You want to apply for an interesting job but you do not yet have a resume. Read how you make a good CV in a simple way!
First of all, it is important to know what exactly should be in a CV. That is why this is a good time to reflect on the essence of what a CV actually is.
You want to apply for a position because you are interested in the job that is vacant. You want to work for the company that offers it. The question is, of course: does the company want you as an employee?
To quickly make a trade-off between different candidates, companies usually want to know a few things about you. A number of data points to compare you with other candidates, and to be able to make an estimate of who you are and what you can do.
The CV is therefore used to make an assessment between you and an x number of other candidates. What is important to understand before you make your resume yourself is that this document must show what your added value is for the company.
The resume: who are you and what makes you an excellent candidate?
The purpose of your CV is therefore to emphasize your strengths as well as possible, and at the same time, neutralize the lesser points. That means make sure you are as attractive as possible in the eyes of a recruiter!
A good CV consists of two core elements:
- The resume looks attractive and clear
- The resume puts the applicant in a positive light
Let’s start with the first core element.
An attractive and well-organized CV
An attractive CV is one that has been neatly created with a word processing program. By structuring the layout properly, you enable the reader of the resume to quickly find the information that is important to him/her. And this point is very important, an attractive and well-organized resume works for the recruiter.
The more job applications are received per job, the less time will be spent per application. If you do not clearly present the information that is important to a recruiter, there is a chance that your CV will be pushed aside after a few seconds.
To give you the tools to make your resume as attractive and clear as possible, we have drawn up six rules for you. These help you to assess whether your CV presents the information in an attractive way.
The 6 rules for an attractive CV
Rule 1: Keep the resume orderly
Rule 2: Use accents such as bold, italics etc.
Rule 3: Adapt your language to the sector and the function
Rule 4: Make sure the content is relevant
Rule 5: Do not make spelling mistakes
Rule 6: Ensure your resume consists of a maximum of 2 pages
The resume puts the applicant in a positive light.
We have just talked about how to make a CV visually attractive. In terms of content, the CV should of course be just as attractive. So it has to be filled with the right information. The question is: what information do you put on the resume?
The answer to this question has already been given earlier on the page. The content of your resume consists of your personal data and achieved ‘performance’.
Achievements include achievements in school results, diplomas and work experience.
Roughly, the information on the CV can be divided into a ‘fixed’ part, and an optional part.
The solid components of a CV:
- Personal data
- Work experience
These are the fixed data that everyone expects to see when reading a resume. In broad terms, on the basis of this information, an initial selection is made between candidates. For some jobs, certain diplomas or years of work experience are expected.
Optional components of a resume:
- Extra studies or courses
- Side activities
The optional components of the CV are more of a distinctive nature. Not everyone puts each of these points on his/her resume. You can choose whether these points are relevant to you.
You can determine whether something is relevant by asking yourself the question: “Does the entry make me a more suitable candidate?”. If you can answer this question with a ‘yes’ and it is not at the expense of the clarity of your resume, then it is wise to put it on your resume.