Your CV may not necessarily be the best tool that will qualify you for the job, yet it’s the tool that will guarantee all others. On my previous post, I explain the importance of adding short-term experiences in your CV. It plays a lot of role during screening. But that does not mean you will full all page of your CV with irrelevant skills.
For example, I came across the CV of a job seeker, and she wrote: “Humble and mild during working gotten from being the first child in my family.” As part of her experiences.
You put a lot of time in your CV, but recruiters don’t! They scan in a few seconds whether you are suitable for the job. Your curriculum must, therefore, show what you can do at a glance.
What should not be missing from your CV?
A recruiter or employer who has to view hundreds of resumes takes a quick look at your diplomas, work experience, and place of residence. A short profile text about who you are, what you can do and what you have to offer the company is also welcome.
Keep the layout of your resume simple. Avoid rags and use bullets. Provide a comprehensible CV, without jargon and difficult abbreviations! You prefer to put all information on one A4 unless you have more than 5 years of experience, then you can use two pages. Finally, it is very important that there are no language errors in your CV.
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1. Personal details
Start with your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth and LinkedIn address. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is also in order and fits in well with your CV! Interested employers will certainly visit you on LinkedIn.
2. Work experience and studies
List your relevant work experience, and briefly mention the tasks you did during those jobs. This way recruiters get a good picture of your experience. You may also mention exceptional performances if, for example, you have demonstrably increased the customer friendliness of the company.
Also, add a clear overview of your diplomas or studies. The most relevant first! If the subject matches the vacancy, you can also state the title of your bachelor’s or master’s thesis. Additional training, courses and evening studies are also allowed.
3. Skills and assets
Employers are very curious about your skills. Make sure you state your language skills, computer skills, driver’s license and other skills that you have acquired. Here you can also state your character traits. Are you skilled in communication or a real leader? If you don’t know well, you can ask family or friends to describe you.
Tip: Ask social friends, male and female friends, your neighbors and even your enemies, if have!.
Maybe surprising, but recruiters also look at your hobbies and interests. In this way, they get a better picture of who you are and what you find important. Just like a good photo, that helps for your recognizability.
Finally, you can certainly add references if you have one. A teacher or internship supervisor can also serve as a reference. First, ask permission from the person you provide as a reference and make sure he or she is prepared for a possible phone call.
Tip: A well-arranged and clear CV (curriculum vitae) is an essential link in finding a suitable job.