5 Special Tips on How to Write a CV or Curriculum Vitae I CV template

Date: 09/08/16

One of the most frequent questions that we hear almost every day from our jobseekers that register on Aulinks is “how to write a good CV”, “Is my CV good enough”? The art of writing the perfect CV is something sacred, shared only amongst the few. After reading hundreds of CV’s – both really good and really bad, we’ve decided to write an article and help you, as a jobseeker, to improve your CV writing skills. Read on down below to find out what a good CV includes and a bad one doesn’t.  

 

1. CV template

Before doing anything else, it is a good start to find a website from which you can download a free CV template. Don’t pay for anything, there are tons of job portals today where you can find a free CV sheet. After downloading a good CV template, you will already have most of the difficult tasks behind. The template will give you a good background and firm structure, which you can follow to write your perfect CV. Once the boring things are done, the fun part begins – writing the actual CV. (you can download your free CV from www.aulinks.cz)

 

2. Focus on education

If you haven’t got any work experience yet, focus on your education. List all of your achievements from high school, all those clubs and after-school activities you’ve been attending and having the time of your life – put it all there. Badminton, tennis, running, sewing, painting, chess, drama and much, much more – all of these will show your future employer how extremely active and creative you’ve been during your school years and, hopefully, still are.  

 

3. Focus on experience

Once you’ve been on the job market for a longer time now and you’re no longer a fresh graduate or high-school student, the employer will look more into what experiences you’ve had over the years. Now experience speaks louder than education. If you look around there are thousands of lawyers who end up working in marketing, or electrical engineers working in HR. You may have a specific type of education, but completely different and maybe even a more valuable set of experiences.

 

4. Quality not quantity

Employers typically do not like to read something longer than 3 pages, 2 pages max. Keep your CV short and straightforward. If you’ve often changed jobs or worked on numerous temporary help jobs, include only the most relevant work experiences and those that would most impress your potential employer. Remember quality before quantity, keep your CV simple, constructive and intriguing.

 

5. Don’t lie

Please don’t lie. We’ve had a situation in which a certain jobseeker, let’s call him ‘Dave’ (for confidentiality purposes) apply for a high-school Spanish teacher, in his CV he claimed that he could speak fluent Spanish, French and German. After being invited for an interview, the recruiters soon found that this candidate was 100 per cent unsuitable because he could neither speak German, nor French nor Spanish, except for “Hola” and “Adiós”. So please… don’t be Dave.