The Europass resume: Tips for drafting a winning European CV

By Ingrid Ahlgren 14 December 2010

In the European Union, one curriculum vitae template has been the choice of more than 10 million people since 2005. In fact, even non-Europeans use it when seeking jobs in the regional bloc.

Europass, said Philippe Tissot, project manager of the Europass portal within the European Center for the Development of Vocational Training in Brussels, is continually attracting new users. About 10,000 people complete Europass CVs each day.

Among the millions who use Europass is Devex member Francesco Calazzo, an Italian communications professional who would like to work in public affairs for either a nongovernmental organization or an international or government agency.

Europass, Calazzo told Devex, “should, at least in theory, make all the back stories of candidates coherent and would allow for a better, unbiased analysis by hiring authorities.”

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Ingrid Ahlgren

Ingrid is a Devex correspondent based in New York City. She worked as a staff writer for from 2007 to 2009, helping to write guidebooks, including the "Vault Guide to the Top Government and Nonprofit Employers." Before moving to New York, she was a researcher for National Geographic Traveler magazine in Washington, D.C. Ingrid holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, she grew up all over the world.

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