The time has come. You need to write your résumé but you’re not sure where to begin. What information do I include? Do I have any work experience to highlight?… Don’t worry. At some point everyone has had to write their first CV. Here are some guidelines that will help you do so successfully.
Whether you’re a student or a recent graduate, before you write anything, take time to think about everything you’ve done and what activities may be relevant to the company you are sending your application to.
The Importance of Education and Training
You may not believe it, but there are job openings that do not require any previous experience. It’s in these cases where your education plays a fundamental role. Your degree or the centre where you have studied are important factors for recruiters when evaluating candidates. Therefore, don’t forget to highlight your highest marks and any academic awards. Also be sure to include any additional related training, courses, seminars or conferences. Any of these elements could be of interest to the recruiter.
And, of course, emphasize your IT and language skills. Courses, certificates, periods spent abroad… everything should be reflected on your CV.
Are you sure that you don’t have any work experience?
You may think that the jobs you have had are not relevant enough to include on your résumé, but are you sure about that? Babysitting, working as a delivery person or having had a summer job shows recruiters that you are a committed person who has combined his/her studies with other activities and who is ready to take on responsibilities.
Showcase Your Skills
When you have insufficient experience, it is important to highlight those skills and capabilities that you have developed in volunteer activities, involvement in associations or while playing sports. Focus on the skills and experience that differentiate you from other candidates and make it clear that you’re a creative and dynamic person who wants to continue learning and work as part of a team. It is also important to highlight your openness and adaptability.
What are your goals?
Your CV must include a section where you explain what your professional objectives and interests are. Try to reflect in 3-4 sentences why you want to work at this company, your motivations, etc. Don’t forget to tailor your résumé specifically to each job offer you apply for.
Finally, remember that when writing your CV you should only include relevant information and this information must be organized in a logical and orderly way. Also, avoid lying. If you do not meet all the requirements of a job offer, it is preferable not to apply for the position rather than “padding” your CV. The recruiter will notice. Of course, make sure it looks good. Use a clean and simple design and don’t forget to check your grammar and spelling.
Remember that everything counts if we want to make a good impression on recruiters!