Creating your CV
To be comprehensive, your CV must contain the following elements:
You can also add:
You must decide whether or not to include non-essential information depending on the position you are applying for. For example, it is important to mention your computer skills if you are applying for a position in administration or to put a link to your social networks if you are applying for a Community Manager position.
It is sometimes tempting to cheat a little when writing your CV, for example by adding a few years of experience to a position or by mentioning a diploma that has not actually been obtained: this is a big mistake! It doesn't matter if you don't fully match the position; it's better to tell the truth than to run the risk of being caught out and discounting yourself completely by doing so. Remember that people talk to each other, and by lying, you could jeopardise your reputation with other employers, even before you have met them.
Even if the substance is more important, it is important not to neglect the form. There are many online tools which you can use to easily create a modern and original CV. Stay clear headed but don't be afraid to add a little touch of colour and originality to set yourself apart from your competitors. Bonus: A well-presented CV will also demonstrate your ability to use certain layout software, which can be a real advantage for certain positions.
Errors in a CV could exclude you from being considered for the role, especially since you have ample time to proofread and make any corrections. Don't be afraid to ask others to proofread your text, and to of course proofread it yourself several times, so as not to leave any small typos hidden in your sentences.
Use action verbs, strong words and flattering adjectives when writing your CV. Demonstrate your motivation through the words you choose and if you can, mention concrete activities and verifiable figures in order to give the reader tangible examples of your skills and experience.
You're now ready to submit your application and perhaps get a first interview! Don't forget to believe in yourself and your abilities, and remember that if you're not successful at first, there are always lessons to be learnt for next time. Good luck.
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