This portfolio, set up by the European Union is a recognised document that is identical for all European countries. The aim is to facilitate understanding each person’s skills and make mobility easier.
It highlights your pathway and your competences (education, work experience, language skills etc.), therefore making recruitment or further studies easier.
You can use it whether you are a pupil, student, apprentice or jobseeker etc.
It takes the form of a portfolio bringing together 5 additional documents.
Three of these documents should be filled in by you online:
- Europass CV;
- European Skills Passport
- Europass language passport.
Three other documents are issued by different organisations:
- Europass mobility;
- Europass certificate supplement;
- Europass diploma supplement.
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The European CV step by step
To help you present your pathway, diplomas and skills in the best possible way, Europass asks you to create your CV online. Nothing could be easier. 7000 CVs are created every day on the Europass website.
Just follow the instructions:
- Take their tips on-board: clarity, concision, presentation, spelling, education, strong points in your pathway, etc.
- Then fill in the form remembering the tips you have been given.
There are several fields to fill in including personal information, professional experience; education and diplomas, language level; personal competences and skills (social, organisational, technical, computing, artistic skills); additional information if necessary.
- You can adapt the CV format to your pathway by personalising it.
- The format gives you the opportunity to highlight your personal competences and skills. Examples of CVs are available for you to consult.
- Save your CV on your computer. You can then update it online.
The European Skills Passport
Also, the European Skills Passport was launched on 12 December 2012. The ESP is a user-friendly electronic folder to help students, workers or job-seekers build up personal, modular inventory of personal skills and qualifications acquired throughout life.
It can contain a range of documents (Language Passport, copies of degrees, attestations of employment, etc.). When attached to a Europass CV, the European Skills Passport will reinforce the CV by bringing evidence of skills and qualifications listed.
The EUROPASS Language Passport
The Europass language passport is a self-assessment tool allowing you to specify your language skills. Using assessment grids, it ranks your language skills with reference to the 6 levels in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages developed by the Council of Europe.
- Follow the instructions: clarity, concision, layout, character fount, etc.
- Fill in the fields: personal information, other language: self-assessment of your skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, taking part in a conversation. On the right-hand side of these options, the question mark pop-up will give details of your skills for each of these fields.
- Save your language passport on your computer. You will be able to update it if necessary.
Have you already had a mobility experience in a European country? Have you done a work placement, studied abroad on an exchange programme, done a voluntary traineeship for an NGO? The knowledge and skills that you have acquired (learning outcomes) can be recorded in your Europass Mobility. This document is recognised throughout Europe and will be very useful for you when you’re looking for a job.
How can I get it?
Europass Mobility must be filled in by the school, training centre, enterprise or NGO which sent you abroad and the organisation that welcomed you in the host country. Contact the organisation sending you abroad and ask them to get in contact with its National Europass Centre.
What information does Europass Mobility give?
Europass Mobility gives a description of the competences and skills you have acquired during the Europass pathway: the activities/tasks carried out; professional, language, social, computing or technical competences and skills acquired. You can view examples on the website.
The Europass certificate supplement
This is reserved for students who have a vocational diploma.
This certificate supplement describes the knowledge and skills acquired by the certificate holder and gives more detailed information than what is given on the diploma in order to make it easier to understand for employers and organisations abroad.
Advantages: it helps people understand different diplomas. It is recognised throughout Europe.
How can I get it?
Some countries have set up a National Inventory of Certificate Supplements.
If it’s not the case in your country, contact your National Reference Point.
The EUROPASS diploma supplement
The diploma supplement is given with higher education diplomas in addition to the original diploma itself. It describes the knowledge and skills acquired by holders of higher education diplomas.
It contributes to providing a better understanding of higher education diplomas, particularly in countries other than the country of origin.
Where can I get it?
From the higher education establishment which awarded your original diploma.
You can have an idea of what diploma supplements look like by consulting the examples.