Creating an application that would catch the attention of a recruiter doesn’t need to be hard. Here are ten steps that will guide you through the process of creating your CV. Use our tips and stand out from other candidates!
Step 1. Contact
This part is just to let a recruiter contact you. So put only necessary information: name and surname (you can use a bigger font in a header of the document), phone number and professional email address (email@example.com is the best choice). You can add your address (or just a city you live in), although it is not necessary.
An employer does not possess any right to request your date of birth – it is your decision if you want to share this information. The same applies to your photo. If you decide to add your photo, note that it should be professional. During the Job Fair at UL (and other similar events), you can take a professional CV photo – it is a better option than using a photo from diploma or ID.
Most employers seek for information about candidates on the internet. It is a good idea to add a link to your profile in a professional portal (e.g. LinkedIn), virtual business card (e.g. about.me) or website. Instagram or Facebook? Not really.
Step 2. Career objective
Why do you apply for this position? What did influence choosing this company, not the other one? What opportunities are you looking for? These are just a few questions worth asking yourself when creating a CV. Adding your career objective will show a recruiter that you have an idea for yourself and you know something about the company. Do not make it too simple – everyone wants to gain new experiences and develop skills. It is too general. What do you want to learn? What experiences are you looking for? Go into details. It requires more preparation but gives better chances for a job interview invitation.
Step 3. Education
In this part include: dates of studies, name of university, faculty and field of study. If the topic of your dissertation is directly related to a position you are applying for you can mention it in this section. The most recent information should be placed first. Do not include information about your high school – it does not add any value.
Step 4. Work experience
It is a key section in your CV. Include dates of employment, name of the company, your position and a (very important!) short description of your responsibilities (3-4 phrases). As in the Education part, start with your recent experiences.
Step 5. Key competences
Show a recruiter that you possess competences needed in the chosen workplace. Add something better than MS Office or driving licence. Do you know the software used in your chosen industry? Can you operate any position-specific device? Do you have skills related to the job you are applying for? Make sure you add them to your CV! Do not focus solely on “hard” competences. “Soft” skills such as teamwork or time management can also be useful.
Step 6. Languages
Describe the level of language proficiency by combining a description (basic, intermediate, advanced) with the corresponding level in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1 – C2). If you decide to use graphics (stripes, circles, stars, etc.), make sure you add a description that will clarify what you mean.
Step 7. Courses
New skills, a chance for direct contact with the employer and information that you are active during your studies – these are the main advantages of including information about courses in your CV. You can check our offer of workshops and courses HERE. When adding this section, remember to include dates, a title of a course, organiser and duration.
Step 8. Additional activities and achievements
Tell about your commitment and successes. In this part, you can include information about volunteering projects, activities in a scientific circle or other projects (remember to briefly describe each of them – in a similar way as in work experience section). Scholarships, student exchanges, participation in conferences, publications and awards should be also included in this part.
Step 9. Interests
Give a hint about your personal side. When describing interests, include specific information (e.g. “fantasy literature – Tolkien and Martin in particular” says more about your passions than “reading books”. Be yourself – do not add false information to upgrade your CV.
Step 10. GDPR consent statement
Remember to add consent for data processing to your CV – a recruiter would not be able even to contact you without it.
I agree to the processing of personal data provided in this document for realising the recruitment process pursuant to the Personal Data Protection Act of 10 May 2018 (Journal of Laws 2018, item 1000) and in agreement with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation).
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