How to write your CV

When you are looking for a new opportunity and potentially moving country, a few questions can come up. We will try to guide you through some of them.

Ask yourself - does your CV represent you and your skills?

A CV is a tool of crucial marketing importance when looking for a new opportunity. It is the first impression a recruiter or client will have of your profile and if it is not accurate it can mislead the reader and unfortunately stop the recruiting process right there. Your CV needs to be well written, well presented, clear, accurate and highlighting the most important and valuable points of your education career. It must reflect your responsibilities, achievements and capabilities relevant to the job sought.

Here is a checklist to follow when writing your CV

  • BE PRETTY – it’s your sales document

A CV should be well presented, pleasant to the eye, aesthetically laid out. Although some variation in both fonts and colours makes the sections and highlights clearer and creates contrast, avoid too many variations – you don’t want the typography to distract from the content, and you don’t want to appear unprofessional and reliant on gimmicks.

  • BE FOCUSED – concentrate on the message you are trying to get across

Ensure that your profile, main selling points and achievements stand out - it should be easy and clear to see what your profession, main skills and experience are. This may already determine whether the recruiter will read the rest in more details as it determines roughly if your profile fits the role. Do not add any skills or experience you wouldn’t have, if the recruiter is interested by those points precisely they will soon find out you made it up.

  • BE ACCURATE – use the spell checker!

Spelling mistakes in a CV are not acceptable, they will automatically reduce the readers interest, and will reflect badly on the level of professionalism you are trying to present. Writing a CV takes time and mistakes are avoidable – remember your CV is your most important marketing tool.

  • BE CONCISE - Add adequate details and information about your experience

While it is important to convey the site and scope of each responsibility, quantify achievements, size of employer etc., it is also imperative not to go in too much details, it could fade the most relevant points of your CV. It should not take more than 2 minutes to go through all the information of a CV.

Make sure you differentiate clearly between the technical skills used and role and responsibilities.

Add a comprehensive and clear summary of the technical tools you have worked with.

  • BE TRANSPARENT – it’s normal to go on holiday, take a sabbatical, or go travelling

Do not leave any gaps in your CV - if you have had a period of sabbatical, unemployed, travelling or any activity not working in your relevant field, write it down. Gaps in CVs do not give the right impression.

  • BE RELEVANT – focus on the key information

Position less relevant information at the end of the CV - while your professional, main technical skills and experience must be at the beginning of your resume, the less important information such as hobbies, interests, etc. must be at the end of the document.

  • BE REACHABLE – make it easy to contact you

Include your personal and contact details - full name, telephone number, mobile, email address… and ideally state a preferred method of contact and perhaps even times you are usually available.