My CV: “The magic way” to my next project. Your CV is the privileged communication tool with the business world. Recruiters take on average 6 seconds to read a CV, according to an American study. To catch the recruiter’s eye, the layout needs to be simple and the content detailed yet clear. Here are some practical tips to maximise your chances of selection.
How to draw up a professional CV?
General information and layout:
The main objective when writing your CV is a clear and structured layout. A consistent layout, following the request for information given in the job offer you are applying for, will increase your chances. We recommend you to detail your various skills and key information as follows:
Quality of the content
Spelling and grammar are too often neglected by candidates. They constitute however the first elements recruiters will notice. We advise you to have your CV proof-read by a relative or a professional and to use the spellcheck available on your word-processing software. With this is mind, write a fluent and easy-to-read content with action verbs illustrating your previous experiences.
Your CV should mention all expected information and clearly list personal details such as:
Education & qualifications
If you do not want to lose your reader, we recommend you to emphasize several important points for a good comprehension of your academic background:
In order to confirm your technical knowledge, do not hesitate to list all known software as below:
Do not forget to list your language skills often very useful for international projects, as indicated below:
Professional experiences & references
This part is the heart of your CV. To lighten the content, do not hesitate to give facts and figures and use bullet points. Your professional experiences (jobs, internships, voluntary work) should also appear in reverse chronological order. Some practical advice to improve your resume:
We recommend to add at least one reference for each significant experience (of 6 months or more). A simple reference check will reassure the recruiter and propel you at the top of the list for the final selection.
To be as exhaustive and as reliable as possible, we recommend you to describe each experience as follows:
For information purposes, MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) – courses divided in different modules presenting specific issues and completed with a quiz – are becoming highly popular and can be used as a bonus in your CV to illustrate your professional skills. Do not hesitate to visit the official website with the following link: https://www.mooc-list.com