CV – a sheet of paper on which our professional future depends. I know how hard it is to create the first CV. It would seem that the future employer has to offer only a master’s degree in philology and good intentions, but is it certainly only that? I’m sure that most of you have more than one ace in your sleeve, but you do not know how to display it to get the attention of the recruiter.

I will not go into details today about the recruitment process for the language teacher, translator or copywriter, or corporation. If you are curious about it, then the entry will also appear on the blog.

In this article, I will focus on spreading the philologist’s CV into prime factors, section by section. And finally a small bonus for you

For some time in my previous work I took part in recruitment aimed at graduates of English philology. Thanks to this valuable experience, I noticed what resumes looked attractive from the perspective of a recruiter-philologist, and which seemed bland and did not evoke any emotions, not because the candidate was hopeless, but because he could not present well.

CV is nothing else but our self-presentation, extensive business card, the first impression we make on a potential employer – and as you know, the first impression can be made only once.

My own CV over the years has undergone many metamorphoses and improvements. I have devoted a lot of time to its development and I can say that I am fully satisfied with its current shape.

I would like to share my insights and experiences with you in creating the perfect resume of a philologist. To work:

The appearance and aesthetics of the CV

Visual impressions are of great importance. Maybe not enough to cross the candidate, but they can trigger unnecessary prejudices or simply make it difficult to review your biography.

File format – a philologist, never ever send a CV in Word! Word can be humourous and can make a lot of mess in formatting, whether through incompatible versions of files or through the unfavorable phase of the moon, no one knows. The fonts you have used may not display correctly, and the headers displace. Yes, create in Word, but save the final version in PDF and send only one.

Font – simple, in size about 12, without fancies and excessive ornaments. Stick to 1, up 2 styles to accentuate the headings. Necessarily sans-serif (Calibri, Arial, Tahoma, Verdana), is easier to read on the screen.

Coloring – I read a lot to avoid controversial colors such as roses, but you know what? My CV has accents in a shade of dirty pink and no one has a problem with it. I would rather deal with sharp, neon colors. It’s better to stick to the quenched color palette. Try to maintain a good contrast between the text and the background. Most of the resume is printed and the darker text is clearer.

Length – 2 pages is the maximum. If you have a lot to present in your CV, select only the most important facts.

Photo – it will not hurt and will not help. In my opinion, it is a neutral element, even unnecessary.


Give up writing “CURRICULUM VITAE” in capital letters. It’s like signing a cheese photo with the header “SER”. Everyone knows what he’s dealing with. Instead, highlight your name and, if you have any previous experience, your profession, or “LEKTOR WŁOSKIEGO LANGUAGE” or “TRANSLATOR CHIŃSKI AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE”.

Personal / contact information

You can limit your personal data to 4 basic ones: telephone, e-mail, city (without an exact address, nobody is interested in it) and possibly a website or blog. Civil status, nationality, attitude to military service or other inventions are superfluous.


A place for your self-promotion. I consider this element of the CV as indispensable. This short description of your person is a chance to present your best websites for the benefit of the employer.

Benefits – key word. Think about what your boss will gain by employing you. Look again at the job description and try to describe your best features so that they coincide with the expectations of the employer.

Writing these few sentences in the profile section is the most difficult task in the whole CV creation process. Are you a born German teacher and you love working with children? What is the advantage for a language school? Dress it in other words. You approach each class with enthusiasm and commitment, trying to give children as much practical knowledge as possible through varied games and activities. From the perspective of the employer, it sounds much more attractive, right?


List those of your qualifications that are most relevant to the position. Do not write that you have a driving license when the nature of your job does not require it. Do not color the reality, it will come sooner or later.

Professional experience and education

In this part, there is only room for experience relevant to the position you are applying for. Do not include all holiday jobs, such as hostesses or leaflets, but only those that have enriched your experience or have taught you something important in your future career.

Describe in an interesting way the scope of your duties in previous positions. I think the description sounds best in one person, it shortens the distance and does not sound so official.

If you do not have a specific professional experience yet, do not worry! Everyone started something. Describe in this section the practice / volunteering / activity in student circles, anything that indicates that you have tried to improve your qualifications.

I always say that in college the most important thing is experience gained on the occasion of various initiatives. In the future professional life, it does not matter if you passed a descriptive grammar on 3+ or 5. Unless it conflicts with your own ambitions, do not kill yourself for ratings, and put on an interesting experience.

The description of education is limited to studies: name of the field, specialization, university and time frame. You really are not interested in high school or junior high school you went to

Internships, volunteering, certificates

Unless you have already considered the practices and volunteering in the previous section, it is time to show off the additional initiatives in which you participated. This is important information for the recruiter. Indicates that you are self-development and you are an ambitious philologist.

People who constantly improve their qualifications stand out from the competition and can bring many benefits to the employer. It is known who does not develop, he goes backwards

If you do not have an idea for an interesting form of volunteering, but you are interested in audiovisual translations and want to learn something interesting, then I recommend you Ted Translators. You can try your hand at translating subtitles for Ted Talki in the form of volunteering. A very nice initiative!

Foreign languages and interests

In addition to each language, write the level of his knowledge on the Council of Europe scale (C1, B2, etc.). Interests are also an important part of your CV. Well, if they coincide with the industry in which you want to work, but also go beyond it. Interests speak a lot about your personality. Write something more than: movies and sports. Historical films? Ping-pong?

Remember: the mere invitation to an interview or a response to an email asking for a job is half the battle! Your CV has attracted the attention of the recruiter, you have stood out from the competition.

Unfortunately, it happens that despite the successful conduct of the job interview, nothing goes wrong with the job. Do not take it personally! Sometimes the employer has already decided to cooperate with you, but at the last minute there was someone with even better qualifications or more important experience.

A job interview is partly a lottery. However, try to make sure that everything on your side has been completed with a CV. Read the entire resume several times to find typos and mistakes. Even a small language improvement can make a very bad impression, especially in the case of a philologist.

And finally, 1 of the 3 free CV templates created by me in accordance with all the guidelines you have just read.