How to write an effective CV?
If your goal is to get hired, then you’ve come to the right place. We will tell you how to write an effective CV that will increase your chances of getting hired (on top of getting the best profile pic that will also increase your chances of getting hired, hint: Check out How to take the best profile pic?).
But how does an effective CV look like? What’s a DO and what’s a DON’T? What’s the perfect structure to highlight your best skills? Your Coople Team will introduce you to 3 tips on how to structure, design and write an effective CV with the sole – and most important goal – to get hired for missions.
Structure your CV along categories
For your potential future employer, it’s vital to see the most relevant information to the mission at one glance. Oftentimes recruiters don’t have the time to deep dive into a CV, which is why we need to make their lives easier by offering them the right information within seconds.
Effective CVs are structured along the lines of:
- personal information
- professional experience
- educational path
- language skills and special skills (such as: SAP, Photoshop, highly niche skills others can’t compete with, etc.)
- and other (drivers license, hobbies…).
Utilize titles in ordert o structure your A4-sized CV. This will help with readability!
Be precise (but not too…!)
What does that even mean? As previously mentioned, your potential future employer won’t have much time to find the perfect candidate, which is where you come in! Your CV should have the right information (enough) on a tight space, meaning, max. 1 to 2 pages in PDF format. That’s all it takes!
Use the keywords that your future potential employers used in describing the perfect candidate for his mission. Those keywords will catch his eyes and you will be transported to the „maybe yes“-pile! Thus: Read carefully through the mission and get acquainted with what the employer is looking for.
Get your CV checked by someone…anyone!
There’s nothing worse than for your future potential employer to find grammatical mistakes in your CV. Those are avoidable and shouldn’t taint all of your fabulous skills. Those errors will stop the employer cold and make him or her move on to the next candidate. Let’s avoid that, shall we!
For that one person who will take the time to check your CV – try someone who is from a professionally different background – his or her feedback might be more objective and critical.
One last tip on-the-go: Google „CV templates“ and check out HR websites or blogs where you will find a plethora of different suggestions and templates. There might be one that speaks to you. Make use of it!
Alright, now it’s up to you:
Find here the perfect Coopler CV template to use for the Coople Platform.
Final pro tips for the perfect Coopler CV:
- Add the date of your CV creation so the potential employer knows how up to date your CV is (and make sure it’s not from 1999 ;))
- When you’re listing the different positions of where you worked make sure to also add the date and year. Also a must: Mentioning employer and industry.
- For each of your jobs, positions or gigs, make sure to be a bit descriptive so your potential employer knows your whole body of work
- Super important: Add your IT skills (e.g. SAP experience) to your CV as these can be very helpful in this day and age!
- Have you had training in the past? A course such as Photoshop, Photography, etc.? List them all and tell us what they were about and if you got a certificate for them!
- What language skills do you have? And what level are you on? Make sure to add them to your CV!
- Last, but certainly not least: Do you have a drivers license? I know this sounds a bit old-fashion, but think about a Sales position where you’re going to have to be mobile? Add it to your CV!