Spanish CV Writing Guide

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

Do not take too lightly 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 Spanish 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.

There are no strict rules for CVs in Spain. The aim of your Spanish CV should be to persuade the employer to invite you for a job interview. Therefore, 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 Spanish CV find out information about 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.

Your Spanish CV should be no longer than two A4 pages. Usually is in reverse chronological order - most recent activity first, direct, well structured with little space between the headings and contain the following sections:

  • “Personal Details” - list your name, place and date of birth, marital status, address and telephone number, and national ID card or passport number. Often Spanish CV 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.
  • “Education” - detail the institutions you attended with their locations, your academic emphases, diplomas, degrees and dates of attendance. Describe, in order of fluency, your level of oral and written knowledge of languages. Also, mention any honors received, computer skills and overseas travel or study. Include details about internships, courses and part-time jobs.
  • “Work Experience” - remembering to begin with your most recent work experience, list with dates the companies where you have been employed, their locations and specializations, your job title, positions held, tasks, responsibilities and duties performed.
  • “Other Activities” – mention your participation in major seminars, apprenticeships, publications, stays abroad, voluntary activities and hobbies.

Make your 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.

Complete your Spanish CV with a simple "References available on request". It is best to avoid putting references on your 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. However, references of former employers are hardly ever requested in Spain.

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

In Spain, the Internet is increasing in importance as a medium to look for a job. However, you should be aware that an electronic CV does not look the same as a standard one. Spanish employers often scan CVs, so make your CV scannable by avoiding for example lines or italic fonts etc.

art_warning Spanish CVThe recruitment process tends to be rather long, so check how long it will take to get a response.

Most employers expecting to receive your CV together with a cover letter translated and certified qualifications and copies of diplomas.


Check the spelling and grammar of your Spanish 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 Spanish language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your CV, send it to a professional for assistance.

art_remember Spanish CVRemember that your Spanish 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 Spanish CV Info

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

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