Getting a job is largely dependent on the quality of your CV. Here, Tom Marshall who owns Valuvillas estate agents in Javea on the Costa Blanca in Spain, explains how to present your CV in Spanish.
A CV, short for Curriculum Vitae, is the same as a resume. The term is commonly used in Europe and the rest of the world outside of North America. Writing a CV in Spanish is not significantly different from an English CV, but there are cultural changes to take into consideration when writing your CV in any language other than English. Keeping these changes in mind when writing can help your CV to fit in to desired perceptions and prevent you from missing out on a great opportunity.
Call the first section of your CV Personal Details, or Datos Personales, in Spanish. Include basic personal information like name, address, telephone number, e-mail, date of birth (dd-mm-yy), nationality, marital status, work visa (if applicable), drivers license (if applicable) and availability. It’s also helpful to include a photo of yourself in this section. Most word processors allow for the easy import of photos. It should be a professional looking photo with you in suit or other business attire.
Name the second section Education or Formación Académica. Talk about any degrees you may have and don’t forget to name the type of degree, the institution, and the city and country of the institution. Then write the years you started and finished the program.
Create a third section called Employment History, or Experiencia Profesional. Write about any relevant work experience and the details of what you did while in that position. Include dates you worked at a company, your position, the name of the company and the city and country in which you were employed. Then you can include a brief explanation of your duties and responsibilities.
Entitle the fourth section languages, or Idiomas. Describe your spoken and written skill for all languages you know. Normal quantifiers are elementary, intermediate and advanced. It’s also helpful to make note of your native language.
Call the fourth section computer skills, or Informática. List any applicable skills you have, including working knowledge of different software and operating systems. Don’t forget qualifiers like “intermediate” or “advanced” knowledge.
Complete the CV by adding one section for additional information, or Otros Datos de Interés. This is optional but generally recommended and you can include any other information that doesn’t fit into other categories. Often it can be beneficial to describe a few out of work hobbies or interests and your activity within those areas.
Edit it. Like any important writing, it’s important that it be free of spelling and grammatical errors, especially when writing in another language. Try your best to have a native Spanish speaker look over it for you and fix any problems that may exist.