When applying for a position, it is extremely important to have the right CV, presented and introduced to the employer the best way possible.
It is after seeing your CV and your introduction letter that the employer will decide whether to consider you for an interview.
How to present your CV:
The following points should be found on your CV:
- Your personal details:
This part should contain your full name, address, telephone number, fax number if available, e-mail address.
You can also add useful information such as your birth date, your marital status or your nationality.
- Your education and qualifications:
In this part, you should have the details of your education including dates, it is not necessary to mention your primary school, concentrate on your professional training, make sure to mention what diploma you received at the end your training.
Add in this part all eventual training/courses you may have attended.
- Your professional experience:
Starting with the latest, clearly separate all your previous employment records, each one of them must contain a starting and ending date, the name and address (including the country if you apply to a foreign job) of the establishment you worked for and the position you held.
It is also a good idea to add a short description of your job or responsibilities and some achievement you may have attained in this specific position.
Tip: Make sure there is no gap of time between your jobs, if you have taken time off or worked in another direction, let the employers know on your CV, a long gap in your CV will play against you.
- Your hobbies:
It is recommended to add your main hobbies, this will let future employers discover a bit more about what kind of person you are.
- Your referrers:
It is important you have at least 2 referrers on your CV, preferably your latest employers. When adding those referrers, make sure to mention who they are and how to reach them.
Alternatively, you may insert: Referrers available upon request.
- Other information:
You may add other information at the end of your CV or before your referrers such as driving license you may hold, languages spokenů.
To have a maximum impact, your Curriculum vitae must be:
Use simple and clear fonts, use the bold, italic and underline without excess, separate clearly all parts of your CV, only put in what's necessary (see below), do not add too many colours or tables.
- Easy to read:
Use simple text, do not elaborate too much, remember, it is called a "resume".
- Up to date:
Always update your CV before you send it.
- As short as possible:
A two page CV is the ideal size, keep your CV as short as possible.
- Be honest:
Only enter things you have done, if you lie about yourself, you will more than likely be caught out during the interview.
Your introduction letter
When sending your CV, whether you send it by mail or e-mail, it is necessary to add an introduction letter.
This letter should be brief , simply introduce yourself, let the employer know which position you are applying for and where you have found this position, when you would be available and your motivation for this job.
- Sending your CV by mail:
Make sure to send your letter and CV and eventually your latest references on paper in a large envelope, avoid bending your documents.
- Sending your CV by E-mail:
Replace the introduction letter by a short e-mail, you may copy and paste your CV on the body of the e-mail or send it by attachment, if you do so, make sure your CV is written using a well known text document such as Microsoft Word.
Always add a small subject to your e-mail.
Avoid any large picture files that require a long time download.