How to write a Dutch CV or resume in The Netherlands

Your resume gives the prospective employer the first impression of your skills, capacity, and potential. It is therefore extremely important to get it right. Particularly in times of economic downturn, your resume is the most valuable asset and selling point for you to enter the job market. Also, what about your motivation letter in The Netherlands? Does it reflect all your capabilities and experience?

How to write a Chronological CV in the Netherlands

 Find here the information about how to write Chronological CV  and download a CV Template

How to write a Functional Dutch CV / Resume

When applying for a specific vacancy we advice to use a functional Dutch CV especially if you think of switching careers. It is a resume which you create for the specific function.
More about Functional Dutch CV

CV template

CV check

CV rewrite

Have your Dutch CV/ Resume checked or rewritten

Together Abroad now offers the CV Check and CV Rewrite service.
Experienced HR professionals provides guidance and tips on how to better format your CV so it stands out above the rest or  if necessary totally rewrite your CV.


Cover letter in Holland

The cover letter is not necessarily an integral part of your job application in Holland. You can use the passage ‘Personal profile’ in your CV to reflect your experience and objectives.
If the companies requires a cover/ motivation letter it should refer to your present and future plans, showing your prospective employers what you want to do now and what you will do for them in the future.

A cover letter should contain: 

  • Brief self introduction
  • Short description of education, skills and other relevant info
  • Closing indicating your contact details
  • Use key words!



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