Tips for a good CV

Be concise
Your CV is not an autobiography; its purpose is to recommend you for the specific job that you want. Therefore, only include information which is relevant to the position you are applying for.

Chronological
The CV must be presented in chronological order: put the most recent things at the top. These are generally also the most interesting!

Account for inactive periods
This is important! The worst thing you can do is have gaps in your CV. If you have taken a sabbatical, you should certainly mention it. Whether the sabbatical was for travelling, holiday, a period at home with small children or any other reason, it will look better than a missing period on your CV. Employers may find this suspicious. Remember that the information on your CV must be verifiable. During an interview, you will often be asked to substantiate your claims and give examples.

Don’t beat about the bush
Present your message directly and convince the employer that they are looking for someone with your skills and experience. Ensure that your most important qualifications are at the top or presented in such a way that they immediately catch the eye.

Be honest
As far as CVs are concerned, potential employers are always on guard for exaggerated skills or results. If you greatly exaggerate what you have achieved, it will cause alarm bells to ring and may lead to problems during an interview. Worse still, it can stop you from being invited for an interview at all. Therefore, be honest.

Don’t forget to list your contact details
This information is normally placed at the top left of the CV and should contain your postal address, telephone number and e-mail address. It is best not to give the telephone number or e-mail address of your current employer.

Also list non-work related experience
Draw attention to skills, training, voluntary work and other experience which is relevant or which a potential employer may find valuable. You can always mention relevant appointments, favourable assessments or performances which you have successfully completed.

Be professional
If the information is not important for the position you are applying for, it is better to leave out hobbies or personal information. If you send a CV with a photo, ensure that it has a neutral background and that you come across as serious and professional

Keep the basic objective in mind
It is very important that your CV is well written. It must not contain any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Otherwise it shows that you are not so particular when it comes to the details. A solid, professional CV can convince employers that you are capable of performing excellent work for them.

Test your CV
It is a good idea to test your CV. Get several good friends or family members to look over both the layout and contents. If you know someone who often works with such documents, someone who works in HR for example, ask them to take a look at it.