Remember, the CV is going to be read by someone in a possible host company. Try to make it as interesting as possible for the person who might decide to offer you a placement.
Always head the CV with your personal details, and don’t forget to include your mobile phone number and your e-mail address. This makes it much easier to contact you.
When you write up your education please include dates, the full names of institutions and the subjects and courses that you have studied – especially everything related to the field in which you plan to do your placement. Don’t forget to mention the title of any thesis or special project that you have written or are going to write.
IT skills are very important, and the more information you can provide the better. Even if your knowledge is only basic, name any programmes you know, including Internet and e-mail software. If you want to do a placement in the IT sector, give as much detail as possible, stating what you have actually done with the relevant software and hardware.
This may seem obvious, but not everyone does it – write your CV in good English!
Nothing puts a potential company off so much as an incomprehensible CV. It is not always easy to translate concepts from your language to English – ask a friend or teacher to help if you find this difficult. Sometimes it is better to leave names in the original language – for example, the name of an institution, or examination. In this case put an English paraphrase in brackets after it. Keep the layout simple. Try to keep the CV to one page, and avoid irrelevant information – such as the name of the primary school you attended when you were 7.
Tell us what you like to do in your spare time as it gives some idea of the sort of person you are.
Don’t exaggerate or tell lies. The truth has a habit of coming out. Especially if you lie about your English or IT skills.