The following questions are often asked if you want to write a CV: What are some of the difficulties encountered when writing your CV?
We will try to answer these questions in this article.
What are the fundamentals of a good résumé?
- The CV’s presentation is of particular importance since it is the general impression you give to the recruiter.
- Created based on your professional experience and skills, the CV reflects your qualities; it is your passport to a job or course/school/training.
- It must be very clear, precise, and legible to catch the recruiter’s eye and arouse interest to land the famous recruitment interview.
How TO PREPARE YOUR CV
ON A DRAFT :
- Define your project – What is your professional goal? What type of course/school/training program would you like to focus on?
- List the different professional experiences (employers, start and end dates, positions held, activities, results…) and your different training courses,
- Determine the skills you have acquired through these experiences,
- Think about your interpersonal skills (diplomacy, rigor, good interpersonal skills).
- Expose your hobbies if they bring a plus to your profile.
This upstream work will allow you to sort out your skills and experiences to know what you will emphasize.
What are the headings of a good CV?
➢CIVIL STATUS :
- Second name
- First name
- Telephone contact information
- Optional information: age, situation, address, children…
- It is not mandatory; however, it facilitates reading the CV during a first selection by the recruiter.
- It must be relevant to the position and correspond to your profile.
- It is also relevant to add under the title of qualities that characterize you (e.g., organized / dynamic/creative…).
➢LANGUAGES/OFFICE AUTOMATION KNOWLEDGE :
- Remember to indicate your level in a precise and quantifiable way. (Example: read / written / spoken or: Expert/ mastery …)
- You can also use a simple visualization system :
English: Powerpoint :
- There is no need to “pollute” your CV if you only have some knowledge of a language or software or if your level is “academic or notions.” Indeed, if the position requires a command of the language or software, you will not meet the expectations.
➢ PERSONAL INTERESTS :
This section is optional. It could be interesting if the activities indicated add value to your application.
➢PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE :
- You will find the date (or duration), the type of contract (apprenticeships, internships), the profession practiced, and the company’s name.
- This information is supplemented by details of the tasks performed, a description of the context, and the results.
- If you have held several positions whose tasks/missions were identical or similar, you can group them in this section.
- If you wish to highlight particular skills about the training or position you are aiming for.
- If you have technical skills, highlight them in this section (e.g., PHP development, modeling, DTP…).
This part includes the education level, the last diplomas, the targeted diploma, the professional training in coherence with the targeted position.
Pieces of ADVICES/ERRORS TO AVOID
YOUR RÉSUMÉ MUST BE :
- Clear, airy, and pleasant to read
- Synthetic and concise
- Adapted to the position in question
YOUR RESUME SHOULD AVOID :
- Bad quality photos
- Unnecessary information
- The listing of successive jobs
- Information that is unclear or useless
- Typos/spelling mistakes
Here you have an example of a CV in French.