Making a perfect CV – the very first step a young professional need to take.
So you are looking for an internship, traineeship, official or even temporary job, aren’t you? Or maybe, it is simply for the small assignment that your career consultant gave you. One way or another, you have probably found this post during your search for inspiration to write your perfect CV.
Worry no more! Here we are, ready to help you out with that. StudyFinancing will show you the very basic, yet effective CV template. On our next post, we will discuss with you some tips and tricks, particularly on how to make it more attractive to your future recruiters.
Let’s start.What you will need to do to have a (almost) perfect CV is firstly:
1. Personal details
Yes, just that simple. You will need to give a short biography of yourself, including name, address (mentioning only the city is good enough), nationality, date of birth, contact information (telephone number, email address, LinkedIn account).
Those are the most fundamental details. Other personal details such as marital status or religion are optional.
Your photo: Yes or No?
→ It totally depends on you and the job’s requirements. Recruiters could still look up your images via social networks (or simply google images). If you don’t like the idea or think that could lead to some selection bias, you may just leave your portrait out. However, if you decide to put your photo in CV, let’s pick the best professional photo (no funny-crazy selfie, no dim-light, no over-edits).
2. Personal Statement
A personal statement is just like an elevator pitch of your CV. It should be able to tell people (regardless of the order):
>> Who are you?
>> What do you do?
>> What is your specialization/major?
>> Do you have any highlighted work experience?
>> What skills/ abilities that make you the suitable one?
>> What is your career direction?
Depending on the position that you are applying for, the significance when including personal statement in your CV may vary. For some part-time jobs, it may not be that necessary.
However, we strongly recommended you to write your personal statement when applying for full-time or professional positions. A personal statement is also good for anyone wanting to change their career direction, or for students applying for a job different/ irrelevant to their study.
The third and forth parts can be switched. If you are applying for a traineeship or you do not have much relevant working experience, it is always better to mention Education before Working Experience.
For this part, the most basic information that you should mention is (in the exact order):
>> Month/ Year
>> Title of your education (for example: MSc, MBA, BA, etc.)
>> Educational Institution (Utrecht University, Universiteit van Amsterdam, etc.)
>> Location (Country) of mentioned Educational Institution (Australia, Thailand, Germany, ect.)
>> Modules/ Courses (Econometrics, Supply chains, etc) – you can mention all or just modules relevant to the job’s requirements
>> Thesis and/or Projects
4. Working Experience
>> Month/ Year
>> Job function (for example: Financial analysts, Marketing executive, etc.)
>> Company’s name and industry – it is better to include a really short description about the company
>> Tasks or Responsibilities
>> Achievements or Impacts – if you have a clear assessment or measurements, MENTION them, for instance: exceed the sales targets by 1% during three first months.
You may have many things to tell recruiters in this part. However, we suggest you provide short, comprehensive, and relevant details. A perfect CV will have relevant details customized specifically for the position.
For instance, the job requires a candidate of analytical skills. Hence, it is more logical to mention your tasks of analyzing a financial report, reconciling the estimated with actual expenses. You can mention about your administrative tasks, which could be your main duty, only when you have extra space in the paper. Why? Because “administrative task” would be perfect if the recruiters want someone with organizing skills. But it is not entirely a persuasive proof for analytical skills.
5. Extra-curriculum activities
This part does not always play a significant role. However, recruiters would love to see it. Why? It tells the others about your personality, social networks, soft-skills, or additional training beside your study and work.
For young professionals, we also recommend you to participate in more social activities. They are a strong evidence for your engagement with the society and efforts in developing yourself in many aspects.
What can you do then? The most common activities are volunteering works/ charity, some social groups (for instance: debating group), competitions, and projects (personal or group).
6. Interests and hobbies
This last part is more or less not as important as others. But for a perfect CV, this part also has its own strategic advantages. Yes, you are supposed to talk about your interests. BUT, it is not a list of you do and don’t like. Be smart in choosing the right activities. After that, it would be the best if you can link those interests/ activities with the job’s requirements.
For instance: If the job requires something similar to “communication skills, networking, or constant interaction with people”, how about mentioning your interest in “travelling”? You can always say that you love travelling because it creates chances to meet new people and to understand different cultural perspectives. Or if the job wants someone with “creative” personality, say that you love drawing, writing blogs, crafting, etc.
Then, let’s do a bit research online about your potential recruiters. It may sound “creepy”, but the point is to create a similarity. The mechanism is the same with mirroring the person you are talking to. It makes you and that person feel connected. Imagine your recruiters or interviewers also love hiking as you do, isn’t great? The point is to leave a longer impression. Common interests can become great topics to start conversations as well.
So, that’s all for our first post of the CV series. Once you are able to include these 6 parts and their details in your CV, you have come closer to having the perfect CV. Still, they are only the basic things. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks to customize your CV.
If you have any concerns or you have any tips/ advice to share, let leave them in the comment box.