How to write a Chronological CV in the Netherlands

A chronological resume is a general CV that you upload on jobboards or send to recruitment agencies as an introduction to your career past. Below you'll find how the chronological CV is built up in Holland. If you are applying for a specific vacancy, it is reasonable to prepare a functional CV.

Personal Information

Obigatory: Mention your name, full address, email, phone
Desirable to mention: nationality, photo, workpermit if required
Not necessary: B-day, BSN  number, marital state, children, driving licence, etc.

Put this infomation in the header to save space for the resume!

Personal profile

Tell your story!  Give a short description of who you are, mention your goal and your skills.


Education: Start with your highest education. 

Courses: Mention only the relevant courses which you attended in your own country or in the Netherlands

Work experience

  • Information:
    • the dates,
    • branche,
    • name of the function
    • ALL the responsibilities which you had to perform.
  • Use bullet teksts.
  • Explain all the gaps between the jobs within your resume.


Mention only your working languages and your level of Dutch

Computer skills

Mention all the programs you have worked with


In Dutch work culture it is very iportant that you fit in the team. Recruiters wanto know who you are, what your interests are, if you are the right person to complement a succesful team.
Hobbies are often more important than your achievements !

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