We have decided to offer you our five best tips for writing the perfect curriculum vitae. If you follow them carefully, you will have every chance of getting a job interview. Nowadays, recruiters only spend less than 10 seconds on each CV they receive. It is then important to catch their attention and make them want to go further.
Name your CV File Correctly
This first tip applies obviously to online job applications where you have to send a CV file to the recruiter. Whether you use a CV Creator or you write your resume with a word processing software, avoid to name the document like CV.doc or CVV3.doc! Rename it to CV-NAME-FIRST NAME so that you will be more easily traceable and identifiable. And save it in a PDF format rather than in a Word format. A well-named CV filed is always more appreciated by recruiters.
Give Complete and Readable Contact Details
If you really want to be contacted by the recruiter, avoid the use of an illegible font for your email address or phone number (and the whole CV content by the way!). Calibri, Verdana, Times New Roman and Arial are simple and effective. Il you opt for an extravagant and unreadable font for your contact information, recruiters may not want to contact you even if your whole application attracts their attention. The font size also counts, 11 or 12 is recommended.
Your CV Must Be Well-Structured
Do you think one page is too short to summarize your training from the primary school and all your professional experiences? The secret is to select your most relevant ones, those which are the most related to what you will have to do if you get the job sought. A perfectly structured CV will allow you to highlight all the necessary information and draw the recruiter’s eye into its most impacting aspects.
Mention your Results
Showing that you have achieved the objectives you were asked in your former positions for confirms your professionalism but also the fact that you attach importance to it. And you should know that it is important to the recruiter to see your corporate side.
Adapt your CV to the Company
You have come a long way to make a general CV. Now you need to know how to adapt it to each company you are applying for. Adapt the development of your experiences and highlight your skills according to it. You can even leave yourself a little space to put a punchline specific to your application.