Nowadays it is fundamental to have a curriculum vitae that manages to evoke interest from the recruiting companies.
Thus a CV should:
- Give a quick view of your evolution and potential;
- Be a short summary of the activities that prepared a candidate to that specific position;
- Start with the most recent events and show the competences the candidate has now.
- Be adapted to each professional offer or project: Show that the candidate possesses the right profile to that job offer
Before writing the CV:
- Study the position you are applying and the kind of work it entitles
- Search information about the company;
- Have a sales mentality about you and your skills;
- Show the competences that relate most with the position;
- Show how you acquired that skills and in which occasion they produced results.
Writting a CV:Essential information:
Education: Be careful with professional titles and don’t use titles that you are still completing;
Professional experience: Use experience in part-time jobs, internships, volunteer work that relate with the position;
Languages: Explain in detail the level of the languages you speak and how long you have been speaking them;
Acomplishments and achievements: Don’t merely indicate participations in groups and extra curricular activities but also indicate the work you did in them.
Interests and activities: Avoid too many entries wich may indicate that you are only interested in leisure and sports.
Other interest points: Be fluent in informatic languages and specific softwares may deserve its own point. Same with sport activities that require a special degree of perseverance or organization skills. teaching sports is also a very positive point.
Presentation - Typewritten in white paper, A4 format, with no gramatical or ortographical errors. Avoid bad quality copies.
Typography – readable and professional(avoid comic sans and other fantasy typographies), minimum advisable size 11; readable colour (avoid yellow, pink and flourescent colours);
Size – it cant be over 3 pages, but 1 is the ideal;
Simplicity- it shouldn’t have unnecessary information;
Style – use action verbs;
Numbers - should not be written in words;
Dates - should always be presented in the same format;
Acronyms – its meaning has to be written out;
Tips and common mistakes:
- Mold the CV to the company;
- Ask an outsider to have a look. Its easier to spot mistakes and useful for suggestions;
- Be clear in the presented information and use jargon free information;
- Be positive about your academical course;
- Don’t address sensitive points like politics or religion;
- Don’t give irrelevant personal information liable to negative interpretations.
BEST Career Support
BEST offers students and companies an online tool that facilitates the connection between them: BEST Career Support.
This tool gives companies and universities the opportunity to search CV’s submitted by students from all over Europe and get in contact with them.
There are tousands of students in this online data base looking to expand horizonts in their professional lifes, allowing companies to include them in their recruting.