A curriculum vitae and a motivation letter serve as the basis of a proper application. The standard variation lists key personal information, career milestones and educational progress in a grid-like format, highlighting your strengths. What do HR-officers look for in particular when reading your CV?
Individuality is your first extra point
A proper application should be tailor-made for the position you are applying for. Usually the CV will be read before the motivation letter. In order to get an advantage right from the start, submit your CV as specified in the job ad.
It may happen that key qualifications get lost in the information overflow, especially if you have various skills and long years of professional experience. To avoid this, highlight the special skills and qualifications required by the position by putting those in the front when writing your CV. Focus on designing your CV to feature the most important details and give your CV a personal touch.
What benefits do you bring to the company?
HR advisors and officers are especially interested in skills and qualifications you bring to the company. Do you have experience in the area in question? Have you already worked in a similar position? If so, highlight this fact when writing your CV. If you have working experience, emphasize your professional track record. First-time employees should emphasize education highlights, practice, relevant part-time jobs and hobbies in their CV. Address the benefits actively in your motivational letter, too.
Describe your individual USPs
Companies check whether your education given in your CV matches the requirements of the position offered. Show the employer what particular benefits your knowledge and skills may provide to the company. In your CV, highlight the milestones and key qualifications of your education that exactly match the criteria given in the job ad.
Make sure that the recruiters precisely understand the description and the quality of your education. In today's abundance of education options and course of studies, the quality/value of your education should be clear.
Structure, arrangement: the layout of your CV
HR officers get their first impression about an applicant by just looking at her/his CV. First of all they quickly preview the document. Your unique chance to stand out from the crowd is exactly here. Structure your CV well arranged and with some creativity. You must overcome the first hurdle. All information relevant to the position should be eye-catching. To achieve this, renounce any unnecessary details. Present your strengths and qualifications especially for this position briefly and clearly. If you had managed to engage the interest of the recruiters, they will select your CV for the next stage.
When writing your CV, be careful to avoid potential gaps and contradictions. Such discrepancies or open periods of time will be immediately discovered by recruiters. Address these flaws right in your CV and provide likely explanations. Honesty is the best – latest during the interview these flaws will be asked about.
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