The Curriculum Vitae (CV) is your professional presentation and the first impact that the company, and the people to whom you send it, receive from you. For this reason, you must make sure that your CV includes your entire academic and professional career in a comprehensive, concise and attractive way.
The CV must transmit a professional image, according to the activity to be carried out and the industry of the employer, but always showing a solid impression of your education and work history. You should choose a clean design, with a clear and professional typography, a good structure and, in general, try not to occupy more than two pages on one side (any other information can be attached later). Use one or two colours preferably, with a modern and formal appearance. Try to avoid images, graphics, logos, … It is better to err on the side of sobriety than creativity in a CV of an experienced manager or professional like you.
As a general rule, a CV should have five clearly structured sections: personal data, education, professional experience, languages and other knowledge and skills. In addition, we recommend that you write a brief description of your profile at the beginning of the CV, adapting it to the requirements of the position to which you apply. You can complement it with a list of Tags or Keywords with your most staked skills and experiences. If you want, you can include at the end of the CV a section of ‘other Information of Interest’ (accreditations, recognitions, awards, teaching activity, hobbies, …).
In each section, you must organize your career chronologically, from the most current (first) to the oldest (last). It is a standard that applies to the entire CV. The dates must be detailed in month / year format. More or less detail can be suspicious. Inactive periods in your professional career, if they exist, must be explained (it is better than trying to hide them).
COMPLETE AND CONCISE
It is important to ensure that none of the relevant information is missing to describe your academic background and career. But it is important to be concise. Each responsibility in your career must have a brief description regarding its content and achievements, but do not exceed 3 or 4 lines, enough to be understood by the evaluator. You will have time in an interview to provide details.
PUT FOCUS ON YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
When you detail each professional stage, each responsibility, focus more on describing your achievements in the position in a tangible way – quantify, share success stories – as well as your specific span of responsibility. Don’t just describe the job functions, which your evaluator generally knows well. Always put the important things first.
REMOVE WHAT DOES NOT ADD VALUE
Anything redundant or insignificant detracts from the CV (e.g. writing ‘CV’ in the header is unnecessary and detracts from your personality, the format itself makes clear what it is). Avoid topics; give visibility to what is relevant. It is recommended that, with this message in mind, you take a final reading of the CV to get rid of the unnecessary ‘weight’.
THE TRUTH AHEAD
Every candidate asks whether or not to put this or that personal data (e.g. age, children, marital status, …). You are neither obliged to put it nor to answer questions of that nature. You should be the one to decide whether or not you should put this or that piece of information if you think that it can give you more options of being summoned for an interview in a specific process. In any case, throughout the selection process, all the information will come out in one way or another. Our recommendation is that you always act transparently and honestly, without, however, providing information in advance that may prejudge you in any way.