Certainly, this question troubles every person. No wonder. CV is a document, on which our success in recruitment often depends. It is our showcase with which we present ourselves to the recruiter. This is why it is so important to prepare your resume properly, both on a content-related and a visual level.
Do you want your resume to attract the employer and guarantee you an invitation for an interview? Whether your answer to this question is yes or no, it is worth reading our article, after all, a few tips will be useful to each of us.
CV is rarely read in full. This is why specific information is important. The person to whom the resume is sent spends literally a few seconds reading it. This is the time when the content we contain must be interesting and attracts the recruiter enough to learn more about our candidacy. How to do it? It’s simple. Adapt your application to the position you are applying for. Highlight qualities and experience that will be relevant to the employer. While you focus on the substantive content of your CV, don’t forget about the appropriate design of the document. Make sure the graphics are interesting, the text is well laid and the font is easy to read. Check that the document doesn’t contain any mistakes. Remember – in the resume both information and appearance are important.
What should be included in a good CV?
It is useful to include a brief professional summary at the beginning of the CV. Including a few sentences in the CV about our achievements, career goals, and skills are well seen. Such a personal introduction catches the recruiter’s attention. Convinces them to take a look at your CV in its entirety.
Photo – is a very important (if not the most important) element of your CV. The first thing that catches the eye of the person looking at your resume is your photo. So make sure your photography is professional and aesthetical.
The CV should contain the applicant’s basic personal details, such as name, surname, place of residence and date of birth. Contact details are also important, i.e. providing a current phone number and e-mail address that we currently use. Check everything carefully before you send your application! Even the smallest mistake can make it impossible for an employer to contact you. Let’s return to the email address for a moment. It should be professional, preferably consisting of your first and last name. This is important because an unprofessional email address can be poorly received by a potential employer. So before you send your resume, think about changing your e-mail address.
Education is another element of your CV. The different stages of education should be listed here, taking into account their starting and ending dates. However, it doesn’t mean that we should list all the places where we have had the opportunity to learn. The employer will not be interested in which primary school we attended. Write the name of the university, the field of study including specialization. You can also include the study mode. This information will be most important for the employer.
Remember – this element of the resume is characterized by reverse chronology.
Then you should focus on professional experience. In this thread, the most important information is the date you started and finished work, the name of the company you worked for, and your position. This information should contain a brief description of your responsibilities. Remember, there should also be an inverted chronology. So, when you are listing your previous jobs, be sure to include your last job at the top.
Additional skills are qualifications that we couldn’t put in the education section and are worth mentioning. These are skills that may prove useful at work, for example, courses, knowledge of foreign languages, knowledge of specific computer programs, or driving licenses.
You should also mention your interests in your resume. Don’t mention generalities. Interests should be precise. Interests can also be the subject of conversation during a recruitment meeting. For this reason, let us point to what we are really passionate about. Just remember – be honest. Who knows, maybe the future employer shares your interests.
Remember to include a data protection clause at the end of your CV. If you don’t do it – according to the law – your employer won’t be able to contact you.
We hope that the above tips will be helpful.