How to Prepare an Impressive Dutch CV

When it comes to applying for jobs in the Netherlands, having a well-structured and professional-looking CV is essential. In this blog post, I will guide you through the steps to create a Dutch CV that will make you stand out from the crowd. 

  1. The first section of your Dutch CV should include short summary of your personal your personal information, such as your location, whether you have a driver’s license and which code it is including your contact number. It helps to link your LinkedIn profile on this part of the CV so that a Hiring Manager can find more information about your experience. 
  2. I’m of the belief that personal statements don’t really have weight to a CV but I learned that it helps to have this on your Dutch CV because it helps with understanding what you are trying to achieve or the tone you put through in writing. This should be a short paragraph that highlights your key skills, experience, and personal attributes. Use this section to showcase your unique qualities and explain what makes you a good fit for the job you’re applying for. 
  3. The next section of your Dutch CV should detail your work experience. Start with your most recent job and work backwards, listing your previous positions in reverse chronological order. For each job, include the job title, the name of the company, the dates of employment, and a brief summary of your key responsibilities and achievements. 
  4. Following your work experience, you should list your educational qualifications. Start with your highest level of education, and work backwards from there. For each qualification, include the name of the institution, the dates of study, and the qualification obtained. If you have any relevant certifications or training, be sure to include these as well.
  5. In the Netherlands, it’s common to include a section on your CV that highlights your key skills and interests. This can include both technical skills and soft skills, such as languages spoken, computer proficiency, and teamwork abilities. Your interests section should be brief and relevant to the job you’re applying for.
  6. Your Dutch CV should be no more than two pages long, so be sure to keep your information concise and to the point. Use a professional font and format, and make sure your CV is easy to read and well-organized. Finally, proofread your CV carefully to avoid any spelling or grammar errors.

Dutch CV

If you are reading this part of the blog post, I trust you have been finding this information useful, as part of a reward, I have put together a list of online platforms you can build your Dutch CV. Some of platforms will require payment before you download your CV, but they are worth it:
  1. Europass: Europass is a free online tool that allows you to create a professional and standardized CV that is recognized throughout the European Union. It’s available in several languages, including Dutch, and provides you with a range of templates to choose from.
  2. is a Dutch CV website that offers a simple and user-friendly CV builder. It provides you with a step-by-step guide to help you create a professional CV quickly and easily. I personally have used this and it is amazing.
  3. Zety: Zety is a popular website that provides a range of CV templates and designs to choose from. It’s easy to use and allows you to create a professional-looking CV in just a few minutes including cover letters.
  4. Canva: Canva is a graphic design platform that offers a range of CV templates and designs. It’s easy to use and provides you with a range of customization options to make your CV unique.
  5. VisualCV: VisualCV is an online CV builder that allows you to create a professional and visually appealing CV. It offers a range of templates to choose from, and provides you with a range of customization options to help you create a unique and personalized CV.

These websites can be useful tools to help you create a professional-looking Dutch CV quickly and easily. However, keep in mind that it’s important to tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for, so it may be necessary to make some adjustments to the templates provided by these websites to ensure that your CV is relevant to the specific job you’re applying for.

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