter much, but be consistent: do both Education and Employment in the same order.

The second question is the order in which to put the infomation within each entry. Here opinions differ as to whether dates, degree title or instituion should come first, but whichever order you choose, make sure you are consistent, and that you use the same order for your employment section.

DATES

Whichever order you use, do give dates. In the case of a degree, this usually means the date of graduation. If you give a graduation date for your studies at CEU, it will obviously be in the future. It is therefore not really necessary to embellish it with explanations that this will be your expected graduation date if all goes well and you manage to pass your exams. You can give dates to the nearest month, but for a degree, just the year is probably enough. People know that most universities run from October to June.

TITLE

Limit your degree name to the title (e.g. MA) and the subject. You may well have done your thesis on changes in family structures in late eighteenth century rural Lithuania, but "History" is enough. You will only need to provide details of courses or your thesis title if you are writing an academic CV. Even here, if your past studies are not relevant to your future plans (e.g. you want to switch from Economics to Medieval History) there is probably little point in mentioning too many details. Only an overall final grade is needed. A detailed breakdown of grades is unnecessary.

NAME OF INSTITUTION

Again, keep it simple if possible. The name of your alma mater may be 'The Basil Tlostanov University of Vladivostok, School of Social and Cultural Anthropology of European Races' but 'Vladivostok University' is all anyone needs to know.

EMPLOYMENT

Much of what is said above goes for Employment as well. Dates should always be included, accurate to the month, not the day. Job title and employer's name should also be there, though opinions differ over which should come first. It is generally no longer considered necessary to give the employer's address, but it is good to mention the city or the country to give an idea where it happened. Also be aware of the level of knowledge of your reader. If you worked in Moscow, most people know Moscow is in Russia and you don't need to say so. If you worked in Pisek, on the hand, beautiful as it is, few people will know where is, and you may want to tell them.

Particularly in a job CV, your prospective employer will want to know what you have learnt from your work experience. It is therefore a important to list as bullet points under each job the principal duties you were involved in and the things you achieved. Commercial CV companies particularly emphasise the importance of stressing your achievements. For example, instead of "helped organise conference" you might say "successfully organised major conference".

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

These are only necessary in a study CV, and should be kept brief. The date, the funding body and the name of the sources of study is enough.

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

Unless you are desperate for something to fill up space, it is probably only worth to mentioning conferences where you have presented. Include the date, title of conference, location, and the title of your presentation. Only needed in academic CVs.

PUBLICATIONS

Again, these are principally for academic CVs, unless it is relevant to your professional job. Date, title of paper and of the journal (including volume number) is enough, or date, title and publisher in the case of a book.

OTHER

At the end of your CV come the smaller categories of minor but useful skills such as languages, computing skills, driving license etc. For language, stick to simple scale of ability such as fluent/good/fair/basic. Languages you only have a very limited command of and which are not relevant to the job are probably not worth including.

Hobbies and interests are not necessary on a study CV. There are some experts who say that if you include your hobbies on a work résumé it will give the employer the impression you are a balanced person. On the other hand, the same people point out all the prejudices employers may have against certain hobbies (stamp-collecting = boring; protecting the environment or wildlife = politically dangerous, and so on). Decide for yourself, but remember it is the least important part of the CV.