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How to write a good CV


Your CV(lat. Curriculum Vitae) is your ticket for the wanted company or position.


Competition in the labor market is very strong nowadays – there are a lot of candidates and not so many positions and companies. This is the main reason for having a relevant CV.


A CV should provide an overview of a person's education and previous experience, skills, achievements and awards, and description of someone's personality. Also it can include some references. Another name for a CV is a résumé.


It should be a marketing document in which you are “selling” yourself. When you are applying for the position try to put yourself in the employer shoes, try to think as HR manager who usually does the selection – adjust your biography as much as you can to desired position and make yourself as most relevant candidate. Point out all experience and skill that you have and that are at the same time important for position you are applying for.


Be short, clear and concise in writing - remember that the HR managers have only 20 seconds for each CV.

Create your CV in form of maximum two pages. Use some of the existing templates or try to be unique and creative and make CV that will attract attention of the employer, but in a good way.


The common structure of a good CV :


1. Personal information section. (name and surname, address, contact information)

2. Education and experience section. (name of the schools and faculties you have finished; here you can also add trainings you have attended)

3. Skills section. (language skills, technical skills, soft skills)

4. Certificates and awards.

5. Personality. (your affinities, main characteristic, etc.)

 

Tips and tricks for the interview


Know the company.


Learn as much you can about the company that you are going to for the interview. Visit the company's website and make a research – their product or services; history; activities; clients; etc. You must be prepared for a question like: “What do you know about us?”.


Be on time for the interview.


Being on time is very important for the first employer's impression about you. It is better to be 5-10 minutes before the scheduled beginning of the interview.


Know the location.


It is good to find and check the address of the company and to reach it before day of the interview in order to be sure where it is, and not to lose your time on the exact day.


Take Care About Your Appearance.


Choose appropriate clothes. Be aware where are you going. Try to be nite. Beside physical look non-verbal communication is very important during the interview. Take care about body language and eye contact.


Behavior.


Be polite, stay calm, and in good mood during the whole interview, willing to give answers on each question. It is important to be serious, but smiling at the same time and showing positive respect to the employer.


Be honest.


Whatever your question is always answered honestly, every lie will be revealed.


Prepare the questions.


Prepare a list of questions for which you want to know the answers. It will be useful for you to understand more about the company, their activities, requirements and tasks about the position. When you ask questions, you express your interested which is highly appreciated by the employer.


Typical questions.


Think about the answers of the  most common questions: What motivates you at work? What professional development do you expect? Which are your strengths and weaknesses?


Cover letter


Employers may look for individualized and thoughtfully written cover letters as one method of screening out applicants who are not sufficiently interested in their position or who lack necessary basic skills. Cover letter should point out why you are most suitable for the wanted position. It should include additional information that are not mentioned in your CV connected to your experience and skills.

Very important part also is your motivation for the job you applied for. Describe your internal and external reasons for working exactly that job and let your employer have easier process of decision making.


Format of the cover letter


Cover letters are generally one page at most in length. It has four parts a header, introduction, body, and closing.


•       Header. Here standard business letter style should be used, with the sender's address and other information, the recipient's contact information. Part of the header is also a salutation (e.g:”Dear HR Managers”).


•       Introduction. Briefly states the specific position desired, and should be designed to catch the employer's immediate interest.

•       Body. The body highlights material in the resume or job application, and explains why the job seeker is interested in the job and would be of value to the employer. If there are any special things to note such as availability date, they may be included as well.


•       Closing. In this part next step that applicant expects to take should be described. It may indicate that the applicant intends to contact the employer, indirect approach of simply saying that the applicant will look forward to hearing from or speaking with the employer. After the closing is a "Sincerely", and then a signature line.