How to write your CV in French
Your curriculum vitae is your first visit card
- A French CV must be only one page long (pdf format, your photo is not compuslory)
- Lay it out on two columns: dates on the left hand side, text on the right
- Specify high up which position you are looking for
- Make sure there are no spelling mistakes! Ask someone with an excellent command of French to proofread it
Note: When recruiting, the French pay attention to work experience, but also take higher education institutions into account (higher business or engineering schools, university…).
Your CV “Made in France”
On the top left, indicate your personal details: first name, LAST NAME (in capital letters), age, address, phone number and online details, and your address
Employers will ready this part most carefully. Add details to the part on internships (“Stages”) you carried out during your studies or after: specify when you made the internship, doing what, with which company. Put in details on your missions and activities using trade terms specific to the sector. You will find useful information in the National directory of professional certifications. Show all your experiences in your CV, describe your summer and student jobs, add any community or volunteering activities you may have, and make sure you have work certificates for these jobs.
Present your education in chronological order, starting with your most recent qualification and finishing with the less recent one. For each qualification, specify the year on the left and the name of the qualification. The name of the training institution and the city should be on the right. If you graduated with a renowned university, put the name in bold. Specifiy the suject of your thesis and add to your CV documents which are translated into French and describe the topics your studied and the marks you got. You may also need a comparability statement for your qualifications.
Specify your level in languages using the European Language Passport and indicating where you travelled and which test language you passed, IT writting which softwares you use; and indicate all other diplomas or skills such as your driving licence, you first aid certificate, etc.
Show who you are by presenting the (regular) activities which you carry out with an association, your cultural interests and your sports activities, etc. Be as specific as possible: which music instrument do you play, do you play solo or with a band, what is your level… It could help you make a difference.