A good CV should be created taking into account the following rules:
- It is concise and rich in content – 2 pages
- It applies the rule of reversed chronology
- It provides an official photograph – if you decide to include any
- Candidate’s e-mail address should include their name and not a nickname
- It must be clear and esthetic, with simple format and regular font
- CV should be profiled. i.e. written for a specific job advertisement
- No errors or spelling mistakes
- Only true information – no laying it on thick
- Contact data and consent for processing of personal data must be included
CV must be typed with simple black font on white background – standard considered to be font 12 and 1,5 line spacing – it does not tire the reader’s eyes. The recruiter pays attention to clarity of sections and consequence in the layout. For example, if you enumerate your previous jobs using a dash, use the same mark in other sections of CV.
First and last name, e-mail address and telephone number are essential. When providing postal address enter your actual place of residence. The place of registered residency, marital status or family situation are non-essential to the employer.
Apply the rule of reversed chronology with the last stage of education coming first. If you have University level education please provide information about completed higher education studies only. If you are still studying please mention it here, providing the planned date of completion.
It is definitely the most important part of every CV. Do not forget to use reversed chronology with the latest work position coming first. Include the scope of obligations.
Knowledge of foreign languages
This part of CV is the one where people tend to overstate their skills most frequently, claiming higher than actual levels of language skills. Therefore, recruiters are usually wary of the declared proficient command of three foreign languages. You will be more credible if you present certificates confirming your skills.
Courses, trainings and certificates
If you have completed a training that is relevant to the position you are applying for, it is definitely worth mentioning it here. However, this field is not obligatory and you can skip it. Please do not enumerate all completed courses and trainings here, limit it to those that are relevant to the position.
Some candidates wrongly assume that without this element their CV will be declined. However, a recruiter reading that the next prospective salesman is interested in music, film and literature is nothing else but bored. If your interests are not precise and original, and you do not have an actual passion that you follow – leave this space blank.