10 pieces of advice for a targeted CV
A CV (curriculum vitae) is a biography containing information about your career with specifications about your education and employments. Your CV is supposed to provide your potential employer with an image of your personality and the qualities you possess.
At Curia, we have many years of experience with advising candidates on how to write a good CV. Based on this experience, we have listed our 10 best pieces of advice for a good CV.
- Target your CV: As with your application, you must always target your CV towards the job you are seeking. We advise job-seeking candidates to keep a standard CV which can be targeted towards the specific position.
- Consider your audience: Your primary task as the sender of your CV is to put yourself in the place of the recipient and carefully consider what he or she would be interested in reading. In principle, everything apart from that is redundant and will only contribute to obscuring what is important – your experience in relation to the job you are applying for.
- Reversed chronological order: List your CV in reversed chronological order with your latest job first. By structuring your CV like this, the recipient will see your most recent experience first.
- Education and courses: Always list your education and relevant courses either before or after your work experience. As with your work experience, the list of education and courses should also be in reversed chronological order.
- The length of your CV: Make the length of your CV relative to your seniority. A typical CV is between three and six pages long.
- Make a front page: If you have many years of experience and, consequently, a very long CV, we recommend that you make a front page summarizing your most important skills relating to the job you are applying for. In this way, the recipient will obtain a quick overview of your experience and qualifications and can easily read the details of selected parts of your CV.
- List skills and experiences: List the most important skills and experiences from each position you have held. These skills and experiences must always be written whilst keeping in mind the job you are seeking.
- Keep space: Speech is silver, but silence is golden. Keep some space between the individual paragraphs of your CV. A CV like this is much easier to read than a text-heavy one.
- An inviting layout: You should pick a layout and a font common to the entirety of your application and CV.
- CV in PDF-format: You should send your application as well as your CV in a PDF-format in order to ensure that the layout does not change when your CV is opened on another computer.