Talent Boost effective CV tips

Blog by Anna Zhuravleva, JAMK Administration assistant, Talent Boost

Currently the summer recruitment period is ongoing in Finland. Students are actively searching for summer internships and jobs, at the same time, companies try to find temporary work force with fresh knowledge, new ideas and desire to learn.

One of the most important stages of the recruitment process is sharing the CV to the recruiter. When you have found the internship that interests you – part of the application process is submitting a professionally written CV which would be the main source of evaluation for the employer.

What is CV and why we need it?

CV is considered as one of the most effective ways to present your knowledge, experience, and skills to the employer in a swift and informative way. Typically, CV includes your picture, contact information, brief recap of your qualities, list of your educational and working experiences.

Some interesting facts about CVs include the following data:

  • On average recruiters look at the candidate´s CV from 10 seconds, as the shortest time needed for brief evaluation, to 1 minute as a maximum amount of time a recruiter spends on one CV.
  • Approximately 76% of resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address or wrongly put contact information.
  • About 93% of recruiters are likely to look at a candidate’s social media profiles and pages.
  • If a candidate has an unprofessionally taken CV picture – the rejection possibility is about 88% based on it.

Tips and information that might help you to build a consistent and professional CV.

First, you must decide on the right personal data that you want to include into your CV, make a list of information that you consider as critical for the position on which you are applying. Taking the above mentioned into consideration, it can be useful to customize the information in the CV according to the company and the position that you are applying to. In the beginning of the file, you can add a small personal statement. Next, make sure that if attaching a picture – it is done in an appropriate way and professionally taken. In the skill section, you can make an emphasis on those skills that are needed on the position – put them first. Also, add your qualifications and certificates if they are relevant to the job you are applying to. Brush up on the best ways to present former or current employment in a way that shows you in the best light.

After completing the first part of the CV, as a next step – list your previous jobs and experiences information in the order either by date or put first those that can be interesting to the employer and more relevant to the applied position. Don´t forget to include your education information – the venue, degree, years studied, legitimacy. Following, you must include language skills information and showcase the level of knowledge (A1-C2). You can also include information about awards, volunteering experience and projects that you have completed, if necessary and you have enough space. It can also be a good idea to include references, for instance the boss from a previous job or your professor who can recommend you as a good employee or a student.  Remember, it is not recommended to make a CV more than 1 page long. Lastly, check for grammar and spelling, put right and accessible contact information.

Good luck with your applications!