Your CV is the most underrated document. You spend very little time on drafting a very good version of it and on the other hand this piece of paper is very crucial for your entire career. Here you can find ten rules to better organize it and have it polished for your next opportunity.

⦁ Tell the truth
Make sure you’re not adding or deleting any experience to look better. It is inevitable that your employer will cross-check everything since your first interview and you will risk losing your credibility. Who wants to hire an employee who lies from the very beginning?

⦁ Make sure that the dates match
Check the dates of your graduation, the ones you’ve included on the social media (i.e. Linkedin), or jobs you’ve done previously (if there are any public records). Make sure that everything is exactly the same :i.e. if on your CV you mention having graduated on July 2014, this date should match the one written on your degree. Furthermore, if you mention having worked for a certain company during the period of January 2018- December 2019, your list of tax or social contributions should match the exact period.

⦁ Be precise
Nobody wants to spend time reading endless pages including every sales or leadership training you attended as a student. Choose wisely the information you consider as relevant to include in your CV and try to be very precise in describing it.

⦁ Figures matter
Results are important for your future employer. For instance, mentioning that you are very good with sales doesn’t have the same impact than stating an increase of 60% in sales during your latest work assignment or a total increase in sales value of $2 mln. Remember to be very specific and credible with the numbers.

⦁ Focus on content rather than words
Before mentioning that you are a very good speaker, list any award or achievement that highlights it, or any activity moderated by you, or an important negotiation you made for your previous employer . These are the details that the reader is looking to find.

⦁ Keep it short and simple

A good CV includes little information. This doesn’t mean you lack experience, but it does meand that your experience is enough to assess whether you should include everything in your summary. To illustrate the idea, here you have the CV of Elon Musk

⦁ Mention only the interests related to your job

If you are a designer applying for several design job opportunities, try not to include cooking or social media on your list of interests and hobbies. It would transmit the wrong message and make you look unprofessional.

⦁ Include a picture- the right one
A good CV should include a picture of you. Every employer would like to have your full profile. For this reason, be careful to include the right picture. Avoid cropped pictures, the funny ones, your glamorous ones or the ones that were not taken recently. They would spoil the message you want to transmit to your employer.

⦁ Use Europass only when asked
This format, although very used due to its way of structuring the information, contains details that are not necessary for every employer (driving license and other interests).

⦁ Refresh
Refresh your CV from time to time. List only the information that is relevant to the opportunity you are considering to apply for. If you can’t find the time to update your CV, surely you will have the same approach on the job opportunities you are looking for.

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