Monday, March 24, 2008

Top tips to create an Impressive CV

1) Simplicity. A CV gives you the first and probably the last chance to get an interview. This is why it is extremely important that the CV to be in your favour. Use it to draw the attention of your work abilities, your achievements, and of your technical knoledges.

2) Achievements are very important in a CV. It is very good to use active verbs like: accomplish, plan, organize, responsible for, lead, etc. A CV is better to be written in a simple form in order to be easy to follow.

3) Reverse chronology. When you start writing your experience, you have to start with your last workplace and then continue in the same reverse order with the next ones, not forgetting to mention the emplyer's name, the date from which you started your job and the last one, the name of the job and a small description of it, and also your achievements. If you are looking for a job for the first time, then write any relevant experience, paid or not.

4) Sincerity. If you lie in a CV, not only that it is not good for you, but you also make the possible employer waste his time. To add extra 6 months experience in a job may look as a good idea, but if the information is checked, be sure you lost the job. But don't sell yourself too cheap. If you think that those three summers that you spent in France working as a volunteer helped you know the country and its culture, then say it!

5) IT abilities. You have to write everything you know regarding computers: hardware, software knoledges, programming languages, database, etc. Do not mention things you haven't done for a long time, or even worser, you have never done; if you are asked about those at the interview, you won't be able to give a proper answer.

6) Education. Write about your achievements during university. Attention: this is not relevant if you are working in that domain for more than two years.

7) Organizing your CV. Do not crowd your CV just to have it on one page if you have more things to write. If it is written on three pages, there is no problem as long as the content is relevant for the job you applied to. If the CV is hard to follow for the employer, he will lose his interest very quick.

8) Grammatical mistakes. No employer is interested in someone who haven't even bothered to correct his own mistakes. Read your CV for checking two or three times very carefully before sending it.

9) Two pairs of eyes. After you checked it, ask someone else to do it too because someone who haven't read it before will notice the mistakes more easily. Do not try to fill in your CV only once. Always go back to it and check it after a few days and see if there is something else you forgot to add.

10) References. Check your references before you use their names. There is nothing worse than using the name of a person who moved or has something against you. The best person you have to use for this can be your employer at the time or a teacher from the university or college.

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