Did you know that HR has today about 20 seconds to look and read your resume? Do you know what mistakes are most committed in the biography of the candidates? Read the following advice on what requirements really do not belong to the CV and what you have to give particular attention.
A well written resume is your calling card and gateway to the interview and the new job. Besides the tips below, we also recommend you to read CV common rules before you start with your CV.
1. Cover letter – don’t send your CV to the address without a cover letter. It’s the first thing the employer reads about you.
2. Lying – don’t lie in an effort to improve some information about work experience.
3. Salary – don’t include your salary requirements, this information shall be dealt on the interview.
4. Praise and criticism – don’t praise yourself too much, but don’t write any negative information or bad qualities information about yourself.
5. Personal Information – skip it. HR may not be interested that you have just divorced and have two daughters and live in a harmonious marriage, omit the information about your political affiliation, religion or sexual orientation. There is no need to mention your date of birth, sex or status. But if you want, it’s better to place this information at the end of CV. It is also not necessary to state your nationality.
6. Resume name – must attract, not discourage. In any case, do not write sentences like “looking for work” “Bob the Builder” or only “resume”. It’s suitable to use something that describes you, as Assistant to behold, Programmer C + + 5 years experience, etc.
7. Education – don’t include that you passed the elementary school, if you practice more than 5 years than highlight it, not your academic title, if you’re still in school, please estimate time of completion
8. Photography – it’s voluntary but keep in mind that the photo in resume is similar to the photographs on the passport or identity card, not the holiday or prom
9. Brigade – no need to enumerate all impact or short-term work that you had in your life, just write it under one box “short-term practices”
10. Chronology – write chronologically, from first to last job (the same for education)
11. Length – a shirt list of job positions listed is not enough, on the other hand CV is not novel, the ideal length is 2 sides of A4 (for junior positions just 1 A4)
12. Clarity – CV should be clear, not messy, specify the information together, do not write in sentences (not resume essay)
13. Grammar – there’s nothing worse than grammatical errors that you write. If you are unsure, get a friend to read it or look into the rules of Czech orthography
14. Design – don’t use exotic or artistic writing, and 3 types of colors, rather use a standard font (preferably Arial or Times), size 12, the names of companies or educational institutions highlight with bold or italic, align text to the left margin
15. Contact – be sure to include contact information about you, give them both the CV and the motivation letter. Make sure that e-mail address is spelled correctly and that no unprofessional nicknames are used. Ideal address is derived from your name, for example: firstname.lastname@example.org. Never give out your email address from current employer
16. Humor and slang – it’s better to use technical terms or abbreviations (key words), it confirms the belief of your proficiency and experience
17. Hobby – when they want to give them, include only interests, which are at least marginally related to the job in which you are interested in.
18. Language – indicate only those foreign languages that you’re really good at (no need to list the 8 languages with beginner level), be sure to mention your level (advanced knowledge, continuous, …)
19. Profession goal – is entirely up to you whether this section is placed in your CV or not, can help graduates who are beginning their careers, or people who are planning to make a significant change in your career, but definitely avoid cliches like ”get an interesting job that allows me to develop professionally”. Formulate your career goals and do not exceed 2 to 4 lines.