Norwegian CV Writing Guide

Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, work in Norway needs more than just the obvious Norwegian cover letter and Norwegian CV writing and translation – it requires methodical preparation. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you become interested in Norwegian 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 Norwegian 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.

Since most Norwegians speak English, you may write your cover letter and CV in English, unless you are fluent in Norwegian. Stick to one language once chosen. However, you need to accept that not knowing the Norwegian language will put you at real disadvantage from the local job seekers.

Prepare yourself - before writing your CV research 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.

Typewrite your Norwegian CV in reverse chronological order (most recent activities first) and no longer then two pages in A4 format.

The aim of your Norwegian CV should be to persuade recruiters to invite you for a job interview. Therefore, your CV is a marketing tool, which should be adapted 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.

Start the Norwegian CV with your personal details including name, address, contact information with a telephone number, place and date of birth (note that the day, the month and the year are written densely together, without blank spaces or dots in between) and marital status.

Make your CV more effective and emphasize what you have to offer to the employer. Use power words and action verbs to describe your achievements, such as contributed, organized, trained, managed, developed, coordinated, etc. For maximum impact, bullet point these at the start of a sentence.

Often CVs are kept on file for lengthy 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.

Under “Education” list schools you attended including the results. Start with high/secondary school. Continue with college and university training giving dates of attendance, study emphases, diplomas and degrees. Include honors, relevant extracurricular activities, foreign travel and additional courses or training in specialized areas, such as languages or IT. Mention your language skills with reference to the spoken and written level.

Next under “Work Experience” list companies for whom you have worked, their locations, dates of employment, your titles and responsibilities - emphasizing areas relevant to the position for which you are applying.

At the end of your CV, list references - preferably managers familiar with your work. Provide their names, titles and contact information. Make sure that the people you have mentioned as referees are aware of it and that they have agreed to say something positive about you. Conclude by citing recognitions, promotions, professional affiliations, military and volunteer service, hobbies and special interests.

Carefully consider what to leave out of your CV and exclude anything that might give prospective employers a chance to discriminate against you.

Make sure that there are no “gaps” in your CV. However, if “gaps” exists, ensure to mention the reason and even report periods of unemployment. If your CV has a large gap, explain why the gap exists and what you did during that period.

It is more common in Norway 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. CV are often scanned by employers, so make your CV scannable by avoiding for example lines or italic fonts etc.

Finally, most employers expect your CV to be to be sent together with a cover letter.


Check the spelling and grammar of your Norwegian 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.

art_remember Norwegian CVRemember that your Norwegian CV must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your CV writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:

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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:

Other Norwegian CV Info

If your Norwegian cover letter and Norwegian CV are ready, distribute them through the job search services to your prospective employers. When your Norwegian job search have been successful apply for the Norwegian visa with Norwegian work permit and start preparing for the Norwegian job interview using Norwegian dress code.

Check the job interview tips do's and don'ts, and find out why people are not hired for available jobs.

In addition, on the international info, job search, visa, work permit, cover letter, CV & resume, job interview and dress code pages you will find many useful tips for overseas job seekers.

Good luck with your Norwegian CV!

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