CV, motivation letter

CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a brief written autobiography, where the applicant provides his or her contact information and information about his or her skills, work experience and education.

Your CV is your first contact with the potential employer. The CV should immediately attract employer’s attention and show why inviting you for a job interview is worthwhile. During initial selection the employers usually spend a few seconds on each CV. Therefore, it is important for your CV to look professional and contain truthful information about your skills and qualification that would be of interest to the employer, since your CV is a way to present yourself, so, if this presentation is made in a careless manner, afterwards only one person may be held responsible for you not being invited for an interview or otherwise, and that person is you. Therefore, you should take the time to prepare your CV extremely carefully, so that when you read your own CV, you think: “Yes, I would like to meet him / her in person and speak about his / her work experience”, and, of course, appearance, language of presentation and terminology used are also important.

Most important tips when writing a CV:
– Pay attention to the appearance of your CV
Describe your skills clearly and logically to emphasise your advantages. Pay attention to details both in the form and the content; spelling, grammar and style errors are inexcusable.
– Focus on the most important things
There are several types of CVs, one of the distinctions is:
ExtendedCV (the CV may include 2 or more pages, where besides basic information a detailed job responsibility description is provided).
Informative CV (a CV consisting of 1 or 2 pages).
– If your work experience is limited (since you have just graduated from school or university), first describe the education acquired, emphasising the places of practice.
– If you already have some work experience, start the CV by listing / describing your workplaces in chronological order, specifying the current or last job first.
– Focus on the key aspects of your education and work experience, your CV should not include education and work experience that is inadequate for this particular case.
– Adjust the CV to the position you are applying for.
Before sending your CV to the employer, make sure that it meets the requirements. Emphasise your advantages in compliance with the requirements of the potential employer. Good knowledge of the chosen company will let you write your CV in accordance with the particular job offer. Don’t forget: never attempt to “embellish” your CV with incorrect information, because you should bear in mind that the truth may be revealed during the interview.

  • Be clear and focused in your writing
    Your potential employer will assess your CV within seconds, so:
    – use short sentences,
    – focus on the essential aspects of your education and work experience,
    – there is no need to include all the workplaces you have worked at in your CV, because most employers are interested in the professional experience you have acquired in the last ten years,
  • also explain why there were breaks in your studies, training or career.
  • Ask someone to read your CV when it’s ready.

Reread your CV again once you have finished, correct any spelling mistakes and make sure that your CV is clearly and logically structured. Ask someone to read it to make sure that its content is clear and easy to understand.

Curriculum Vitae (example, CV Europass)

How to present your skills

  • Foster your communication and presentation skills (24 minutes)

  • Presentation skills

Motivation letter

When applying for a job, a Motivation Letter / Application Letter is also requested very often along with the CV. A Motivation Letter is a document, where the author sets out and justifies his or her adequacy for the chosen work to the employer or organization. Usually it is addressed to a particular company, indicating the specific vacancy with an aim to show the potential employer their suitability and motivation to start working.

  • In the introductory part of the Motivation Letter you should specify what kind of job you are applying for, what has caught your interest in this particular job offer;
  • In the main part you should explain how your work experience suits the requirements specified in the job description and the employer’s needs; explain how your education and qualification meets the requirements specified in the description; you have the opportunity to emphasise your strong points by providing examples;
  • In conclusion you should indicate your availability for an interview, and you can thank the reader for his / her time, noting that you are looking forward to their reply and mentioning that you have attached a CV thereto.

Example (in Latvian)

Example (English translation)

Zane Liepiņa
Address: Liepu iela 1-2, Rīga, LV-1001
Phone: 234567890 e-mail: zane.liepiņ

Mrs. Ilze Grava
SIA “ABC Latvija”
Bērzu iela 17,
Rīga, LV-1002

On 30.09.2014

Dear Mrs. Grava!

With reference to the information published on the website, I would like to apply for the position of a PR assistant at the company ABC Latvija.

In July this year I have graduated from Rīga Stradiņš University, the Public Relations Program, and currently I am seeking ways to use my knowledge in practice and to develop my professional knowledge and skills.

My previous work experience was related to media. I have worked as a project manager assistant at a media agency and acquired skills required in project management, and I have learned that I am skilled enough to involve in professional environment. My job duties were: cooperation with the media and provision of assistance in clients’ advertising project coordination. The knowledge I have acquired through this experience will be useful for me when working in PR sector as well.

I have great sense of responsibility and accuracy, I am highly communicative, kind, I am a fast-learner and I am able to adjust to new circumstances.

ABC Latvija is a company, which, in my opinion, can provide opportunities for professional advancement. Since I am a very goal-oriented person, I am convinced that in such an environment I will be able to develop my professional skills fast and contribute to company work.

I would greatly appreciate your invitation for a job interview in order to discuss my chances to apply for the position of a public relations assistant.

/personal signature/
Zane Liepiņa

Appendices: Curriculum Vitae, European Skills Passport

Here you can learn how to write a Motivation Letter and prepare for a job interview remotely

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