Curriculum Vitae

Career ranks third on the list of factors with the greatest impact on quality of life and mental health, after health and loss of a significant person (death or divorce).
With the increase in extrinsic material motivation and motivation for professional (self-)fulfilment, employment in an increasingly competitive environment has led not only to the sophistication of HR recruiters’ strategies, but also to the sophistication of the ways in which candidates can be persuaded to take up a job, to adapt to the limited time available for selection, and to increasingly demanding requirements.
This has led to the development of concise, clear, objective CVs with a high degree of originality, in order to make the candidate stand out and catch the employer’s attention more easily.
In this respect, there are a variety of CV models, some classic, accepted mainly by public institutions, others more flexible, accepted mainly by private or multinational companies.
Many shipping companies have their own pre-formatted CV template (CV application form).
Regardless of the model you adhere to, the Curriculum Vitae is a personalised way of highlighting the competences, skills, talents, personality traits, educational and professional experience you have in line with the requirements of the job you want to get.
The CV is not simply a snapshot of the past showing historical and integrated photos in a vertical hierarchical organization, but must provide relevant evidence of your potential for future fulfillment in a dynamic and fast-paced world of professions.
The CV is always accompanied by the Cover Letter and aims to provide answers to a key question the employer asks: “What can you offer us?”
The elements of a Curriculum Vitae as pillars of self-assessment are structured as follows:
  • Objective;
  • Personal details;
  • Personal commitment (What can you offer us? List transferable skills and examples that demonstrate and highlight them. Be consistent with the Company Commitment!);
  • Education;
  • Professional or career experience (in chronological order);
  • Other information (foreign languages, PC skills, hobbies);
  • References.
Recommendations for writing your CV
The aim of recruitment is rather to filter, to reduce the risk of employment, therefore, first eliminate candidates to reduce the number of people to be interviewed.
A quick first reading of the CV takes no more than 20-30 seconds, so you have 30 seconds to impress the employer and distance yourself from the other candidates (Who are you? What and how do you know? Where? ).
Since first impressions count, your CV should not contain more than 1-2 pages.
The role of the CV is to ensure your presentation at a job interview.
Convince your future employer to select you!
Instead of “selling” your skills, the company is more likely to “buy” them!
To do this, you need to create the psychological perception of familiarity, of belonging to the company’s concerns, interests and scale of values, of common language, of empathy, by putting yourself in their shoes, thinking and acting like them.
It sounds cynical, but the company hires candidates capable of responding to its development and performance needs and strategies, not its personal ones!
The ideal situation is when the candidate’s professional goals coincide with those of the company.
Analyze and understand the company’s commitment: who the employers are, what they do, how they do it.
If we understand what the career DNA is, we can analyze the job DNA defined by specialized technical skills, based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, personality they need to fulfill the company commitment.
This DNA is summarised in the job description in the form of what you need to know, do, be: job description, purpose, employee responsibilities, skills, knowledge, previous experience.
Review the company: what strategies it has, what rivals it has, about annual reports, press releases, biography of the management team or person who can interview you, if you know anyone who works there …
Keep in mind the words, phrases, keywords the company uses to describe the job and use them, along with the language of achievement – transferable skills – in writing your CV.
When writing your CV, constantly refer to the company’s concerns and goals with dedication, self-confidence, confidence.
Drafting conditions
On the top right-hand side, you will write your contact details: address, telephone, e-mail, and instead of the Title (CV or Resume), you will write your name in visible characters. Spelling and grammar must be impeccable.
The objective summarises what you intend to do in line with the responsibilities of the post for which you are applying.
It would be preferable for the objective not to be very specialised for the first job, but to be general and long-term (developing a career in the field…).
A paragraph specifies the Personal Commitment which should show what you are worth, what benefits you bring to the company, why you are the one who has what the employer is looking for.
For the first job, education is the most important asset you have, that’s why I thought of Education before Work Experience.
It would be preferable here to emphasize that you are a graduate of a prestigious Naval institution of higher learning, either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree (chronologically, you’ll enter the master’s first, then the bachelor’s).
You could also highlight your academic results, if they make you stand out: your grades, whether you were among the top performers in your year, whether you excelled in certain specialist subjects, the title of your bachelor’s thesis or dissertation, if relevant to the post.
Present your results honestly so that your CV has credibility!
Awards, diplomas, distinctions
If you have such achievements as participation in competitions, scientific communication sessions, participation in research projects, merit scholarships or scholarships awarded by an organisation, traineeships abroad, it is best to mention them separately, with supporting evidence, to make it easier to stand out.
Experience should primarily include internships you have taken part in and the results obtained, voluntary activities, part-time or seasonal jobs in the field.
Essential to this is convincing the employer that you have growth potential, that you are progressing rapidly, that you have improved your performance from simple tasks to increasingly complex responsibilities and that you are capable of taking on new challenges.
Present yourself as a person with leadership potential, strategic thinking, tolerance for uncertainty and stress, attention to detail, ability to work in a multicultural team, communication skills, strong motivation for self-actualization.
Other information: it would be preferable to write down diplomas/certificates obtained attesting the level of knowledge for languages, PC and others.
Humanizes your CV, presents you as a lively, passionate, energetic person, giving reports on other personality attributes that can become transferable skills for the job in question.
The role of your references is to confirm the veracity of what you say.
It is preferable to talk to these people beforehand, inform them about the job you are applying for and ask for their agreement.


Below you will find a template for a European CV (Curriculum Vitae), with the possibility of completing it online, taking into account the advice above.


Europass CV template

Good luck!!!

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