Your CV must be targeted and have impact. Companies only use a few minutes to sort job applications. That is why it is important to have a thoroughly reviewed CV. The CV assistant helps with this by providing advice from our experienced career counsellors.
Your CV is one of the most important elements of your career. It makes you attractive to employ and, if it is carefully prepared, it is a valuable overview of your competences and your career.
Most companies read the CV first. If your CV matches the company’s requirements, they will also read your application. Your chance to be considered for a job depends, therefore, on your CV. Therefore, we at IDA have prepared the CV assistant, which guides you through the preparation of your CV.
Your CV is your primary way to remain attractive to employ. Therefore, it is important to update your CV regularly. Otherwise, you might quickly lose your overview.
This would be a pity, because then the employer does not have a full overview of your qualifications either. Your CV is your detailed external memory, which helps you to remember everything you have accomplished and learned.
Of course, it is important to include contact information in your CV if you are to be lucky enough to be invited to an interview.
It is always good to include a picture of yourself in your CV. It creates credibility and recognition by your potential employer.
Provide a brief description of your most important professional and personal competences. Explain how they could add value for the company you are seeking a job from. The employer does not know what you are particularly good at, so it is your task to describe your special skills.
Your résumé is often the first thing a company looks at. Write a short description of your professional profile with your most relevant competences and your professional experience. It is here you must the company become interested in reading more. A summary is not a description of your entire life and career. It is a brief, professional description in which you present the most relevant topics from your career and education. What are your specialist fields? What have you worked with? What are your professional strengths?
What educational programmes have you completed? What did you learn during your education? You have, undoubtedly, gained extensive knowledge and acquired important competences, which will be beneficial to you in your future working life. Describe what your education has taught you and why these competences make you a good match with regard to the vacant position. You might write a bit about your specialities, important projects, stays abroad and traineeship. Prioritise by relevance to the job.
State the name of the company and your position designation. Briefly describe your work tasks, your areas of responsibility and your most important results. Which competences and qualifications have you achieved through the job and how are they relevant to the job you are currently applying for?
Have you participated in courses that are relevant to the position you are applying for? Relevant courses show the employer that you are committed and have a genuine interest in the discipline. It also says something about your competences and qualifications. If you lack knowledge about a particular area, take one of IDA’s many courses and strengthen your CV.
Voluntary work can be icing on the cake. It says a lot about who you are if you have had surplus energy to do voluntary work in your busy day-to-day life. It shows that you have the surplus energy to get become involved. Even if your voluntary work is not directly relevant, it is still important to include it in your CV. If it is relevant to your studies, it also shows that you are truly interested in the profession and the industry. As a student, voluntary work is often the first step towards landing a job that is relevant to your studies. The competences and qualifications you develop here are therefore important to include.
Indicate your linguistic capabilities. Employers often expect you to speak more than one language. Therefore, it is important to draw attention to your linguistic competences, even if you do not see them as being directly related to the work.
Do you have experience with any software? Have you previously worked extensively with specific software and is it relevant with regard to the work you are seeking? Regardless of whether you are a super user of Microsoft Office or are great at Python, it is worth mentioning. Even if it is not directly crucial for the job, it may tell the employer something about what you are able to learn within IT.
In order to obtain a complete overview of your personality, it is relevant for the employer to know more about your leisure interests, civil status and similar things. If, for example, you play football, let it say something about you. Maybe football has taught you something about working in a team? Or maybe you have developed leadership characteristics by being a leading figure in the team?
Have you published something that might be relevant to the work? During your studies, maybe you have written a project for a bachelor’s degree or a thesis on something that is relevant to what the employer is looking for? This is where you should upload it together with a brief description.
Have you built up a strong network throughout your career? Now is the time to use it. Here, list previous managers as references in your CV. Even for a student or recent graduate without any professional experience, this section is important. For example, a previous manager in the local supermarket might tell something about how you are at work.
Other: Is there still something missing from your CV? Is there anything we have forgotten? Consider whether it may fit into some of the other sections. Or write it here. And remember that you can change the heading of this section in your CV if you have a better suggestion.