A successful CV

Numerous potential applicants respond to each job advertisement. Your curriculum vitae sets you apart from the masses, and a good CV or resume is your ticket to a job interview. With our tips you will pass the first hurdle in the search for a new job.

Offer more with your application

Your task is to make sure your CV takes off both in terms of content and formality. What are HR managers looking for and how can you ensure a successful CV? Imagine that your interviewer has to read hundreds of applications. How can you distinguish yourself from the other applicants?

Generally, less is more

Many believe a detailed application is key to their success and that decision makers read everything. Often such CVs are crowded with too much detail and look unprofessional. Many choose a smaller font to keep their CV short, which impairs readability. 2-3 sentences are enough for each previous job; one sentence is enough for jobs further in the past. You can describe more recent jobs in more detail. If you are not sure, leave it out and avoid unnecessary details. A successful application only contains highlights. To get a more precise idea of what is important to decision makers, it might be helpful to seek out a recruitment consultant who is familiar with the company.

The formal frame

Is your cover letter logically structured and easy to read? By using decorative elements such as lines, frames and borders the applicant achieves an optically appealing image and ensures an overview. The decision maker has a difficult time following jam-packed applications and quickly rejects them. Here, too, a recruitment consultant can provide you with tips and advice.

Spelling and grammar

It is always surprising to see how many cover letters contain errors. This stems from an imprecise method of working, which is not desired in any job. Reading your cover letter slowly and out loud helps you find mistakes and discover discrepancies. Friends should also read your application, thereby ensuring that everything is correct. The first impression counts, and there is only one chance to make it. Another important point for a good CV: write professionally. Those who include negative comments in their CV about former employers or abbreviations commonly used in text messages demonstrate unprofessional behaviour and should count on a rejection.

Speak highly of yourself without exaggerating

What are you the right person for the position? You need to answer this question. The first step is to carefully and thoroughly read the job advertisement and to precisely determine the requirements. Your cover letter is tailored to the specific requirements for the job. Sending out general applications is a waste of time. Writing your cover letter is just as important as your CV: it needs to be addressed to the right person, specify the job, emphasise your qualifications, and contain a question to the HR manager regarding a job interview. Your task is to be better than the other applicants. To do this you need to understand what makes you special. In a successful application the focus is on talents and abilities. Whether a team player, a creative individual or a problem solver, your abilities, personality and work ethic need to be revealed.