The top 7 tips for a perfect CV

At some point in our lives, we begin to look for a job. It can be a part-time job during our studies, an internship or a full-time job after we get out of school. At this point, many of us struggle with writing a resume (CV). In this article, we will provide you with the best 7 tips to let your CV stand out.

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1. CV is an advertisement – First of all, everybody should understand that at the end of the day, a CV is nothing more than an advertisement, which has only a single purpose – to get you to an interview. Since it is a marketing tool, your goal is to sell yourself to the potential employer. Therefore, try to be interesting and write it as a story rather than just as a summary of your life. The story sells! You want to be remembered by a reader of your resume. Try to think this way: What is a reader looking for? What will he think? What I want him to think? After you answer these questions, it will be easy for you to look at your CV from a different perspective. However, always be honest! Lying in your CV will have serious consequences and it is not worth it.

2. Keep your CV short, concise and easy to read – In today’s world, people are overwhelmed by so much information that they are not willing to waste their time if your CV is long and hard to follow. Average time spent by a hiring manager when scanning CV is approximately 6-7 seconds. We recommend to keep it no longer than two pages. Try to use readable fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman or Verdana. Every section title (Work Experience, Education etc.) should be highlighted and also the order of the sections is important. You should put education at the top only if you are a graduate and do not have a lot of experience, otherwise, put your work experience at the top and organize every job in a chronological order.

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3. Write a career profile, a goal statement is out! – Honestly, nobody is interested what your aims are and how ambitious you are. You should rather focus on how you can contribute to the company and what you offer to the potential employer. Therefore, a goal statement is useless. Try to write a career profile instead. The career profile should be 1-2 paragraphs long, a summary of yourself, your skills, experiences and it should show you as a suitable candidate for the job. Basically, after reading your career profile, the reader should have an image in his mind of what kind of applicant you are.

4. Do not be generic, instead try to quantify your achievements – The phrases such as : “I am a hardworking person” or “Achieved good time management” are subjective statements. You should be as specific as possible. There is no need to write all the responsibilities you had at the previous job either. The employer is interested in results and achievements which you accomplished in your job because he would like to know the way he can benefit from you, if accepted. Therefore, numbers are always great and make an impression. For example, instead of just writing “I communicated with customers” it is better to write something like “Communicated with more than 150 customers”.

5. Tailor your CV – You should not have only one CV which you send to several employers and then just wait for their response. The best way is to always read job descriptions and find some key words which are stated there. Then you can incorporate these key words into your CV and the employer will recognize two things immediately: you did your homework and read job descriptions, you are the right person for the position as the keywords mentioned by them occur frequently throughout your resume. Therefore, for every position, try to prepare the most suitable version of your CV based on the job description.

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6. Be relevant – You do not need to mention all the jobs you did in your entire life. For example, if you are applying for the job of an accountant, neither your summer job as a kitchen porter is relevant, nor is the fact that you are interested in dancing or watching television in your free time. Most of the time, the hobby section is just useless and irrelevant to the job. Do not waste your space on the paper with things of this kind. Every word on the paper should earn its way there. Oftentimes less is more!

7. No typos or grammar mistakes – This point is clear and reasonable, however, many times people overlook some typos or other mistakes. Therefore, it is a good idea to let your resume be proofread by several people before using it. You can ask you friend, colleague or family to have a look and provide you with the feedback on your grammar. The rule is: “If some typos occur, the recruiter will throw your CV away immediately.”

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by Jaroslav Lubocky

 

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