Why is your CV important?

and how to make a good one

For a recruiter, your CV is the first and main source of information about you and your skills. The way you present yourself on your CV can improve or diminish your chances of getting the job. Moreover, often it is not only about facts such as education, experience or skills, but about the way you present them. A CV that is messy, unclear, missing crucial information, or contains mistakes can give a recruiter a bad feeling and result in a rejection. On the other hand, a CV that is well-written, organized, up-to-date, and complete is a proof for the recruiter that you are an intelligent, organized, and motivated person. Additionally, for a recruiter, the effort you put into your CV is a refection of your motivation to get the job you apply for. And every recruiter wants to have motivated candidates.

So read our short article to make sure your CV is a help, not obstacle to getting a job. When you are ready click here to find a template you can download and use to make your own short, clear, and powerful CV.

Basic personal data

Make sure your name and surname is easily visible. Below provide the following information:

  • your current address – this has to be the address of the place where you currently live, even if this is not your official place of residence. This gives a recruiter an idea of how far you live from the job you are applying for. If you live too far, a recruiter may offer you different jobs closer to your current address
  • phone and email address – so that the recruiter can easily contact you. And while we are on the subject, please make sure you have a professional, adult email address. Keep your crazy and imaginative email address for private communication. Serious job hunting requires serious email address. We advise to go with simple name and surname.
  • Your date of birth – this will help the recruiter determine what hourly pay they can offer you, since employees often offer lower pays to people younger than 23.

Education

Start at the end and provide information about your most recent education first.

Don’t bother with elementary school.

Don’t forget to include information about any additional vocational courses you followed, if you think they can improve your chances of getting the job.

Work experience

This is the important stuff, so make it count. Start with your most recent experience and work your way backwards.

Make sure the dates of your employment are correct. Provide the name of your function, the name of your employer, and a short description of your tasks.

Do not leave anything out, even if it is not relevant. Recruiters do not like blank spaces in your employment history.

Be concise and consistent.

Languages

Because you are applying for a job in a foreign country, the recruiter must know what languages you speak. English or Dutch are usually required, so make sure you indicate how well you can communicate in these two languages. You can use the Common European Network of Reference for Languages or simply state whether your language level is basic, communicative, fluent, or near native. Whatever your do, be honest with yourself, because the recruiter will check your language fluency anyway.

Skills and Interests

This is your chance to deliver one last punch in your CV. Think well about everything your have learned so far and include it in your skills. Top skills that are always welcome are driving license, teamwork, organization, and learning skills.

Interests can also help you, especially if they are aligned with the job you are applying for. They also show you as a wholesome and interesting person.

Ready to pimp up your CV? Get our easy template here! Then check our vacancies and apply directly!