Writing a Norwegian CV

If you are planning on applying for job in Norway you will need a good CV that lists all your skills and achievements.

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What is a CV?

The CV or the curriculum vitae is essential in your job search. A good CV should show that you have relevant skills and experience which makes you qualified for the job. However, it is important that it is NOT a list of all your experiences and achievements. Rather it must be specifically written to fit the particular company or position you’re applying for.

Personal details

In the CV heading you can write your personal information:

• Name
• Address
• E-mail address
• Date of birth
• Marital Status
• Phone number

Personal Profile

This sections is optional, but if you choose to include it, keep it short. Maximum 3-4 lines.

• A short summary of your personal skills. Use it to show your career focus and/or goals.
• Avoid generic skills. Remember to write them in keywords.

Education

Give a description of your most recent course, school or college, and list the degree or exams you are taking or already passed. 

• Write in reverse chronological order. Your most recent education first.
• Include dates, the name of the institution or school, and town/country of attendance. Integrate your qualifications.
• If you have taken a lot of courses, note down the ones that are relevant for the job.

Experience

Give a description of all your experience. It is usual to give the information in reverse chronological order.

• Mention all your experience, whether paid or unpaid, voluntary, internships, projects, etc. 
• List the name of the company you’ve worked for, including dates and town/country. Give a short description of your role and responsibilities – you can also mention skills developed.
• If you have had many different jobs, you can mention the most recent, and then group together the rest of your past experience.

Achievements

This section is optional. An achievement is unique to your experience and functions as evidence of your abilities. Including this in your CV tells the employer that you can deliver.

• Committees at school – tell about your responsibilities.
• Class representative.
• Committees outside school.
• Achievements outside of school – from part-time work, voluntary work, projects, etc.
• Sport achievements on a professional level.

Language and interest

• Include information as language spoken and written, and whether you are fluent or not
• Listing your interest may not necessarily get you the job, however they do give an all-around picture of you.

Reference

• It is more common to write: References available upon request
• However, if you wish to include references it is normal to name two referees – preferably a former manager and a lecturer or professor
• List them with name, title and contact information.
• Make sure to update your references on what position you are applying for, so it’ll be easier for them to prepare.

Other tips

• An employer usually scans the CV rather than reading it. It is therefore essential that the layout is easy to navigate. Remember to highlight the headings.
• Font size ideally 11 or 12.
• Ideally your CV should never exceed two whole pages and not be shorter than a page.
• Always check spelling and grammar.

Av Warunee Nada

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