Making a good CV is often the most difficult aspect when looking for a new job. You must present yourself in a short time to an employer who will be browsing through numerous CVs. The objective of the CV is to create a clear picture of you as a person, and your experience. You simply want to be invited for an interview. With a relevant and professional CV, you increase the chance of an interview dramatically.
Of course, you begin with your own details
- Date of birth
- Telephone number (mobile)
- E-mail address (this is often forgotten)
- Photo – why? Because a photo makes a CV more personal and contributes to the first impression of the person behind the CV.
A personal profile, the most difficult section of the CV. A profile ensures that in one paragraph, the reader gets an idea of what kind of person you are. By highlighting your strengths relevant to the position, you draw the employer further into your CV and can encourage the employer to continue reading. The challenge is not to fall into generalities and cliché and to make your profile personal and concrete.
You should present your work experience in a well-organised manner, so that the employer has a good overall picture of your work experience while reading. Of course, your most recent work experience is the most relevant and should be focused on most. Do not hesitate to present relevant additional positions or other activities as work experience, as long as these are (somewhat) relevant to the position.
Describe the activities per each position. Try to list at least five bullet points per position, try not to make it too brief and concise, clearly state what your tasks and responsibilities were.
You do this for every position that you have held over the years. If you have held several functions within the same company, describe these functions separately with the relevant data.
Length of the CV
Let go of the idea that your CV can only consist of one page. Because this actually depends on the number of years of work experience. A good CV has minimum two, maximum four pages. Do not undersell yourself, know that the reader is unable to guess what your responsibilities have included in the past, but also make it relevant to the function you are applying for.
Finally, you can conclude with
- Education and qualifications
- Language proficiency
- System knowledge
- Any other relevant information.
A good and relevant CV will not be put together in an hour, it takes a while. Total Solutions advises their candidates to make a standard, long CV. For each application, delete the less relevant work experience and activities, so that the emphasis is placed on the relevant activities. With a clear layout you lead the employer through your CV, inviting them to ask you for an interview. And if you are fortunate enough to have a keen employer, then you will be better able to negotiate terms of employment with a strong CV.