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This is how you create a good CV

A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a summary of your education and work experience. A good CV reveals to the employer at first glance whether you’re the right person for the position. That’s why a carefully devised CV is an important part of the job application.

The CV tells the employer who you are and what you can do. In addition to your personal details, remember to present in your CV the following:

  • your education
  • your language skills
  • your IT skills
  • your work experience.

Education

In terms of education, state the name of the educational establishment and the name of the degree or line of study, as well as the duration of your studies. If you have had useful individual courses in addition to your actual education, they are also worth mentioning in this part of the CV.


Language skills

With regard to language skills, it’s good to state with each language whether your skills are orally and in writing excellent, good or moderate, or if you only manage the basics. A mere mention of the languages you speak doesn’t yet tell the reader your level of capability – without your own evaluation, the reader doesn’t get sufficient information about your skills. If you have lived abroad, that’s also worth mentioning in the language skills section of the CV.


IT skills

A mere mention of good IT skills isn’t yet enough to convince the reader of the CV. For that reason, mention the program applications that you can use proficiently. You can also provide more details about your skills, for example: "I can use Excel broadsheet calculation in a diverse way (incl. sensitivity analyses, pivots, macros).".


Work experience

Presenting work experience is surely the most important part of the CV. In the work experience section, state the name of the work place and job, as well as the duration of the employment, at least to an accuracy of months. Here, you should also make clear any possible maternity, paternity, or child care leave, and possible periods of unemployment. This helps the reader to understand any possible gaps in your employment history.


Referees

Occasionally, mentioning a good referee in the CV or job application will clinch the selection of the worker. That’s why you should mention one or two referees in your own application. However, remember to ask the referee in advance for permission to mention them in the CV. It’s also considerate to provide the contact details of the referee in the CV – it makes the work of the person responsible for recruitment easier.


A good CV is concise

Sometimes, hobbies or other things which are important to you also interest the employer. They help you to stay in the mind of the reader and provide a topic of discussion at the job interview. However, remember that the CV mustn’t be too long. With a CV that’s too long, the attention of the reader may get worn out and they may not pay attention to the things that are the best from your point of view.

That’s why a short CV is often better than a long one. The maximum length of a CV can be considered to be two pages.


Remember to proofread the CV

Use a word-processing program to draft your application, if possible. Also, use the proofreading function of the word-processing program and you’ll avoid unnecessary spelling and grammatical mistakes. Small mistakes may give a careless impression of you.


Keep the CV up to date

The CV should be kept constantly up to date. When you attend courses, learn new things or get more work experience, it’s worth adding them to the CV at once. Then the CV is always up to date, and you don’t have to always first start filling in job search documents when you apply for a new job.


A complete CV helps in filling in electronic forms

These days, jobs are often applied for by filling in an electronic form on the web page of the recruiting company. A CV that’s up to date also helps considerably in filling in a web form.


Honesty is an asset

When creating the CV, honesty is an asset, because the CV is usually gone through in the job interview as well.


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