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5 simple tips and tricks to improve your CV

Are you looking for a job and would like some advice on how to write or improve your CV? You’ve come to the right place! Discover in this article the 5 simple tips and tricks to catch the eye of recruiters and make the difference with other candidates!

The type of CV expected can vary depending on your sector of activity and the position you want. Nevertheless, almost all over the world, the expectations of recruiters are rather similar. So to make the difference in the middle of long piles of CVs, there are some good tricks to know and some traps to avoid… Follow these tips:

1. Start with your name and contact information

We usually start the CV by indicating our first and last name as well as our contact information (especially our cell phone number and email address) at the top of the page. If you have a profile on professional social networks such as LinkedIn for example, do not hesitate to add a link to your page! The goal is to keep it short but to give the recruiter all the necessary information so that they can contact you more easily if you are selected.

2. Illustrate your CV with a photo

It is customary to add a photograph at the top of your CV. This is not a legal obligation, but if you do not opt for an anonymous CV, choose your photo carefully. Putting the same photo as the one you use on social networks will not look very professional, even if the image contains a Snapchat-type filter. Ideally, a headshot with a small smile and good lighting is best.

3. Complete your resume with your skills

On the right or left side of the page, it’s time to list your hard skills on the CV and key competencies for the position. Level of languages (French, English), mastery of software and computer tools, know-how and technical skills… Also, take advantage of this section to add keywords about your job. This will make it easier for headhunters to find you in their CV libraries.

4. Present your experiences in reverse chronological order

Of all the sections of your resume, the one presenting your professional experience will often be the most scrutinized by the recruiter. Start by indicating your most recent assignment and work your way back to your first experience.

A reverse chronological order CV is much appreciated by recruiters and allows them to have an overview of your career. However, if you have had several jobs, give priority to those that are closest to the job you are currently looking for, as this will give your CV more consistency.

5. Mention your diplomas and training

After having listed your professional experiences with 3 or 4 bullets detailing your main missions and the results obtained, you can now move on to your educational background. Present the diplomas you have obtained and any training, qualification or certification you have completed.

For certain sectors or professions, it is sometimes important to indicate the school or university you attended in higher education, but this is of limited interest if the institution does not have a high reputation at the local or national level.