A good resume makes the difference
Sometimes it's bewitched: you put so much effort into your last application - and yet you didn't get the great job. Now it means: "Keep going and don't lose heart!" Here you can find out what really belongs in a good and professional CV. Because if you can sell yourself well and in a contemporary way, you have many advantages.
No matter what job you are applying for, you definitely need a resume. But now it is no longer enough to simply list all the stages of your professional career in succession. There are a few things to consider that will significantly increase your chances of finding a job. A good curriculum vitae is also very useful for active job searches, especially in times of digitalization. Whether it should be printed out or made available as a correctly exported PDF depends on the respective advertisement.
What should the CV do?
The curriculum vitae is only placed behind the cover letter in an application folder, but it is of at least as great importance. Under no circumstances should you underestimate this part of the application and exercise the necessary attention here. The aim of the curriculum vitae is to make it clear, based on your career, what experience you have already gained in your professional career. And it does not matter whether you have just finished school, finished your studies or training or want to change employers.
In order to reach the next level of the application manager, the interview, a professional resume - or the curriculum vitae - is of great importance. HR managers can see at a glance which professional positions you have already completed and which skills and competencies you can demonstrate.
What belongs in a resume? Use standardized structure
In order to make it as easy as possible for the decision-makers, there is a standardized structure, which you can make even more attractive with a little skill. There are numerous templates and CV form on the Internet. Please note the placement of the current photo at the beginning. If you use a cover page, the photo will find its place right there. Without the cover page, the photo should be on the top right of the resume. The application photo should definitely be a current and professional photo.
So that you don't get lost in the plethora of applications, the cover letter and résumé must be really good and professional. Above all, this includes establishing a link to the company's job advertisement. If you have written a speculative application, put the link to your skills and the position you want. If you do not do this, there is a high probability that those responsible will put your application aside. But to creative and extraordinary should your resume not be again, otherwise it falls too far out of the ordinary.
Convince with the right content: Your CV will be noticed positively
So that means your resume is updated and tailored to the position you want. Therefore, not only state the requirements and activities of the job in the cover letter, but also include them in the curriculum vitae. For example, describe that you have already performed the required activity, special program or task with the previous employer or have acquired a special qualification. From the very beginning, these relevant points show the HR manager and boss that you have the necessary knowledge for the job.
Professional success also has the right to be mentioned in the résumé. After all, when looking through the documents, the decision-makers want to see what added value the applicant can offer them for the company. By specifically mentioning successes, you can ensure that your benefits are seen.
Structure and content of the curriculum vitae
Another important aspect is the right structure. The main focus is on the clarity. Just as important, however, is the content, i.e. the complete and correct reproduction of the information you provide about yourself, your professional career and other personal components. In order to make the CV as clear as possible, the following criteria should be met:
1. All sections with appropriate headings
All sections should have appropriate headings, beginning with the main heading "CV". This includes the following personal information:
- Name and maiden name
- Date and place of birth
- Marital status (optional)
Optionally, the contact details and address can already be given here.
The next section of the list is the professional career, which you again provide with the appropriate heading. You should definitely note that the stations
2. In reverse chronological order
All stages of the curriculum vitae should be listed in reverse chronological order. The HR manager or the future boss can see at a glance the current situation or the most recent job as well as your professional experience.
3. Clear structure
You can also create an overview for yourself with the help of a good structure, which you fill, depending on the job posting. With additional qualifications that are helpful for the advertised job, you can collect plus points from the decision-makers. The following order has proven itself:
- Personal information about the person
- Professional background
- School education and professional education
- Further developments
- Knowledge and skills or additional qualifications
- EDV-Kenntniss to
- Commitment and hobbies
Depending on the personal situation, you can of course vary or remove the points. For example, if you do not volunteer, you do not need the Commitment item. Language skills or additional qualifications can also be summarized if required. Which division is the most for you Sense depends on your individual career and the position you are aiming for.
4. The conclusion: date and signature
This point is often forgotten, but the recommendation is: in addition to the cover letter, also sign your CV. With the signature you confirm the correctness of the document and the information gets more seriousness. Also welcome are the date and place of the signature, which put the finishing touches on the professional resume. With electronically transmitted applications, you can scan your signature and so on digitally sign, This has now become a recognized standard.
5. Honesty in hobby and interests
The section "Hobbies or interests" is also important. Do not bore the reader with standardized phrases. Perhaps the requirements of the hobby, such as teamwork in sports, also fit perfectly with the advertised job. So best specify your interests.
Another important point is the topic of honesty. HR personnel have usually already had a lot of experience with applicants and thus experienced a lot in everyday application. You quickly recognize small untruths. At the latest in the interview, sophisticated questioning techniques can bring these to light. From the very beginning, the recommendation is: fill in the gaps in your CV and be open and honest with yourself and your potential new employer.
6. Content and form: What should you pay attention to?
In principle, as is so often the case in life: first impressions count. This also applies to an application and a professionally designed tabular CV. This means that the first thing you notice is the external appearance. An attractive design allows you to stand out from the crowd of your competitors. Put your skills in the limelight. The layout should be well formatted, structured and uniform, but also nice and clear. Choose an appealing layout that is easy to survey and does not come up with colorful pictures and confusing tables. How carefully you design the CV and the rest of the application documents gives potential employers an initial insight into how you work; Care and accuracy are always desirable characteristics.
Avoid spelling and grammatical errors, because they are for the most HR managers an absolute no-go, because they also indicate imprecision. You may have the opportunity to have friends or relatives check your resume for you. As is well known, four or more eyes see more than two. And all the information you provide must be consistent and consistent in the associated documents. If you contradict each other in the course of the application, this can destroy your chances for the job.
Conclusion: A current, meaningful curriculum vitae is important
Don't miss your chance. Update your curriculum vitae to the advertised job description. Make it clear that you have the skills you want or that you want to learn immediately. Be open and honest and explain any gaps in your CV. This will make you stand out among the large number of applicants and will surely get you a step closer to your dream job.
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