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How to write a CV to work in Portugal

 

Unlike other countries, in Portugal you don’t have strict rules about how to write your CV.  Generally, Portuguese people give a lot of importance to training and academic accomplishments. For a long time, quantity rather than quality seemed to be the trend. Nowadays, Portuguese CV’s are approaching EU standards. As a result, they now tend to be short but still informative.

In general, if you are writing a CV to work in Portugal, you have a wide range of possibilities to do it. Just don’t forget to stand out from the majority!

  1. 1. Format/ Structure
  • - The length should be no longer than 2/3 pages depending on your professional or academic experience.
  • - Academic or professional experience can appear first, depending on what you consider the most important for the job you are applying for.
  • - It’s also a plus if you add a section with information about your diplomas.

  1. 2. Content
  • - Your main responsibilities and accomplishments should be well explained under your academic and professional experience.
  • - It’s important to add professional training you had during your professional experience.
  • - English skills are usually mandatory and it’s very common for Portuguese to speak a third language. Thus it’s very important to add your language skills in detail.

  1. 3. Photo and Personal Information
  • - You should have a picture of yourself.
  • - Name, Nationality, age and address are usually required.
  • - Contacts should include phone number and email.
  • - Also is very common for recruiters to ask for driving license. Thus, if you have it, you can add to your personal information.

  1. 4. References
  • - Portuguese CV’s don’t require references neither recommendations.
  • - It’s not common to check the veracity of former employers.

If you otherwise are thinking about working in Germany or in the UK, you should read our blog posts about it. 

By Joana Correia


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