Learn How to Write a professional CV
Through our experience in HR, we found that more than 70 percent of candidates are misevaluated due to the fact that they have a bad CV which makes it hard for the employer to have a clear view of their person’s profile and experiences. Having a professional CV is the most important step towards building your career history and finding your dream job. Check below the steps to writing a professional CV:
Our first step to writing anything is to make an outline on a piece of paper, try to brainstorm your minds, and fill the paper with all what you could think of about yourselves, experiences, knowledge, education, and skills. Take your time, try not to miss any piece of information even the hobbies part. Skilled HR people know well what they want from the CV and how they analyze it.
Start organizing the information into a friendly to the eye CV format. There are a lot of websites that offer you a help to fill your information and then they generate a CV for you, Lebaseekers as HR expert, do not recommend this. It is not very hard to do your own CV, in fact, it is easy, and a job seeker will always find time to dedicate for his career and future to build a proper CV.
It is considered an indicator for HR people, to see how much this person cares about dedicating time to construct a proper CV, or he is the type of person that is dependent on others to construct it for him.
Start with your personal information; name, address, telephone number(s), and email(s). Make sure that you revise this information especially the phone number and the email. HR people while searching and reading hundreds of CVs will not have the patience to contact a person more than 2 times or to discover that the number is written wrong. You should be an extraordinary person with special expertise for them to make an effort finding a way to contact you again.
As Lebseekers professional point of view writing, the objective is useless, Lebseekers suggests that you include all your objectives in the motivation letter or in the cover letter depending on what is requested of you. We will discuss the motivation letter and the cover letter later in another article.
Start directly with the professional experience, which is the most important part the employer will look at. Take a good care of this part to include all the experiences you have, dates, the name of the company/organization, the type of business, and the job title that you occupied or still occupying.
Since your CV should not exceed 2-3 pages, however in specific jobs that have high turnover it might reach 4 pages, when you have a long experience including too many details will be boring for the reader, try to minimize the information as much as possible without forgetting that you should include what the employer is searching for in order for you to be shortlisted. The best way to do that is to write bullet points with the main tasks of the job, this will not consume a lot of space in the CV, it is more reading friendly, and you include the information needed by the employer.
After the professional experience, you have the training part. This part can be integrated into the professional experience to be titled as “Professional and training experiences”. Training experience part should include all the training done by the person. Some jobs require a high level of training before joining the workforce, like lawyers, doctors, engineers, psychotherapists, nurses, etc…Some jobs require defining the training hours taken, on the job learning, in order to be able to practice the job. This part should be treated like the job experience part, please refer back to the job experience part.
Following the training part, you have the education part it can be called as well the “Academic experience”. This part includes all the degrees that you received since your last year of school until your highest degree of education. If you have a good GPA, please include it, it is a good indicator of the person’s seriousness in work, being a fast learner, and a person that can excel in his job.
After the Academic experience, we have the side training courses, seminars, and workshops attended. This part is essential to show the degree of maintenance we usually do for our knowledge and expertise. Like anything in life, our education needs maintenance; this means we need to update our knowledge from time to time by attending training, workshops, and seminars. For this part, the information should include the following: Name of training, the name of the training center, date of the training, and the duration the training had last.
Following the workshops and seminars part, there is the additional skills part, where you include all the computer, language, and soft wares knowledge. Most of the candidates in this part are not authentic and declare false information. Lebseekers do recommend true information, especially in this part, if you are weak in a language put the correct level, and do not say that you are excellent or fluent in a language that you are not even good at. Same for the soft wares part, if you do not know how to work on Microsoft Office, do not write it in your CV and save yourself from the embarrassment.
Last but not least the reference checks part, make sure that you write “available upon request” or to include them if you already know who the references that you have are. Usually, HR people request 2 references from each job mainly the line manager and the HR person, either from the last 2 jobs minimum or from the jobs that the experience is related to what they want. Example: if you have experience in project management and an experience of being a specialist in a specific domain, if you have in 3 places place a job as specialist and 2 places experience in project management, and then the HR requested references from your jobs related to project management, maybe your last job is not the project management, so you need to go back to the previous job experiences.
A kind reminder of what you should do when you leave each job, make sure that you request a work certificate if they do not provide one automatically. It is your right, so do not forget about it, it is your only proof that you worked at that place after a long period of time, especially if the company/organization might potentially close at some point.
The third step in the CV writing is to review your CV. Most of the job seekers forget to audit their CVs after it is done, the result will be that the CV is full of spelling mistakes and wrong font. The last step is an important step as well, the design of the CV is an essential part to attract the person who is shortlisting you. Make sure you make the CV neat, reading friendly, and coherent. Pay attention to the margins, font, and spaces, as well as to the spelling mistakes and grammatical structure of the sentences, if it contains one.