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How to make a CV

 
Imagine a regular day of a recruitment officer. It includes daily revision of tons and tons of applications for a number of positions. Often applications are not relevant, as, let's admit, many of us would occasionally apply for one or another job that doesn't really fit our profile 'just in case'.

To become a successful job seeker, it is important for an applicant to make a document that is

1. easy to read,
2. easy to remember.

Keeping those in mind you will be able to reach out for potential employers more effectively.

Make it short


No matter how fascinating your persona is, try to fit all your qualifications/experience/skills on 1-1,5 pages. More recruiters would spend less than a minute for looking at your application document.

Concentrate on keywords and bullet points


Keywords are what a recruiter is looking for. You will have a chance to talk about your experience in detail during an interview. Short statements with bullet points are also easy to comprehend.

Operate with facts and accomplishments


It is always good to mention your achievements. It allows a recruiter to see that you are an effective employee.

Keep it ordered


It is very important to place all information in the common order that recruiters are used to. Commonly, information should be put in the following order:

  • Name, contact information, picture (optional) - should include your current of future location.
  • Objective - it is always good to make a statement about what you are looking for. Even though you might not be a perfect candidate for the job you are applying to, a good recruiter might think of another opening you could fit too. It also makes a statement about your determination.
  • Previous working experience - starting from the most recent. Put the company, position, duration, and 2-4 bullet points of your responsibilities
  • Education - starting from the most recent, include relevant courses apart from Universities and schools you attended
  • Language skills - in the contemporary world language skills are very important as the companies are often looking for building a multinational environment.
  • Computer skills - list software you are familiar with and your level of knowledge
  • Skills - list your professional and personal qualities that are relevant.
  • Achievements (optional) - for example awards, publications that you find relevant or flattering.
  • Other (optional) - yet interesting sections of your resume that can add a personal touch to the document. You can add here your hobbies, skills and experience of secondary importance.
  • References (optional) - it is good to include some people a recruiter can refer to for feedback.

Include only relevant information


A resume should fit the position you are applying for. Do not highlight your barrister experience if you are applying for a sales manager job. If you are particularly proud of some experience or skills that are not relevant to the job you are applying for - put it under 'other' section.

Be honest


Find a way to put your qualifications and experience in a flattering way, but avoid lying. For example if your language or commuter skills are basic, do not write that they are advanced.

Make sure it looks good


Invest some time into formatting your document. Make sure that alignments, fonts, spacing, styles are consistent. Avoid having one section decided into two pages.

Proofreading, proofreading, proofreading


There is nothing more embarrassing than misspelling and bad grammar. In you have been "wrking cloasely with costumers" at your previous job you are not likely to find a new one.

Photo


Adding a photo of yourself is a subjective issue. Make a research on the policy about this issue in the country you are applying in. In case you decide to use a photo, make sure it is of good quality, it is an individual upper-body or facial shot. You can choose between formal and semi-formal portrait of yourself.

Experiment and use your imagination


Make a research of the best resumes available online. Make your resume look professional, but memorable.

Check out and use CV templates on our website!

 

15 Best Tips to write Cover Letters

  • 1 What is the purpose of a cover letter?
    There is not one best formula you should follow when you write your cover letter. The first and the most important thing is to understand and use the tips below to impress and make the employers want to read your resume, and then call you for an interview.
  • 2 Target the position you are applying for
    The most common mistakes are when job seekers write cover letters and they make them too generic and too long. It is better if you target the position and talk about the relevant skills and experiences.
  • 3 Address the letter to somebody
    Make the effort to find out the actual name of the person who’s going to be reading your letter. It is more personal and you can make a good impression.
  • 4 Sell yourself
    Job searching is like a sales process. The candidate is the product and wants the employer to buy the product, which means to hire him. The resume is the „marketing brochure” that tells details about the product and the cover letter is the „commercial”. A good cover letter gets the attention of the employer and makes them want to read the resume.
  • 5 Write the cover letter to the job, not copy paste your resume
    Most candidates fall into a trap when they reiterate the main points of their resume. Never forget every cover letter is for the actual job. Avoid repeating yourself because the letter could be boring and do not make any extra value. The cover letter is intended to show your suitability for the particular position.
  • 6 Show a solution to the employer for their problem
    It is worth mentioning some thoughts and solutions to show what our labor force could give to the employer. Your cover letter should always be focused on how you can help the employer or the company.
  • 7 Support your solutions
    In the body of the letter, you can go into a few details that support what you just told the employer, but do not use copy and paste from your resume to support your ideas.
  • 8 Use bullet points
    In the body of the letter you should use bullet points to focus the attention which makes your letter easier to read than paragraphs and they naturally draw the eye down the list.
  • 9 Use the requirements of the job advertisement
    If you have a job description you’re working from, answer the requirements they’re asking for and highlighting your skills. If there is no specific description of the job you can show them why they should be interested in talking to you about meeting that need. Write about why are you good at what you do and how can you prove it.
  • 10 Use numbers and measurable results of your accomplishments
    Figures get the attention of many employers or hiring managers. (For example with XYZ Project you increased X % revenues.) This proves that you’re not just all talk. You can back that up with measurable results.
  • 11 Use call to action at the end of your letter
    At the end of your letter try to sum up why they should see you, and let them know when you intend to follow up with a phone call. After using some formula make sure there is a next step or call to action. For example: I hope my application raised your interest and if you think I could be an asset to your company, please contact me to arrange a time and date for a personal interview.
  • 12 Be yourself
    The cover letter is good to show yourself more than just a candidate.  Beware with online cover letter templates because everyone else is doing it, so you won’t be unique. Try to show your personality, use your own words, do not be stilted.
  • 13 Check your spelling then proofread
    After writing down every important details, make sure there are no errors in your letter. Proofread it many times and then get someone else to proofread it. You always end your letter  to write  „Sincerely” then your name and actual date. Best fonts are 12 point:
    - Arial
    - Verdana
    - Times New Roman
    - Helvetica
  • 14 Never send your cover letter as an attachment
    If you’re emailing your resume to the employer never send your cover letter as an attachment. Write your cover letter in the body of your email. You can avoid that your cover letter and resume end up in the trash with everyone else’s.
  • 15 Follow-Up
    The processing of incoming applications takes a long time. You should be patient, if you do not get respond in a few weeks, try to re-submit your application. If you still don’t get a respond, it is possible that other candidate has been selected for the position. In the future, maybe you will be informed about those potential job opportunities that meet the criteria you specified in.

 

Download our Cover Letter templates Example 1
Example 2

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