What should a perfect curriculum vitae look like? As you may have noticed, there are many websites with templates and tips that claim to know how to create the “perfect resume”. Unlike those copy-and-paste websites, in this article, the focus will be on the basic structure and personal tailoring that we look for when hiring new members. After all, employers want to see you as a unique individual, not a replica of countless other applications.
How to write a CV with examples!
It is almost unbelievable how many text-block resumes without a shred of creative design pass through the hands of recruiters. Try to look at your CV and ask yourself, if there were several CVs in front of you, what would make yours visually appealing? For example, try creating your resume in Canva, which is free, with some limitations, and almost perfect for amateur graphic designers and everyday use.
Note, while being creative is perfect for companies with that start-up culture or for positions where creativity is a must, know your audience. Some older and more traditional fields and companies may be put off by a fancy CV. Do some research on LinkedIn, YouTube, and other sites to get a feel which CV type is best for that particular position!
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Keep a logical order
Issues with the chronological arrangements of positions, experiences, and schooling is one of the most common mistakes. The basic format should be a logical, sequential arrangement of information.
Tailor your experience
A CV, unlike a cover letter, should be used to simply list experiences, skills, and qualities. However, you should tailor your resume for a specific application, using past experiences that can in some way positively affect your chances of moving on to an interview. Hint, looking at both the job description and company values can be a good reference guide on how to frame your experiences and which words to use!
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Don’t exaggerate about past experiences
There is nothing worse than a candidate not being able to elaborate on experiences listed on a CV, especially if they are false or exaggerated. Of course, it may seem credible on paper, but if a recruiter invites you to an interview they will test your experiences. Would you last or would you be forced to exaggerate further?
We have gone over a few key points that can help you avoid bad habits in CV writing and structure. Using those points and our example below start shaping your CV to its optimal structure and format!