Danish CV Writing Guide
Work abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, work in Denmark requires thorough preparation, starting with a successful application including the obvious Danish cover letter and Danish CV writing and translation. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you become interested in Danish jobs.
Do not underestimate the influence they can have on your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
A CV is similar to a resume in that it provides more details about one’s professional qualifications, experience and education. However, the term "Curriculum Vitae" most often called CV, typically carries a different meaning depending on whether one distribute the CV within the US, Canada or internationally (external to the US or Canada) or is seeking a faculty, academic, research, clinical or scientific position.
You can turn your current resume into a CV. A CV is similar to a resume in that it outlines your professional qualifications and history, but it does so with more detail by adding to the resume the detailed descriptions of your educational and/or professional experiences and personal information that may include nationality, date of birth, marital status, etc.
The aim of your Danish CV should be to persuade the employer to invite you for a job interview. For that reason, your CV is a marketing tool, which you should customize to the market in which you intend to use it. Write an introduction that contains many power keywords and action verbs. Scanners that are programmed to select specific words notice these keywords.
Prepare yourself - before writing your CV explore the company you want to work for. Such information will help you to adapt your CV more effectively to each specific job and use of proper examples illustrating your achievements.
Danish is the official language but English is widely spoken and understood. Although the Danes are good at languages, you have to send your CV with cover letter in Danish unless otherwise requested.
Typewrite your Danish CV on no more then two pages (A4 format), including only the most relevant details, in reverse chronological order - detailing the most recent activities first.
Start the Danish CV with your name and address. Often CVs are kept on file for long periods, so any contact details you give have to remain accurate in the long term. A daytime phone number, with the international access code and e-mail are most important.
Follow with education, listing schools, locations, dates, majors, degrees and honors. Include relevant supplementary courses, languages with reference to the spoken and written levels and IT skills. Briefly mention extracurricular activities, particularly those illustrating leadership or other abilities. First job applicants should also mention internships, volunteer work, and temporary and part-time work.
Begin the ‘Work Experience’ section by describing your current position. For each position, provide starting and leaving dates, the name, location and focus of each company. Include concise details of what the job entailed, your title and responsibilities.
Make your Danish CV more effective by providing examples to illustrate your achievements. Use power words and action verbs such as contributed, organized, demonstrated, trained, managed, developed, coordinated etc. Bullet point these at the start of a sentence for maximum impact.
Finish your Danish CV with personal information, including date of birth, marital status, number of children, nationality and if a non-native - your work permit status. Then, briefly list your outside interests, such as hobbies, sports and activities that give the reader a well-rounded picture of you as a person.
Close your CV with “References available on request”. It is best to avoid putting references on your Danish CV unless you have been specifically asked to provide them. Employers usually ask for references when they actually need them. This is strong indication that an employer is interested in you.
Now, carefully consider what to leave out of your CV and exclude anything that might give prospective employers a chance to discriminate against you.
It is common in Denmark to apply for a job through the Internet. However, you should be aware that an electronic CV does not look the same as a standard one. CVs are often scanned by employers, so make your CV scannable by avoiding for example lines, bold or italic fonts etc.
You do not have to attach a picture, but sometimes a Polaroid is taken during the first interview.
Finally, always include a cover letter with your CV, but never attach any official documents, like diplomas or testimonials to your application.
Check the spelling and grammar of your Danish CV. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your CV, send it to a professional for assistance.
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We recommend that you send your CV together with a cover letter. If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use:
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If your Danish cover letter and Danish CV are ready, distribute them through the job search services to your prospective employers. When your Danish job search have been successful apply for the Danish visa with Danish work permit and start preparing for the Danish job interview and use of Danish dress code.
Good luck with your Danish CV!