A CV is a very important tool, often underestimated, that lets us send a specific image of ourselves to potential employers. It must convince the recruiter within seconds and be different from those of other candidates, in order not to be thrown away, right into the trash.
People think that it is a simple list of their career steps and studies. Nothing can be more boring and impersonal than that. The main goal of writing a CV is to impress the recruiter and make a good first impression of ourselves and our stories.
Let’s list the important elements of a great curriculum vitae, in order to have a chance to get a call for an interview. Before we start, I suggest to use the classical CV model, because it can highlight your strenghts. The European one disadvantages your creativity and can look a bit incomplete if you don’t have much experience.
- Brevity and clarity are essential – the CV cannot be more than 2-pages long, or it might be considered boring at the very first sight! This rule is valid for all models of CV (classic, european, with a particular graphic style. etc..). It doesn’t mean, though, that it must be too poor and summary. The best thing is to underline the most original points. Further more, writing too many details can make people lose sight of the most important characteristics sought by recruiters.
- Specificity – don’t send a hundread copies; you need to write your CV and cover letter according to the company you want to send them to. Make them understand that you know the environment they work in. Trust me, it will make a difference. By sending a general CV, you can give the impression of being desperate and not really eager to cover a specific position.
- Presentation – I suggest to add a personal and professional photo of yourself, so that people can put a face on the information you are communicating. It is a bad idea to choose a picture of your last holidays in Ibiza. Being professional is very important and a simple photo can easily leave the wrong impression. You also need to give your personal details, such as age and residence, contacts and links to your Social Media profiles, such as LinkedIn.
- Proper content – Professional experiences and educational background may be listed in reverse chronological order, meaning from the most recent one to the oldest. It is better to describe all of your tasks and responsibilities, so that recruiters can get an idea of your abilities. Don’t lie, you know, truth will come out. List your University studies and include your degree mark, if positive, and your thesis title. You can also describe projects you did or awards you won. Another important part involves foreign languages. It is not enough to list the languages you know; you also need to add your level (from elementary to advanced: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2), especially if you have certificates.
- Personal skills – This is another important element that makes us stand out; you can use this section to write about your personality, life experiences and passions. It is very useful to point out your interpersonal and teamwork-oriented skills. I suggest not to be too formal and rigid, because recruiters need to get to know your personality through what you like to do. Add interesting info, so that your name won’t be forgotten.
- What makes you fit for the job – show your potential boss why you are the perfect candidate for the position! Mention your value and abilities in a few words.
- Authorization for processing personal data – don’t forget this!
Your curriculum vitae is now ready to impress! Good luck!