A curriculum vitae is an important step towards a possible job interview. Together with your personal cover letter it constitutes the set of documents that is intended to convince your future employer to hire you. First by inviting you for a job interview and secondly by hiring you for a specific position. You find seven handy tips for writing your CV below: everything you need to produce a clear and professional document.
1. Makes sure there are no gaps in your timeline
A CV – in its traditional form – consists of various different elements, including personal data, education, work experience, and skills. Under work experience you list your work history to date. It is also recommended to note your precise role in each workplace. List your work history in chronological order and make sure there are no gaps in your timeline. If you have any gaps chances are high a potential employer will inquire about this.
2. Use a clear writing style
It is important to always write clearly. Naturally that means there are no spelling or grammar errors, but also that the text says what it is supposed to say. Use the active voice and avoid words such as ‘maybe’ and ‘shall’. Don’t make your CV too dense with jargon either, unless you know that the employer is familiar with the terms.
3. Stick to a number of elements and pick a concept
CVs come in lots of different variations. The most standard variation is the time-based version, which lists work, internships and education in chronological order. Then there is the functional CV: the document is arranged around your qualities and skills. In some cases a creative CV is the best way to introduce yourself: in this CV you devise your own structure and layout. Knowing what type of CV is best for you depends on your objectives and the type of work you are applying for.
4. Brief is better
Tip for CVs: Is your CV more than two pages? We highly recommend shortening it. More than two pages is too long for many employers and you run the risk that it won’t be read at all.
5. Make sure you sell yourself
CVs are familiar tools in the world of job seeking. This document contains information about yourself that is important to a potential future employer. That is why it is important to list the most valuable points about yourself on your CV. You sell yourself by highlighting your strong suits and playing down any weaker points by subtly placing them in the background.
6. Stick to the facts
In a CV it is important to stick to the facts and not provide any inaccurate information. While it may be tempting to amplify certain elements, actual lies are more detected more often than not.
7. Do not add a personal touch
A CV is meant to sum up your previous experiences and education. This means it should not include any personal notes. Save any kind of personal touches for your cover letter; that is the perfect medium for your personal motivation.
So far these seven tips for CVs. Take advantage of them and use them for your own curriculum vitae!