How to Write a Great Spanish-Style CV or Resume
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The nuts and bolts of writing a great CV for use in Spain. In this time of economic hardship, you need every competitive edge. Get your CV/resume right for job hunting in Spain.
If you’re looking for jobs in Spain, then consider the Spanish-style CV (currículum vitae) as your ticket of admission. Here are the essential steps to writing one.
First consider the language you’ll use for your CV. Unless stated otherwise, if the job ad is in English, you should send your CV in English, and if it’s in Spanish, then you should send your CV in Spanish.
Now you’re ready to start writing. Call the first section in your CV Personal Details (Datos Personales in Spanish). This is where potential employers find basic information such as how to contact you and when you’re available. The most common headings are shown below. You don’t have to include all of them, but you can.
Name (Nombre): List your full name.
Address (Dirección): List your address, including the country if you currently live outside of Spain.
Telephone (Teléfono): List your landline and/or mobile telephone numbers, including area and country codes if you currently live outside of Spain.
E-mail (E-mail): List your most professional-sounding e-mail address.
Date of birth (Fecha de nacimiento): List your date of birth. Remember that dates in Spain list the day first, then the month and the year.
Nationality (Nacionalidad): List your nationality.
NIE: If you are already authorized to work in Spain, then list your NIE, your foreigners' identification number.
Marital Status (Estado civil): List whether or not you’re married (simply put “married” or “single”), and if you have kids, how many.
Driving license (Carnet de conducir): If you have a Spanish driver’s license, specify what type you have.
Availability (Disponibilidad): Listing your availability is particularly important if you have restrictions on your time, such as only being available to work in the mornings, for example.
In this section you should also include a photo of yourself appearing professional-like. Ideally you should use a passport-sized (headshot) photo in color with a white or neutral background.
Note that when job searching in Spain, inquiries about your age and marital status are permissible, and some job announcements will list the age range they want potential candidates to have. In addition, if you’re tempted to leave off the photo, don’t. It’s considered a basic feature of CVs in Spain.