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For most professionals creating a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is not a common thing to do. Your CV is the first method of presenting yourself to your possible future employer and its primary purpose is to secure an interview. We will help you to create the best possible CV. Your CV is your ‘summary of life’ as well as your business card. All relevant aspects should be mentioned in order to give your future employer a complete professional overview. Therefore it is vital that your CV is well presented and clearly structured. For most professionals creating a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is not a common thing to do. Your CV is the first method of presenting yourself to your possible future employer and its primary purpose is to secure an interview. We will help you to create the best possible CV. Your CV is your ‘summary of life’ as well as your business card. All relevant aspects should be mentioned in order to give your future employer a complete professional overview. Therefore it is vital that your CV is well presented and clearly structured.

Key criteria for writing Curriculum Vitae:

  • Present your qualifications and skills.
  • Demonstrate that you are suitable for the job, so write your CV with the job’s criteria and the company’s values and statement in mind.
  • If, for example, you want to work for a pharmaceutical company, put the emphasis on the points in your CV that are relevant to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • A CV must always be truthful and up-to-date.
  • Identify your key competencies and skills relevant that are to the job.
  •  Keep in mind that your CV is a snapshot of your professional career. Refrain from including irrelevant information in your CV or making it too long or unnecessarily detailed.

1. Personal details

  • Name
  • Address 
  • Telephone number & Mobile number
  • Email address

 

2. Work experience

  • Most recent listed first
  • Include dates of employment
  • Company name and if it’s part of a bigger group
  • Location
  • Summarize your experience, skills, achievement and responsibilities

 

3. Education & training

  • Most recent listed first
  • Degree level qualification, include the degree type
  • The university attended
  • Study subjects
  • Grade achieved
  • Year of completion (if not completed, mention this)

 

4. Skills

  • Languages
  • Software knowledge
  • Industry specific skills and qualifications
     

5. Interests

  • Summarize your interests and hobbies
  •  Write down your achievements

 

Keep in mind that when writing a CV everything you include is relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Last but not least: the presentation of a CV is very important as well.

  • Your CV must look clean and professional, avoiding too many different colours
  • Sections and headings should be clearly marked
  • Stick to a standard letter type
  • Double check your CV for spelling mistakes and ask several people to read it!

After you have completed/updated your CV, it is time to write a cover or motivation letter. This will be the first - more personal - document a potential employer will receive from you. Therefore it’s very important to take your time for this letter and put some thought into it, as it is an opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd and get through to the next round.

  • If possible, put the name of a mutual contact in the first sentence.
  • If you can relate your desire for the job to an experience or anecdote in your life, mention it.
  • Story telling works. If you have an anecdote, you should definitely use it.
  • This might be to up front, but you could wrap up by saying when you will be getting in touch: “I’ll try to reach you by phone next Tuesday at 2:00 pm and hope we can connect.”

In most cases: send the letter as an attachment and format it like a business letter with your address at the top, then the date and then the address of the recipient. Use the same letter type as you’ve done in your CV.

Furthermore, write a cover letter that will be different and outstanding. It is a personal letter, so try to show who you are in this letter, but do not forget to stay formal. Make sure you provide relevant and interesting information, which will impress the reader. However, keep in mind that you have to tell the truth, so do not exaggerate. This might bring you in a difficult situation during the interview.

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