Tips for your CV
It is an undeniable fact that competition on the labour market is constantly increasing in many fields. Your CV is a basic tool on your way to victory. Most of the job ads (with few exceptions) attract more applicants than it is possible to invite for an interview. When your CV stands out among others, your chances of getting an interview are much higher. A successful CV is the one that presents your experience, abilities and qualification in the best way possible. Such a CV can determine your dream career.
With a team of HR officers we have created some basic tips to write the best CV.
Find your time
Your CV determines whether HR officers invite you to and interview or not. Its looks and information included affect your chances. Find at least an hour of your time and pay close attention to each item.
Write your own goals
Avoid using general vague formulations such as "Team player who works 100%" or "Always reliable and prepared".
Write only relevant information, for example "beginner in HR looks for a vacancy" or "freelance graphic designer looks for possibilities to collaborate". Avoid redundant information that are a waste of time and that nobody cares about.
Keep information concise and clear
Keep information to short entries. However, this does not mean that short text = too short text.
If you want to describe your work experience, highlight the key points that can help you get particular job and that HR officers are most likely to ask about. Pick only those pieces of information that can bring you success. Write primarily in paragraphs, not the whole text in one piece. You can save one-piece text for so called cover letter, which is a space limited to 400 characters that should summarize essential information about you.
Do not forget that even though some information are clear to you, they may not be clear to the HR officer. If the HR officer does not understand something, they can misinterpret the information. Focus on different interpretations of individual information and avoid using metaphors.
Grammar and correctness
HR officers are offended by typos and grammatical errors. Your CV may be crucial for you future. Read it twice to be on the safe side. It would be best to have it read by your loved ones.
It is possible to create several versions of CV (for example there are different types od résumés used for business or administration). However, that does not mean that you modify or distort information in your CV. It is merely possible to prepare specific CV directly for your dream employer. If you are applying for a job in a foreign company or sending your CV to a recruitment agency, it is likely that you will have to provide your CV in a foreign language too (you should create it separately at your language proficiency level).
Be careful with your personal information
Sensitive information, such as your date of birth, age or marital status, are generally not recommended in CVs, as in some cases they could affect the employer's decision to shortlist you or not.
We keep these options in doocv.cz / doocv.com in case you would like to fill them for an employer who you trust. Gender is for statistical purposes only. If you do not fill an item, it will not be displayed.
Do not lie and exaggerate
Do not try to overdraw your knowledge of languages. Do not make up experience that you did not go through. Do not exaggerate. When creating a CV use your common sense and be patient.
Do not underestimate sending the CV out
Always check what you are sending, to whom and from where. It is unprofessional to use a contact email of these types: firstname.lastname@example.org, Rambo@yahoo.com or Killer1984@gmail.com. It is recommended to address your email to a specific person (eg. HR officer). When using bulk mail be careful not to show other recipients of your CV.
We wish you a pleasant experience with using Doocv and good luck when looking for your dream job.