Your curriculum vitae is the first impression that a future employer gets of you. It is therefore essential that you attract the reader's attention with this document. Only then will you have a chance of being included in the recruitment process.
An organised, attractive and legible CV allows the reader to absorb the essential information in a short time. After all, the first decision on a suitability is made within a few minutes. Your CV must therefore be meaningful, complete, focused and geared to the relevant application.
Use a template from the internet for the design. There are countless templates, here are a few links to free and paid designs. The following templates correspond to local requirements (Switzerland / Germany). For other countries different formalities apply:
The fictitious CV below was created on the basis of a template from above. Using this example I have listed a few tips on the content.
Design: A template from a link from above was used for the design. It is appealing and contemporary, but is not intrusive and focuses on the information instead of the graphics.
- Summary: A summary can serve as an introduction and highlight professional and personal skills and motivation.
Photo: If you use a photo, then a professional one taken by a photographer, which is not older than 5 years.
- Work experience: Essential is the role or function, as well as the responsibilities and tasks one performs. This is how you describe your professional skills. Successes or projects can also be mentioned. Formally, the period and the company, possibly the place of work must be mentioned. If the employer's company is not necessarily known, a short description of the company business will help.
The current activity is most relevant and should be described in the most detailed way. Jobs which are more than 10 years old require a very short description.
Training and further education: The most relevant training courses belong in this section. In the case of studies or higher training it may also include main- or subsidiary-subjects, or the topic of the final thesis. Basic school education does not need to be mentioned.
- Other skills: Depending on the occupational field, different competencies are to be mentioned here. A self-assessment of the abilities (advanced knowledge - good knowledge - basic knowledge) helps to evaluate these. The description of social and personal characteristics helps to describe personal characteristics outside the field of professional competence.
Extra-occupational commitments are helpful if they are relevant to the profession (e.g. association activities) or provide information about other important skills.
Scope / number of pages: Depending on age and experience, the individual sections in the CV will be longer and it will not be possible to fit all the information on 1 page, or the page will be overloaded. Extend your CV to more pages, but ideally not more than 3-4 pages. Project lists or other listings can be compiled in a separate document.