To make it easier for you to apply for various jobs/programs including ours (where a part of the application process also includes sending a CV), our committee usually dealing with CVs has written a few tips and tricks from our experience. As this is the way we meet participants, we pay a lot of attention to it to create the best summer school experience for everyone!
If you are in the stage of currently creating a CV for the first time, maybe it is best if you start by taking already designed CVs from various pages you can find on Google. There are plenty of options, but keep in mind that CV should be the reflection of your personality, so try to choose one that fits you. For example, if you are a detail orientated person or perfectionist, you would probably make sure that every text box in your CV sections looks perfect. On the other side, someone that is phlegmatic would probably pick a less complex design, with minimalistic colors.
Remember: If you are not a graphic designer, CV might be one of the biggest projects you’ll ever design! Take time and do it right, because you should sell yourself.
Remember: Even though you think education doesn’t add too much value to your CV, it is completely opposite. If you have little work experience, this is the part you should focus on. Show that you have been the student that attended extracurricular activities to gain additional skills and knowledge. Such people tend to be an asset to the company, as they will also educate themselves throughout life.
Remember: Employers are not interested if you have been paid or worked for free on a certain job. They are interested in having an employee that experienced work, faced problems and overcame obstacles, no matter the scale they have experienced that.
Remember: Skills section is usually a cliche section of your CV. Try to make it different and rather add some ‘not so popular’ skill instead of writing lies when it comes to skills you are not so good at. If you are an introvert, it is better to show that through skills and not to lie instead of having it shown in the interview. Never forget to mention soft and digital skills!
Remember: This might be the only thing recruiters will read on your CV. Pick the words wisely and make it a trigger for them to start reading the rest of your CV.
These are just some of the most important things you should take into consideration when writing a CV. Many sites that offer free CV designs will also guide you through the sections of your CV but keep in mind that you have to be unique and drop your own personality and vision on the paper.