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What is a CV
CV means Curriculum vitae and according to Wikipedia this is Latin and means “life course”. To explain this in an easier way, a CV should therefore compile your career life.
For many, it may be obvious what a CV is and why you should write one. But if you have never done it before or if you have gone from job to job on recommendations, it is usually not as obvious.
CV guru tips – The reason why you should write a CV is in a concise and easy-to-read way so that an employer can get a clear and distinct picture of who you are, what you have studied and what previous work experience you have to be able to carry out the job they want to hire.
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How to write a CV
It is not an easy task to write a CV as all recruiters have slightly different opinions about what is important. But we have written a very informative and detailed guide about how to write a CV. To sum it up, we have made a short list of points below with the most important points and tips for writing a CV.
5 CV writing tips
1 – Adapt your CV to each job – It is very important that you tailor your CV to the job you are looking for. You do not have to rewrite the entire CV from the beginning for each job. But it is important that you already in your CV adapt the text for the job you are looking for so that the employer sees that you are interested in their particular job. You do this by rewriting your descriptions of your previous work experience, changing your summary and you can choose to use one to highlight the most important information as early in your CV as possible. A tip is to adapt your CV template so they follow the same design profile as the company you are looking for a job with.
2 – Keep your CV short (an A4) – Recruiters receive hundreds of CVs for a job and spend an average of 30 seconds on each CV. Therefore, you need to keep it short for the recruiter to read all the information.
3 – Stylish design – Your CV must stand out among all other applications. Therefore, we recommend that you try to create as nice and eye-catching a CV as possible so that the recruiter pays attention to your particular CV.
4 – No spelling errors and correct grammar – Spelling errors and grammatically incorrect sentences indicate negligence. No employer wants to hire a careless person. So read your CV several times and make sure the text is error free.
5 – Ask for feedback – Let your friends or parents read your CV and ask for feedback on what you can improve.
Use a simple and easy-to-read structure for your CV
As we have mentioned before, it is important that your CV is easy to read, which you achieve with the right structure. With the right structure, the employer can first of all quickly read through your CV. But the employer can also quickly find back to the most important parts of your CV at a later time if the CV follows the guidelines that apply to a correctly structured CV.
Choose the right format for you
There are 3 different ways to format a CV correctly. You can choose to use chronological, functional or combined format.
Chronological format – You use a running timeline.
Chronological order means that you sort your work experience in a continuous order. You can choose to have your first job at the bottom of your CV and then you fill in with jobs so that your latest is at the top. You can also choose to use a reverse chronological order.
Most often used when you:
Looking for a job in the same field of work that you previously worked in to clearly show how you have developed in your career until today.
Want your CV to clearly show how you have moved in your career from job to job.
Functional format is a skills-based structure where you can break the order of your jobs. You can choose to fill in the jobs you previously had that suit the job you are looking for best at the top of your CV and then have the jobs that are least relevant at the bottom.
Most often used when you:
Worked in different industries and has a very broad experience where all jobs are differently relevant to the job you are looking for.
If you have gaps in your working life and may want to hide this somewhat
You lack work experience and want to highlight other projects or strengths in your CV.
It is possible to combine these two formats where you have parts of your CV in chronological order but then this breaks into a functional format. This is not something we recommend as it can create a cv that is difficult to follow a common thread in.
Nowadays, it is not entirely obvious that a CV must be a paper document or a PDF file. Many people have more and more started using digital CVs or online CVs. This is a CV that is available on the internet as a type of website. If you are above with the idea, you can imagine a Facebook or linkedIN profile. You visit this directly from your browser and can read more about the person. An online CV is the same, but instead of there being posts and pictures on the page as it does on Facebook, the CV information is there and the look is like an A4.
The easy thing about using an online CV is that you can choose exactly who should see your CV and you can make changes and updates to your CV afterwards. So if you sent your digital CV to an employer and shortly afterwards, you will discover a spelling mistake in the CV. Then you can easily correct spelling errors, which is updated directly in your online CV. This is not possible if you submit your CV as a file.
Higher security and confidentiality
More and more focus has been placed on confidentiality and how to protect your information and choose who has access to it. GDPR is a clear example of how important this is nowadays.
With the help of an online CV, you get full control over who has access to your information. First of all, only the people who have the web address, or the URL, of your CV website can show your CV. But if you have sent your CV to many different employers and then get a job, you may not want the other employers to keep your CV. Then you can easily choose to put your online CV as offline and thus turn off the website. By doing this, you ensure that your information does not continue to circulate on the internet after you get a job.
With our cv builder, you also get the opportunity to add a video that can be played directly in the CV. A recruiter who gets a digital where there is a video will most likely click on the video and see your presentation. This gives you the opportunity to start your interview process already in the application phase, which gives you an edge over other applications.
How does the CV template service work?
To create an account on the CV template, only an email address is needed. The basic account you create is always free of charge and it is included unlimited with digital CVs and digital cover letters. You can use all our templates and can fill them in with as much information as you want.
After you get a job, just log out of your account and leave your account. When you need to apply for a job again, just log in to the account and continue working with your CV where you left off last.