Applying for a job: How to start writing a CV?

Create a convincing curriculum vitae. How do I start this important document? Have you recently completed your diploma with pride and are you ready for the real work? Then it’s time to prepare your resume! If you have just left school, your CV will often look very poor because you usually have little experience to prove at that time. That is why it is very important to work very carefully.

1) Brainstorming

It is useful to write down everything you have achieved to date. Write down your highest diploma obtained and go down to the secondary level. You can safely skip primary education because it is taken for granted today. In addition to all your diplomas, you can also mention other certificates obtained. Just think of a dactylo or first aid course. Do you have a Business Management certificate? Feel free to mention this as well. Not only these diplomas and certificates are important, what you do in your spare time can also play a determining role. The interviewers at a job interview often discuss this. After all, they want to know the person behind the CV and through your free time they will try to form an idea of your motivation and interests. Do you hold a board position within a non-profit organization, have you been a scout leader or are you committed to an organization? These are all extra assets for your CV. Don’t forget them! After all, have you also had interesting holiday jobs? Then you can also use these as experiences on your CV. Once you have a list, you can have it read by someone with a lot of work experience or you can compare it with examples on the internet. Maybe sometimes some irrelevant things need to be removed. You can do that, but keep what could be an asset to help you get that one job.

2) KISS principle

Compose your CV according to the KISS principle. By this we mean that you must be specific and clear in your CV. KISS stands for Keep It Simple and Stupid or sometimes also used for Keep It Short and Simple. A company is often buried under a mass of CVs, so be to the point. Your CV is your business card and a business card does not contain a terribly long route description to get to your front door. Not only should you apply this principle in your descriptions and lists, you should also generally try to avoid CVs of 5 pages. A CV of 1-2 sheets is ideal. Provide additional documentation if necessary. This way you give the recruiter the opportunity to decide whether he wants to read in more detail or not.

3) Avoid ridiculous layouts

Unless your intention is to excel with a work of art, it is not advisable to overload your CV with many colours , bells and whistles. After all, your resume ends up in a pile with dozens of other similar documents. You can of course make yourself stand out positively, but exaggerating usually has the wrong effect. So keep it clear and provide the information that the recipient of your resume needs at a glance. Create structure and work with different parts and clear titles. If necessary, make the important things stand out by putting something in bold so that you can draw the reader’s attention to this information. Be aware that too little structure and layout often provide information about your skills in word processing. So take great care of your CV. Take the golden mean when it comes to layout.