YOUR NEW CV
CV or curriculum vitae is, together with your motivation letter, the first message you send your potential future employer, HR manager. I am sure you have already heard or read about the fact that an experienced HR person spends on average only 30 seconds by reading your CV. Only 30 seconds to judge whether you meet their requirements. That’s why you should use those seconds well and do your best to catch their attention.
During these 30 seconds your future employer can evaluate whether you are a good fit for their organisation, whether your professional experience meet the requirements for the vacancy. This little time suffices them to decide whether they would like to meet you in person or reject your application. And in most cases you won’t get a second chance. There is no second chance making a good first impression with a CV. That is why it is vital to write a professional and well structured résumé. Not to miss a chance to work for the employer of your dreams and …
…GET A CHANCE TO SHOW THEM THAT YOU ARE REALLY WORTH IT!
Well, so how should your CV look like?
It should be simple, max. 2 types of fonts. Concise, no long sentences and parts of text. Structured, you want to include headlines and bullet points. Length of two pages at most.
What should your CV contain? Personal details, information about the highest level of education acquired, work experience and relevant skills, courses, trainings and personal traits useful for the vacancy.
I think this is pretty clear. Write your name, surname, title, phone number and email (be careful not to make mistakes, otherwise no one will contact you). You don’t need to mention your age, marital status, number of children, sexual orientation or health state
You may want to include a photo of yourself. This should be a professional photo showing your face and shoulders. No photos cut out of a picture you took at a party or family session five years ago. I recommend you make the effort and have photos taken by a professional photographer. A lot of studios offer packages that include also services of a stylist and make up artist. The whole process takes about two hours and as a result you get professional picture that will help you make a great first impression. And believe me, that counts. If you can’t or don’t want to invest money or time, there is nothing easier than asking a friend to take your picture. Don’t forget that we all tend to shop with our eyes and the same goes for choosing that professional young lady or gentleman for a personal interview.
3. The highest level of education acquired.
Yes, really the highest. No one really cares which elementary school you attended. State the name of the school, field of study and title you’ve achieved. If you are still a student, include the field of study and expected year of graduation. If you continue to educate yourself, don’t forget to mention relevant courses and trainings.
4. Work experience
You don’t necessarily have to include all work experience you have ever had, especially if you started working 20 or 30 years ago. Mention the last 10 or 15 years and make sure you put the most recent experience one on the top. State the month and year when your employment started and finished, the name and location of the employer and the position you held. List the most important work activities that you were responsible for (5 or 7 points should be enough). Always try to point out those that are most relevant to the position you are applying for. And the most important piece of advice, make sure you don’t forget to mention your achievements.
If something belonged to your job responsibilities it doesn’t mean you actually did it and you did it well. But the fact that you’ve managed to increase the turnover by 12% gives a clear message – I am a skilled sales person!
5. Other skills
Here you should include information that could be interesting for that particular employer. For example: special software skills or language skills. Don’t waste your time or space in your CV telling others about the course of pottery making you took last year (unless it relates to your future profession, of course).
What could I say to sum up? CV should be short, concise, structured and should be able to send you further. It is your ticket for the job interview, so do yourself a favour and spend some time to make it be your business card. And if you are not sure how to proceed…drop us a message. We might well have a good advice for you.