HOW TO WRITE YOUR CV

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Here are a few tips to get  all chances that recruiters follow-up with your application

BE CLEAR AND CONCISE

“First impression is the last impression”. Indeed, first impressions are essential. Face to face but also virtually. So you really have to work on it as well as on your CV.

Recruiters spend less than 10 secs looking at your CV and they receive around 200 to 500 per year. Here is how you can make a difference:

It has been proofed that recruiters always look at Cvs the same way. They mostly pay attention to 4 sections within 6 secs: name, last job position, past work experience and education.

MIND THE PRESENTATION

Pictures are not mandatory but can be useful and catch the recruiter’s eye.

Forget about CVs of 4 pages long, it must be easy to read and concise. Mind the presentation. It must be clear, well written and sober. Avoid very colorful Cvs.

Only write essential work experiences. Recruiters might then look at the job title and date of your last position. You may as well highlight your duties, projects and skills related to the job position that you’re applying for.

BE HONEST

Be transparent regarding experience and languages. Do not write that you have a good level in German only because you went to Berlin on a school trip when you were 14, it’s definitely a bad idea as your linguistic skills are always going to be verified.

They are most likely going to check your past experience and degrees as well. They usually ask for proofs of degrees and employment attestations. However, if you think that you have acquired some skills thanks to your experience, write it.

Be very cautious with grammar and lexical mistakes. So, do as you wish, use dictionaries or ask someone to proofread your CV but make sure to not leave errors on it.

All your contact information should appear: phone number, email address, skype ID, Linkedin profile. No need to write your postal address, it was only useful 50 years ago…

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