The curriculum vitae: a key element

The CV is an essential professional document. Its goal is to introduce you to recruiters through your career, your training or your interests. It is your gateway to job interviews, so it is important to work on. Recruiters spend only 30 seconds to 1 minute on each CV. Overloaded with the number of applications they receive daily, they have little time to devote to each of them. This is why you should highlight the key elements of your CV.
 
Title
Forget titles such as “CURRICULM VITAE” or your “NAME” in size 24. This gives no indication as to your professional ambitions. With the title of your CV you need to hook the recruiter and allow him to understand at a glance what you are looking for. To do this, write the name of the position you are aiming for and accompany it with a catchphrase. This will significantly increase the likelihood that the recruiter will read the rest of the document.
 
Experience
Be concise! Do not describe all of your experiences in detail. Through your CV, you should make recruiters want to meet you to find out more. So be concise and choose your words well. The objective is not to lose recruiters with professional jargon. You should be able to explain what you have done in terms that everyone can understand. Similarly, if some experiences are very far from the position you are targeting, it may be better not to let them appear on your CV. For example, if you are aiming for a position as a computer engineer, it will not be necessary to advertise your two months as a waiter in a restaurant. You must sort, in order to highlight the most relevant elements.
 
Interests
It’s tempting to want to make a difference with the “interests”. In some cases, they may indeed allow you to stick in the mind of recruiters and score some points. However, they can harm you if they are not well “thought out”. The idea is to write down hobbies that are still relevant and that you can account for. You may have played 10 years of tennis, if today you no longer practice this sport, it has no place in this category. Likewise, unless they are a real passion, avoid classic interests such as travel or music.
 
Picture
The photo is not mandatory on the CV. Some believe that it can have a positive impact, while others believe that it can be the subject of discrimination. It is therefore up to you to weigh the pros and cons. If you decide to put a photo on your CV, choose it carefully. The CV is a professional document, so it is logical that the photo should be consistent with the rest. Thus, forget about selfies, vacation photos or other representations not suitable for the professional world.
 
Above all
Be professional. Remember that your CV is your gateway to interviews, so take care of it. Spelling mistakes must be nonexistent. To be sure, don’t hesitate to have your document proofread by more than one person. Similarly, your email address must be professional. Prefer the classic “firstname.lastname @ …”, to your personal address “choupie38 @ …”, which immediately makes you lose credibility.

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