CV - how to do it?
First thing there is to know about a CV or resume, whatever you want to call it, is that there is not a perfect recipe for how to do it right. It depends very much on where you want to send it and what you are applying for.
Both the layout and the content have to be perfect for the position you wish to occupy. When you start working on your CV please be also very careful about the company culture. For example in UK it`s not always proper to use a picture on you CV, they are pretty much against discrimination. In other countries, attaching a photo on the first page of the resume is highly important, so, please do some research before sending any CV to a company.
Another thing which also varies from the job description is the font you should use. If you are applying for a job at a fashion magazine, you can use a more friendlier font, more curvy, like Comic Sans, but not excessively. If your desired job is at a IT company or in Banking for example, you should use more formal fonts like Arial, TNR, etc.
There are a few mistakes a lot of people do in their CV for example:
- At the "Education" part, I saw a lot of resumes where the high school or even middle school appeared first. Thats not ok. Your last degree should be the first on you CV. Honestly, I don`t even know why some people still have middle school on their resume when they already have their master degree in their pocket.
- Please pay attention to the size of the document. NO MORE THAN 2 PAGES, please. A recruiter doesn`t have time to read your biography, he needs a sum up of your skills and activities. Put the most important information at the beginning, right after the name. If you wish, you can use 3 lines to write why you want to apply for that specific position. This will make you CV look more customized for that application.
- Emphasis what matters, be efficient and write on your resume only what is relevant for the position you are applying for, no one cares that you like history and are very fond of ancient Egypt for example, if you are aiming for a job at a bank.
- Be smart and write your hobbies at the end, from there, a recruiter might realize you are a team-player, you like to work with others, you have a social life. 2-3 hobbies would do the trick.
- Write down exactly what you did, don`t copy from the internet some basic stuff. When I see a CV, I really appreciate someone who took the time to think and describe what they did with their own words, this shows me that they didn`t just search on the internet “fancy words to write on the CV”.
- Don`t lie. Thats rule number one. Be careful what you write on that paper because I can promise you, if you are selected on a face to face interview, the recruiter will put you questions about things you have on your CV and thats perfectly normal. The recruiter doesn`t know you, he sees a piece of paper and all the information he/she knows about you are written down there, by you. So take responsibility for what you decided to put on your CV. Don`t write you have a "good command of Microsoft Office Pack” if you have no idea how to use Excel formulas.
- Soft skills. Let`s see how you interact with others. If you like to work with people and you find that easy, write it down. If you work in a team, write that down, if you coordinate a project, don`t forget to put that on the paper. “People want to hire people”, this is what my boss always says.
- Don`t waste space. There is no need to write down how many kids you have or when you got married. Of course, if you apply for a job which includes taking care of babies or who knows what other stuff is there written in your desired job description than yes, write this details, but otherwise, no one needs to know that kind of details from a CV, if they are really interested, even though I think it`s rather rude, they will ask about family at the interview.
I personally suggest you make a CV template for yourself and every time you have something to add, or you wish to apply for a position you just work a little bit on that template and it`s done. Also I encourage you to do it only on specific websites or in a document on your computer, there are many online pages where you can do a CV but not all of them are ok.
This platform is your online CV as some may call it. It`s the place where you get to connect with people, it`s where some recruiters get new employees, it`s where you have the opportunity to make your resume available to the world. You can use it to find a new job, to be in touch with people who have the same professional interests as you, LinkedIn is kind of a must nowadays.
Here are the last tips I want to give you about a CV/Resume:
Make it look organized
Focus on your skills
Highlight all the important details
Present your activities effectively
Let me tell you some things about references. Well, to be honest I never used references on my CV, I just wrote what I did from my point of view. When I applied for collage they usually made me do a whole portfolio with all my extracurricular activities and all the certificates I had at that time. Sometimes I even needed to write a motivation letter.
What I did wrote on my CV were the certificates I had, the English, Spanish and German certificates. I think it`s ok for the recruiter to know that your language lever is “official”, of course, if you have had this certificate for a long time and you had no practice, that`s kind of useless. If it`s one or two years old that`s ok.
So, are your ready to create a killer resume?