Hi, guys! Today I want to share my tips on how to write a successful CV. These tips are going to be most appropriate if you are applying for a post-graduate programme or your first job. I will talk about what you should mention and what not to put in your CV, discuss CV structure and explain what potential employers and graduate schools are looking for in your resume.
1. I will start with the easiest – the length of a CV. Ideally, 1 page or maximum 2 if you really have to! No one wants to read lengthy CVs. So learn to look at the space in your CV as a limited recourse. You don’t need to talk about everything you have done in your life. Everything you include must be relevant for a specific position or a study programme you are applying for.
2. Please don’t write any personal information in your CV. Such details as your age, your relationship status or a photo in your CV will not tell anything about your skills but can even work against you as you can be discriminated based on this information.
You might be considered too young or too old for a specific position or that your family situation might interfere with frequent travelling.
There is one exception: if you are applying to work in a foreign country, you need to indicate your immigration status, what type of visa you have and when it expires.
3. Many people ask about the order they should present information in a CV. Study then work, or other way around?
The answer is: whatever you are most proud of or what is more important you put first. If you studied at a prestigious uni and graduated with distinction but you have limited work experience, start your CV with your education and then move on to work experience.
If your education is not your strong point but you have many years of work experience, write about your work first and then about your education.
By the way, always list your work experience and your education in reverse chronological order, when you talk about your most recent experience first and then move back in time.
4. When you list your education, always talk about your higher education and not about the school you attended. School details will only take up valuable space in your CV but will not help you find the job or even get a place on a master’s programme, because in both cases what matters is your bachelor’s degree and your work experience and not your school education.
If you are applying for a job, you don’t need to include your grades, unless you graduated with distinction and have no work experience.
A CV for a master’s programme may include your undergraduate GPA
You can also include the topic of your Thesis or course work if it is related to the subject of the masters programme you are applying for.
5. When you write about your work experience you need to include a company name,
position and key responsibilities.
It is also important to list your achievements on the job. For example, you can say that you helped to increase sales by 15%, you negotiated a great contract for your company and things like that.
6. List only skill you have that either related to your masters subject you want to study or can help you the job you are applying for.
For example, do mention that you can speak fluent Japanese if you know that the company you are applying to works closely with the Japanese market or the graduate programme you are applying to also in a subject where knowledge of Japanese language can be seen as an advantage. But do not mentioning that you speak a little bit of Spanish.
7. The last advice is regarding your hobbies. I noticed that people often mention them in their CV and I used to do the same when I was a student, just because my CV was very empty and had to be filled up with something))
My advice for you now is: if you are applying for a job, your hobbies will not help you.
If you are applying for a master’s programme, you can include them. Universities like people with different interests. But only mention those that you have reached a certain level of accomplishment. Like if you are great at some sport, play an instrument and won some competitions. No need to write about general stuff like love for reading and animals, simple because it is not going to help you to get noticed.
Thank you for watching and good luck everyone!
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