Your CV, or curriculum vitae, is your co-pilot in the labor market. It helps you to open doors, cause a (hopefully very good) first impression and can make you know your future company. Although we all know more or less how to make a resume (or a resume, a slightly shorter version that is usually used in North America), it never hurts to repeat some tips and tricks to improve a generic resume and add some personality.

I followed these six steps and your resume will be at the top of the pile of the human resources manager.

ADAPT IT

It is very unlikely that you will look for both a marketing internship job and a waiter for a cafeteria. If you do it, it’s better for you. Even if you look for (the same) positions in the same sector, it is important that you make sure that your CV adapts to the job description.

Although you do not have to reinvent the wheel each time, do not always send the same curriculum. A trick is to have a base curriculum that summarizes everything you did, studied and achieved, and that you edit it quickly for each position that interests you.

Expert Tip: Make your resume relevant to the position by changing the order of the skills or achievements achieved so that the most important ones are shown immediately and the person reading your resume does not have to look for them.

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION

Do not ask the company what it can do for you: ask what you can do for the company. After all, they do not want to hear what you want, but how you can help them.

One way to do this is to add a brief statement of objectives, of 1 or 2 sentences, at the top of the curriculum, a short introduction, if you will. Instead of telling companies what they already know (you want the job and have the necessary qualifications), use it to tell them who you are, what your passions are (something related to the position you apply), and how you can contribute to the success of the company. Make sure the text is good, short and direct.

Expert Tip: Highlight the objective statement with another font color (something subtly different, such as gray instead of black) or italicize it. (But do not exaggerate with the format, that your curriculum has a clean and professional aspect).

HIGHLIGHT YOUR SKILLS

I put your experience first, then your studies. Although the titles are great, you are not your title. You are your experiences, knowledge, and achievements. These are your most important assets, and they will help you excel, contact essay on time to help you work with it. Even if you finish your studies, a part-time, intern or volunteer job contributed to your being a responsible person who knows how to budget, plan and organize.

Expert Tip: Make sure the headings of the experience and study sections are clear. Again, a clean and well-organized resume with headings and bullets is easier to read, and someone is much more likely to read it and call you to do an interview.

PROMOTE YOUR SOCIAL SKILLS

An important thing that can help you to gain that experience after the studies, or during them, are the trips abroad, especially if you live some time abroad, both studying a language and volunteering. In a short time, you develop organization and planning techniques, improve your communication skills and learn to overcome obstacles. And you also become an independent, flexible and creative person when it comes to solving problems, which impresses with your intercultural skills.

Expert advice: if you are passionate about traveling and discovering new cultures, include it in your statement of objectives, and also include in the studies section or experience any work experience or related to the studies you have had abroad. This is especially important if you send the CV to an international company or to get a position abroad.

I MADE A LIST, CHECK IT TWICE

Use our small checklist to make sure that your curriculum -adapted, oriented to the search for solutions and loaded with social competences- will drive you to the top.

  • I chose a classic font that is available in the font library around the world. Arial or Helvetica are a safe bet.
  • I chose a readable font size. The little words tire the eye and do not get interviews.
  • Leave blank spaces. Improve readability and make your resume look more professional.
  • You are not writing a novel, you are making a summary of your achievements.
  • Check spelling and grammar Errors are not allowed. Make your mom or dad check it a couple of times before sending it. (Silly mistakes do not make a good first impression!)

Save and send your resume in PDF format. Everyone can read a PDF and thus the design will not be altered, as it can happen with a Word document.