CV Tips

With your permission your curriculum vitae will be send to the participating companies. This might be you change to get an internship or your first job! We have some tips for you that might be helpful to adjust you CV in that way that you stand out among the recruiters.

When making your CV remember the following:

  • Recruiters have to screen a lot of CV’s in a short period…
  • Recruiters are looking for those qualities and experiences that are relevant for the position that they need to fill.
  • Work experience, a board year, foreign exchange periods and voluntary work look good on your resume. Interesting hobbies, like playing an instrument, will make you stand out as well.

Photo

A photo on your CV gives the recruiter directly a connection with you. You don’t need a professional photoshoot, but to be honest holiday photos are not done… If you don’t have a professional photo ask a roommate or friend to take one. Make sure: to have a neutral background, a representative shirt, make eye contact with the camera and smile.

Structure

Give your CV structure. We recommend the following: start with your personal details (extra tip: add an URL to your LinkedIn profile), your education, flowed by work experience, internships, and conclude with extra curriculum activities. Make sure to state the period, function title and organisation. You can add a little description, but not more than two sentences or just use bullet points.

Creativity

You can make the most amazing CV’s using photoshop and InDesign. However, that takes a lot of skill and time. With standard word processors like Word and Pages there are already a lot of possibilities. Try using some shapes and colours to make your CV stand out.