Everything a successful CV needs
An optimally structured curriculum vitae that is above all perfectly tailored to the requirements of the new dream job, will certainly put your application on the “Get to know” pile. Our tips will tell you how to do this and your CV will certainly score well with every HR manager.
Put yourself in the employer’s shoes
The perfect curriculum vitae is presented in tabular form. It should show quickly and clearly why you have the necessary qualifications for a vacant position. Therefore, it should really only contain information that might be interesting from the point of view of the future employer.
Of course, this does not mean that you can simply leave out professional experience that you have gained in another industry or that does not fit perfectly with your desired job. Because your professional career must be informative and completely formulated. Therefore, always mention all the activities that you have already performed professionally – but you do not have to attach the same importance to all of them. You will only go into detail with those jobs that are important for the new employer. It is best to stick to the rule of thumb: emphasize important things, briefly name less important things, omit unimportant things.
Convince yourself at first sight
Take a look at the perfect layout and structure of a CV in the ManaJump templates for Powerpoint and Apple Keynote – you can simply download and customize them.
The entire curriculum vitae consists of three pages, preferably two A4 pages, and is clearly laid out and uniformly formatted. Optimally, you can also add a professional photo, which is always inserted at the top right. Professional is really meant seriously here: rather invest in a photographer than cut off a holiday picture just because you think your face is quite well hit.
The right structure
- Keep a minimum distance from the side edges
- Format the document in two columns and align the paragraphs to the left
- The structure is based on content blocks and in descending chronological order
- Stick with one font and create all headings in the same format
- Use highlighting sparingly (boldface or italics)
- Add place and date at the end and sign personally
At the beginning of a resume, some personal information is provided for the application. These include at least: name and address, telephone number and e-mail address and your date of birth. All other details such as marital status, number of children, nationality or denomination are absolutely voluntary and may not be requested by employers during the application process. Whether it makes sense to provide this information depends on whether you expect it to be an advantage – or simply consider it to be your private affair. Then give us information on the following points in your so-called career:
- Career history or work experience
- Education and training
- Additional qualifications
- Special knowledge
- Hobbies and interests
Gaps in your CV? No problem.
Fractures and gaps in professional careers are still a problem for very few employers today. That’s why you don’t have to hide them – but use them cleverly: Indicate the period, e.g. of a sabatical or unemployment, and score points with experiences you have gained there. Perhaps you have learned languages or special cultural subtleties during your travels. Or used the time for professional reorientation, self-taught or professionally trained, socially committed or, or, or…
Here you also list employment relationships that are not important for the desired job, because it is a matter of completeness. Indicate the period of employment in figures on the left. On the right you see the exact name and the employer. Add a brief description of the job, which will tell you exactly what you were doing. Keywords are sufficient, you do not have to formulate complete sentences, use rather bullets after entries as:
- Responsible for …
- Takeover of …
- Involved in …
In the job descriptions for your professional experience, highlight the services and activities that match the current job profile. Of course, these descriptions should not be too long – but they should catch the eye of the HR manager right away. That he sees right away: “You have already gained suitable experience and bring important knowledge with you.
Under the heading “Education”, add the highest school leaving certificate you have obtained, then, if applicable, your studies and/or vocational training. You can, but do not have to, add the grade of your final examination. On the other hand, it is inappropriate to list your entire school career – it is sufficient to indicate the school with the place and period at which you obtained your last degree. However, if you’ve just left school, it’s better to give details of all the schools you’ve attended.
Did you acquire additional qualifications during or after your training that match your job profile, such as participation in management seminars or professional training? Then now is the ideal opportunity to score points!
No matter on which job level you are applying – nothing is taken for granted here. Even if basic knowledge of EDP and at least one foreign language is required in most industries, you should provide a detailed description. And of course all other knowledge that you have and that is essential for the job. So don’t leave anything out, but show the HR manager at a glance that you can do and master everything it takes to be the perfect candidate.
Hobbies and honorary posts
Honorary positions are always good for you, because you show that you are a socially committed person. If you have never held one, leave the point out instead of leaving it empty. You will also mention soft skills in your CV, but only if they are related to the job you are looking for. Of course, your hobbies do not have to be job-relevant, but limit yourself to three passions that you would like to state – and that are not too private.
Attach attachments to everything in your curriculum vitae
Every complete application includes attachments, i.e. copied or scanned originals from: Certificates, degrees, job references or letters of recommendation, qualification certificates. The more work experience you have, the larger the number of attachments, of course – so it makes sense to create a directory: You can create this as an extra page and number the attachments on it. Then simply name the individual attachments “Annex 1_certificate employer XY” and so on. For digital applications, it is best to send the attachments, including the directory, as an extra file.
Check, save, send!
At the end you read everything very, very carefully correction. Typos and spelling mistakes are immediately noticed negatively in your CV – even if spelling doesn’t matter at all for your dream job. Then always save the document as a PDF file: the structure will always be preserved, unfortunately this is not always the case in Word files. The PDF format is also best uploaded if you apply online and can also be easily opened as an e-mail attachment on any computer. We wish you every success, and your new CV will certainly convince you!