How To Make Your CV Noticeable

When it comes to writing your CV there are many doubts that may arise. Your CV is indeed your calling card: it summarizes who you are, what you have done and what you can do in a short, simple sheet. It is not easy to decide what to include and exclude when writing the CV. It also important to consider who you are about to send it over.

Writing your CV in the best way possible counts not only in relation to finding a job, but also when applying for an Erasmus Plus project. For example, the associations hosting volunteers under the European Solidarity Corps programme usually ask candidates for a CV upon application. The CV has to be in English, so be careful to grammar mistakes and typos! The Europass CV is commonly used for the scope, but is not mandatory.

So keep in mind that you should already have a CV in English. If not, start writing it now.

How To Make Your CV Noticeable

The European Commission provides guidelines on how to make your CV noticeable. Let’s have a look into those 6 tips.

Get the Basics Right

The are no right or wrong ways to write a CV but there are common sections you should include:

  • personal and contact information;
  • education and qualifications;
  • work history and/or experience;
  • relevant skills for the vacancy you are applying for;
  • language skills;
  • own interests, achievements and hobbies;
  • references.

Tip: think twice about using your photo. If it looks good in colours, but not in black and white or it is very small, don’t use it, or go for a better photo.

Include a Short Personal Statement

Explain why you are the best person for the vacancy. Tell an interesting story about yourself.

Tip: do not assumer that the reader will see how your experience relates with the vacancy. Instead, use a short personal statement explaining why you are the right candidate (emphasize your accomplishments). This should be on display on the motivational letter too.

Keep it real and make it look good

Usually a CV should be no more than 2 pages. Keep it to the point, don’t put down too many details or information that do not serve the scope. Save the little details for the interview!

Here are some layout advices to keep in mind:

  • clean and neat presentation;
  • short and concise;
  • clear and well-structured;
  • easy-on-the-eye layout;
  • consistent formatting;
  • interesting/creative.

Mind the Language

We have already stressed out the importance of a correct use of the language. Keep in mind the following further tips:

  • be consistent (use only one language);
  • use clear expressions;
  • make short sentences;
  • be neutral in writing (limit or don’t use the first person “I”);
  • try to be specific;
  • stay assertive and positive;
  • do not use slang words or abbreviations;
  • be careful with grammar mistakes, check it out twice before sending;
  • try to be keyword friendly based on the vacancy you’re applying for.

Make it Relevant

Write down your specific skills and competences. Especially when it comes to volunteering project, your soft-skills are highly important. Keep them in the first half page so that they’re more visible. Do not underestimate their importance, so keep your time to think about them.

Another tip is to tailor and diversificate your CV on the basis of the vacancy you are applying for.

You need to prove you have what the association is looking for.

Always Tell the Truth

Be honest about dates and timelines. Make sure that there are no gaps. Do not forget to include references from someone who can actually tell something meaningful about you on a workplace or a volunteering environment.

Are you ready to write your CV? Collect the tips and start now!

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