How to have a great CV that employers love

Some tips and tricks!

Have you ever wondered why companies reject your profile before even inviting you for an interview, even though you think you bring all the right experience?

Have you ever wondered, if the content and structure of your CV are good enough to compete on the international job market?

 

Keep reading for some tips and tricks on how to improve your CV.

 

 

  1. The picture: Is it necessary to have a profile picture? And if yes, what type of profile picture should I use?
  • Yes, use a picture: Why because it makes your CV personal. A winning smile and positive body language will boost your application.
  • Wear professional dress.
  • Do not use a casual picture or just show a picture of your head.
  • Show your face and your shoulders to present yourself in a good posture.
  • Put the profile picture in one of the top corners of your CV
  1. And how long should my CV be?
  • 1-2 pages, depending on your experience.
  • Even if you have a lot to tell about yourself, no recruiter has the time to read a 7-page CV.
  • If you want to be successful, summarise information and highlight the best about yourself.
  1. What should be included?
  • Personal information: Name, Date of Birth, Nationality, Current Location
  • Education: The highest formal education you have. Do you have a university degree? A vocational training? A high school diploma? Make sure you include it. No need to start with your primary school education, if you have a lot more relevant things to mention about your educational background.
  • Work experience: include all work experience. If you have many years of experience, you can be short on your earlier experiences. Nowadays international experience or volunteer programs are key points when looking at specific profiles, so do not forget to include that!
  1. Does my CV have a clear structure?
  • The structure is very important. Think, that HR departments and recruiter receive a lot of CVs and will only have time to look at your profile for a few seconds. Therefore you should make sure you have a clear outline and that it is easy to find the information quickly.
  • Use larger spaces between sections, e.g. Personal information, education, work experience.
  • Use larger fonds or bold letters to highlight headings, position titles and company names.
  • After formatting your CV, take a step back and put yourself in the position of the recruiter reading your CV and ask yourself: is it easy to find all the info?
  • There is no need for colourful backgrounds or special formatting – basic skills in word should be enough to come up with a great CV.
  1. How should I outline my experience?
  • Be clear on the dates, the company and the positions.
  • It is best to put your most recent experiences and education at the top of each section.
  • We always recommend to not just make a list of positions, but to add some details.
  • It can be a good idea to add 3-5 bullet points for every position, where you can explain your experience in detail.
  • Example:

5/2017-present:  Customer Service Representative at XXX company

– Advising customer via phone, chat and email

– Resolving issues to always achieve the best possible customer satisfaction

– Daily communication in German, English and French

 

Do you think there is something else important in order to improve the CV?

Please, feel free to make your own comments too.

 

Hope these tips helped you to learn or improve some features for the future.

 

Helene Fusshoeller - Delivery Manager & International Recruiter (German Specialst)
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