10 ADVICES FOR YOUR CV
1. DEFINITION OF SECTIONS
It is very important that your CV clearly differentiate each of the main sections:
- Personal information: Name, address, telephone number and e-mail contact.
- Education: This section can be classified into two different groups of information, "Education" and "Other studies or training."
- Professional Experience: Must mention the name of each company (except the current one if the candidate prefers keeping it anonymous), its industry, main functions performed and the length worked in each company.
- Languages: Evaluating the level of written, spoken and comprehension.
- Computer: Knowledge of all kind of programs, both generic and specific to a particular area (ERP, CRM, software design, engineering, specific sector programs).
- Others: The candidate can add motivation for new projects, professional references, and other interests relevant to the job position or the candidate's competence profile.
2. CLEAR, BRIEF AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND
Use clear font and standard size, uppercase and/or bold and underline as appropriate, in the main sections or headings, as it always helps in a first general view of the CV. Everything detailed, although preferably summarized in one or two pages.
Chronological coherence in each section is vital to understand properly your CV. Chronological order ascending or descending, but homogeneously in each section makes easier our analysis work. The dates may be written in months and years, for example: May 2000 - January 2011
4. PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES
References from other professional jobs always reinforce the application. You can attach recommendation letters or phone numbers of previous jobs managers.
5. COVER LETTER
A cover letter explaining the motivations and concerns for a career change, a definition of your main skills, it is very useful additional information of the candidate.
Exaggerating or changing the reality of any of the aspects of your CV. adversely affects your candidacy. An explanation, as close to reality as possible, helps us to have a positive assessment on your application. The exact length worked in each company is also an important detail.
7. ADAPT YOUR CV
You can adapt your CV according to various profiles you apply. According to a specific area or sector that you are applying for, you can extend the content, adding extra information or additional points on the performed functions, in order to highlight an specific field making you fit better in the workplace.
8. UPDATE YOUR RESUME
When you're in the midst of job search, do not forget to update your CV at any of the sections described above. Go over it carefully!
9. USE APPROPIATE LANGUAGE AND CHECK THE SPELLING
Try to explain your professional history and expertise in a clear and understandable way, especially with no spelling mistakes!
10. HIGHLIGHT YOUR STRENGTHS
Try to emphasize your strengths, which must be clearly reflected and easily identifiable.