For most of us, writing a CV is a very emotional activity. Typically, my clients fall into two groups: “wizards” and “appenders”.
When a person in the first group sets out to create a CV, he or she does it very carefully. Finds employment certificates, records companies, positions, dates, and responsibilities. She creates one, two, and three pages and realizes that what she wrote down does not fully reflect her experience. She would like and could create another 3 pages. She falls into the trap.
A person from the second group is an advocate of adding the current position to his / her CV, without updating previous ones. This is how 2 pages get 5 pages, creating an inconsistent document. Falls into the trap.
I can almost guarantee you that the way you look at your CV is different from how the person reading your application perceives them.
I spoke to a lot of recruiters about the things they always look out for on a CV. There are some rules in their statements that may surprise you.
Below are some tips to follow when creating your CV. If you do, there’s a good chance you’ll be invited to an interview.
1. Your CV should be legible and clear.
If your experience, education and skills aren’t visible at first glance, your CV might as well be empty.
I understand that you want your CV to stand out from other applications and too many graphics distract from your profile.
Pay the greatest attention to the top of the first page of your resume.
- Create a professional summary that summarizes your experiences.
- Add an “employment” section and list companies, positions and dates.
- Create an “experience” section and describe those tasks that are the same as what the recruiter is looking for.
2. Don’t use industry jargon.
If you create a CV with the thought that it will reach your potential manager right away, you are making a big mistake. Remember that your application will initially be in the HR department or in the hands of an assistant. None of your impressive feats will impress if not understood.
HR departments know the specifics of the industry in which they work, but the less complex your CV is, the sooner you will be on the right “stack”. You can agree or disagree with it, but your job is to create a resume that a layman can understand.
- Read the ad and present your work in a similar way.
- Find synonyms that could describe your responsibilities.
- Show your CV to someone outside the industry and ask if they understand everything.
3. Show your motivation and idea for yourself.
Whether you intend to change the industry or apply for a similar position, it is important whether the purpose of your application will be understandable to the employer.
Make sure the person who receives your CV can see the position you are applying for. If you don’t specify it in your CV, the recruiter won’t be able to guess it and you most likely won’t be able to explain it.
Using the popular “I am interested in the position of [job title]”, “I would like to offer my work experience for [company name]” is a valid technique for personalizing a CV, but often not sufficient.
- View the profile of the company you want to apply for.
- Find out about his mission and recent successes.
- In the professional summary (at the top of your CV), describe your commitment to similar activities and emphasize your willingness to implement the organization’s mission.