Creating a perfect resume is like creating an advertisement, and this advertisement should ensure that you are better a candidate on the market. To be able to make a perfect CV you need to know what the purpose of your CV is. The goal is to sell yourself to an HR employee or recruiter. You want to come to the table and your resume needs to take care of that. So take your resume seriously.
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Does your CV meet the 6-second rule?
Research shows that a recruiter looks at a resume for 6 seconds. Based on this first impression, it is determined whether you fit in the ideal picture. 6 seconds is short! So make sure your CV stands out among the other entries. And that your personal unique selling points are immediately visible. To help you, we take you step by step in the process. With these tips and guidelines a CV is made a lot easier.
Create a perfect CV: The order of the information
What information do you add to your resume? And in what order do you put the parts? We propose this order:
- Contact information
- Short introduction
- Work experience
- Other skills
Step 1: Examine the vacancy
First of all: In order to be able to write a perfect CV, you first need to know what is required from you. Every company is different, no vacancies are the same. Even though they sometimes look suspiciously similar. Read the vacancy and especially the job description carefully. What position does the company have to apply for? Why does this vacancy stand out? Who are they looking for? What should that person be able to do? Try to see it like this: a company has a need or a problem. And it needs someone to offer a solution. It is your job to seamlessly align your resume with the employer’s request.
Step 2: Contact information
The content of this section speaks for itself. Give at least: name, e-mail address, telephone number, place of residence. Optional things are: link to your online portfolio, link to your LinkedIn profile. It is important that this information is correct. Please note that you adjust this information if, for example, you have moved or have a new phone number. It would be a shame if the recruiter can not reach you, right?
Step 3: Short introduction
Then briefly tell about your skills and work experience. Include how you want to help the company grow. You try, as it were, to attract the attention of the recruiter. Avoid cliches, use your own words, show who you are! How do you handle this? For example, by giving a short summary (4-6 bullet points) in which you describe your most important skills.
Step 4: Work experience
This is also the core of your resume. This proves that you have the skills and experience that are requested in the vacancy. And that you are therefore suitable for the job. Always start with the most recent work experience and work back into the past. For each employer, state the name of the company, the place, your job description and the dates you have worked there. Then you give a brief summary of your tasks (3-5 bullet points).
Questions that can help you:
- What is the most important thing you have achieved in that job?
- Main project you were on? And did you succeed?
- What was your biggest challenge and how did you deal with it?
- What has changed or happened in the company?
Note: only mention the employers and workspaces that are relevant to the job you are applying for. This may mean that you have to adjust your CV every now and then.
Step 5: Training
Your education is often the basis of your knowledge and interests. It is the starting point of your personal expertise. It is important to mention so. Have you followed several courses? Then put them in order of relevance for this job. Which training is most useful for this job?
Sometimes you will have to adjust the order in your CV. Or you can make different versions of your resume so that you can easily switch. What do you mention in this section? The name of the educational institution, the place and when you obtained your diploma.
Step 6: Other Skills
You have now heard the most important steps. But do you want to give your CV a bit more color or a personal touch? Consider also adding one of the following parts to make your resume stronger.
- Side activities
- Technical skills
- Additional knowledge
Depending on your field of work, it can sometimes be of great added value that you have obtained certain certificates. This is particularly common in healthcare, education, catering and construction. Often this is requested in the vacancy text, but it can never hurt to appoint your additional certificates (they must be relevant!). This also shows that you are willing to learn and develop.
This applies mainly to PhD students and professors. For a job in university education it is often important that you have published an article in a professional journal. This demonstrates that your knowledge and research are considered important. You may also mention publications or articles that you are currently working on.
Are you applying for a performance-oriented job? For example, to a sales or marketing position at a company that has strong competitive pressure? Then it may be worth mentioning certain achievements. Have you achieved beautiful things in a previous job? Then show what your added value was. And relate this to the job you are now applying for. Do you find this difficult to say successes you accomplished? The following tips will help you on your way. Have you been responsible for:
- Money earned for a company?
- Saving money for a company or department?
- Helping a team to work more efficiently?
- Always meeting your deadlines?
- Always hitting your KPIs?
- Side activities
Secondary activities are things that you do or have done next to your job or education. You show your interests as it were, and they give the employer a good idea of your character. Never underestimate the importance of volunteering, participation in a study committee or your personal blog.
Are you applying for a job in IT? Or do you think that certain technical skills will be useful in this job? Then it can have added value to name this specific knowledge. For example:
- Your software knowledge (Microsoft Office, Oracle) or programming languages (C ++, HTML).
- Additional knowledge
- Language skills (English, German, French, Spanish)
- Driving licenses
- ICT skills (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
Will be an added point for the employer to select you.
Create a perfect CV: markup do’s and don’ts
The layout of your CV is important. It is the finishing touch with which you can distinguish your CV from the rest. So do not be afraid to give your CV a personal touch. But at the same time prevent it from becoming a funfair. Here are some ‘rules’ for the layout of your resume.
Choose a style that fits the company.
Choose a font that is easy to read, such as Times New Roman, Georgia, Bookman Old Style, Century Gothic, Helvetica, Arial or Calibri.
Make sure your CV fits on one page. Never mix multiple fonts. Use bullet points to keep your information clear. Adjust your font size so that your resume fits on one page (somewhere between 9 and 12). For each new application, select only the parts that apply to this job. This may mean that you have to adjust your CV every now and then.