Given the competitive work situation in which we are at the moment, the Internet is full of advice on how to prepare a good CV. In this post, we will focus on highlighting some aspects recommended by the experts which make the difference in the recruitment process. Let’s start with the following idea: it’s more important not to make any serious mistake which rules out your application than to be great at everything.
How to prepare a good CV, What to do?
- You must give a great importance to building your CV in accordance to the position you are applying for, adapting the information in order to reflect what the company is looking for. The best way to do this is to do research on the company and visiting its website, so that you can find out what their goals and values are. The key is to capture the company’s and the position’s philosophy.
- One of the most trendy pieces of advice about how to prepare a good CV is to include an executive summary after the personal data which describes in a paragraph your qualities and capabilities and persuades the employer that you are the best person to get the job, your field of expertise, career goals and what you can contribute to the firm.
- Emphasise your qualities but never lie, as your CV will most definitely be used to structure your interview in case you’re one of the selected applicants. Don’t include false information because it can get you in trouble later on in the process. Use your CV in order to highlight your skills and strengths.
- Be careful with the presentation. In order to prepare a good CV use a format that looks attractive and use blank spaces in order to catch the recruiter’s eye in specific points. Try not to distract them with too much information. Avoid the spelling mistakes and typos! Read it several times and ask someone to revise it before sending it.
If you are looking for an internship and you’re worried because you feel you don’t have enough professional experience, you need to consider that the person who reads your CV is perfectly aware that you have just finished your studies, so they won’t expect a long career from you. It’ll be more than enough if you simply include the internship you did during your studies and potential volunteering activities you may have carried out. Don’t add too much information which won’t add value to your application.
If you have plenty of experience, we advise you to distribute it as follows:
- Qualitative achievements. Qualitative achievements are those which specify the results of fulfilling a position. Using an example extracted from the Internet, a qualitative achievement would be the following: “Certification project management with the following characteristics […]. This project constituted an internal case of success given its complexity and procurement in a very short time. Alongside with the team, the main firms in the country became our company’s clients”.
- Quantitative achievements. The quantitative achievements are those which describe results through specific data and figures: “Opening of XX franchises in Spain. In year X, the company had a turnover of over XX million €, with an approximate profit of XX%”. In these cases, the most recommendable thing to do is to specify the amount of employees that reported to you, the number of clients you have worked with and the total volumes of annual investment and turnover.
If you are ready, we encourage you to have a look at our Jobs and Internships’ Bulletin in our blog, attend our MaDI Talks abour Job&Career and watch our videos about jobs in our Youtube channel.