CV is short for Curriculum Vitae, a Latin expression which can be said to be translated as [the] course of [my] life - or better "a summary of your academic and work history".

However, composing a CV/Résumé doesn't mean you should tell about the entire course of your life.

To keep in mind when composing your résumé /CV:

Your CV must look good and be easy to read. Take time to plan the layout.

Remember recruiters may have hundreds of CV's to look through and will often be looking for reasons to reject so it is important key facts stand out and there are no errors. You only have a few seconds to catch the recruiter's attention.

Content you must have in your CV:

Key contact details; name, phone number, address, professional e-mail address etc.  You must list work experience – start with the most recent; education – start with the most recent; language skills - indicate the level of verbal and written ability; IT skills; Other qualifications; References always ask for permission before adding a reference. To save room you can state "Available on request'". Picture? It is not customary to attach a picture to your application. However including a photo can be a good idea, just make sure you select a suitable picture, not just any picture.  

Don't forget to spell check your résumé/CV!