You have found your dream job. You already see yourself in it completely. Now you only have to ensure that you make an overwhelming impression on the company.
So a CV…What about that again?
Together with your cover letter, the CV is the first impression that you leave with your new employer.
Employers often receive a lot of applications, so it is important that your CV stands out, is legible, attractive and complete.
The employer must find your CV so interesting that he wants to invite you immediately for a conversation, that is the beginning.
How do you ensure that the employer immediately gets a good impression of you?
We have listed the most important guidelines for you:
Resume Set Up
Use a font that is easy to read on any computer (for example, Tahoma or Arial).
The fonts do not distort and jump, and the CV remains clean.
Make sure your resume is clear. Use separate headings and titles for the separate parts, for example Work experience and Training.
This way the employer can read the CV quickly and scan easily.
Choose a good order, chronologically. So start with the most recent information.
This is often the most relevant, in terms of training and work experience.
Be consistent here.
Relevant matters Only
Mention important and relevant matters alone in the resume.
Did you have a newspaper route 20 years ago? First think about whether the employer has anything to do with this info before you mention it.
Indicate clearly how the employer can reach you. Do you work during the day and your employer is not informed? Can not you always answer the telephone?
Then indicate on your CV that e-mailing is your preference. It can give a wrong picture if you are unavailable several times, when the employer calls you.
Make sure your CV is up to date.
Did you complete a course? Or did you have a temporary job?
Put this on your CV. Sometimes it does not seem important, but in this way you can prevent a “hole” in your CV.
Some hobbies or volunteer work can also say something about you and about your talents, and can therefore be important.
Training courses and courses
Indicate clearly which study program you have followed and in which period you did it. Also state whether you have obtained a diploma or certificate for this.
State the Period of work
Mention clearly on the resume where you worked, from when to when and what your position was while there. It is also important to (briefly) describe the exact tasks and/or responsibilities within this function. In this way, the employer gets a clear picture of the experience that you really have gained.
Do this point by point, making it clear and tidy.
Mention your other qualities; think, for example, of the languages and computer programs you know or how you can drive a forklift. Put this information under a separate heading to keep it organized. For languages we recommend to indicate the level (Excellent / Good / Reasonable / Basic) in speech (talk) and writing (writing).
Finally, indicate what your competencies are. Let us know what your strengths are.
Enter about 5-6 keywords, for example “Creative, Collegial, Flexible, Customer-friendly and Commercial”. Stay honest, stay with yourself.
Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Is this complete and up-to-date? It may be useful to place a link to this profile on your CV. Note that your Facebook and Instagram pages may also be viewable by the future employer. So ask yourself in advance whether you want to make the page public or not.
A neat photo on your CV can also be a good way to stand out and to give a face to your application. Of course, it must be representative.
Everyone wants to sell themselves as well as possible. Note that you really sell yourself and do not try to create an ideal image. In case of a possible conversation this will always come up. After all, you want the employer to choose you for that job!