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News article1 March 2024European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion3 min read

Looking for work? Europass helps you polish your CV and improve your skills

The online service Europass offers support and advice in creating a CV and finding training or voluntary opportunities.

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Are you looking for a new job in Europe or thinking about updating your skills? Europass offers free online tools that can help you, whether you’re preparing to look for a new job or want to improve your skills through a relevant course. You can use those tools to create or edit your CV and cover letter, using a format that is easily recognisable across Europe. Volunteering and training can both help you develop your skills in an area that you’d like to work in.

Five million people are now using Europass as part of their job search. Insights from existing users have helped Europass to ensure that the service meets the needs of citizens. There are tips and advice throughout the website to help you get the most out of the service, including videos, an FAQ section and a helpdesk.

You can search for courses from the home page of the Europass website. You can also explore an interactive map to see which jobs are most in demand in different countries – and where there is demand for your skills. In Spain, for example, the highest demand is for software developers and business service agents, in Denmark teachers’ aides and medical assistants are the most advertised roles, while Hungarian employers are searching for advertising and marketing staff and engineers.

Europass features also include a digital skills test. This produces a detailed report with a description of your average level to help you identify your strong and weak areas and give you guidance on how to improve.

Five steps to write your CV

  1. First, register your profile on the Europass website, adding as much detail about your qualifications, previous experience and interests as you choose. List the most recent experience at the top, followed by previous ones, and make sure your information is easy to read by using clear and simple language. Two-factor authentication helps keep your information safe.
  2. From your profile click the ‘create a CV’ button to create a new CV template or upload an existing one to the Europass website. Select any of 31 languages in which to create it. To use information that you already added to your profile, click ‘start from your profile’.
  3. You can either use all of the information in your profile, or select just some of the information and jobs listed in your profile that you’d like to include in the CV. You may decide that some previous experience or interests are more relevant to a particular role than others. You can create as many Europass CVs as you like, so that you can tailor them to the requirements of each job, training course or voluntary opportunity.
  4. Choose the design style that you’d like to use, make any final edits – remember to check your spelling and grammar – and save your CV. At this stage, you can choose a file format and a name for your CV.
  5. Finally, you can download your CV, save it in your Europass library. You can head over to the EURES website to share it with potential employers and benefit from tailored made job matching services.

Click here to visit the Europass website, and watch this video for more details on creating your CV.


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