Europass is a European Union initiative which aims to help people make their skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe.
If you are applying for a job in your own country or abroad, or you are planning to go into further education or training, Europass provides you with a portfolio of five documents, free of charge, that help you describe your skills and competencies. In this course, we point you in the direction of one of these documents: the Curriculum Vitae.
Do you know what to include in a CV? How do you organise the different sections? What should you mention in a cover letter? The Europass website answers all these questions and many more. There are three links below: ‘Create your CV’ will bring you to an online editor that helps you build your own CV; it’s very easy to use: you only have to fill in the different fields (personal information, education and training, work experience, etc.) and click on ‘save’. When entering your personal skills, you will be prompted to self-assess your abilities. For instance, if you have knowledge of a second language, you will be asked to determine how good you are at listening, understanding or speaking the language by selecting a descriptor from a list.
Before you get on with putting together your online CV though, we recommend that you visit both the ‘Examples’ page and the ‘Templates and instructions’ page. These are written in 29 different languages and contain very detailed information on what your CV should include.