Why your resume sucks resume

CV: Everything you need to know and consider!

The résumé or a CV (curriculum vitae) is at the core of every application. Designed in a clear form, the reader can obtain objective information about the applicant's personal details, training and further education, professional activities, special knowledge / skills, non-professional commitments and hobbies of the applicant.

The most popular forms of presenting this information are:

  • Tabular CV
  • Keyword-like curriculum vitae

A brief overview of the professional and private career has prevailed. A curriculum vitae in tabular form is clear and therefore welcome.

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CV structure checklist

A résumé has an internal logic and structure. With regard to layout, font, font size, etc. you have a certain amount of leeway to put your CV together individually. With regard to the structure or structured presentation of the content, it is advisable to adhere to the following systematics:

  • Headboard
    • Name (s)
    • First name (s)
    • address
    • phone
    • fax
    • E-mail address
    • Homepage (if your own and professional application homepage is available)
    • Nationality (for foreigners) or place of origin (for Swiss)
    • Marital status (possibly with number of children)
    • possibly military degree (list depending on your degree, your affinity to the military and the company to which you are applying)
  • Initial and continuing education
    • Chronological listing of your training and further education, starting with the last one
    • Type of training, training company / institution (with details of location) as well as degree and / or job title or expected completion date
    • List the date in a separate column. (Always use the month and year in the CV (e.g. 3/2003 or March 2003).
    • Leave out kindergarten!
  • Professional Activities
    • List the company, position or function as well as key activities.
    • List the date in a separate column. (Always use the month and year (e.g. 3/2003 or March 2003).
    • Gaps? Always declare
  • Special knowledge / skills
    • This primarily includes foreign language skills, computer skills or technical skills and IDs.
  • External engagement
    • Social, sporting, cultural, economic, political or ecological commitments can very well be decisive for a career. Employers regard active non-professional engagement as evidence of exceptional performance.
    • Do you run organizations resp. Institutions as well as their function or the performance achieved (e.g. FC Winterthur, semi-professional National League B; during the full-time university of applied sciences).
    • Do not hesitate to mention publications, patents, projects or other experiences.
  • Hobbies
    • People can sometimes be characterized on the basis of hobbies. It is therefore advisable to list hobbies in the CV.
    • Think carefully about which hobbies you list in which order (if you have many hobbies)!
    • Leave out hobbies like hanging out, eating, sleeping, flirting, daydreaming or the like - even if they are entirely understandable leisure activities.

Checklist unnecessary

  • The CV does not include:
    • Name and occupation of parents
    • Information on (spouse) partner
    • Denomination
    • Hobbies unrelated to work
    • Party or union affiliation
    • health status

Checklist "decision maker optics"

Assess your CV for yourself and see it through the eyes of a recruiter:

  • First (spontaneous / intuitive) impression
    • Take a quick look at the dossier and immediately write down your first spontaneous impression without thinking twice. Don't censure your associations and write down everything that comes to mind, but don't suck anything out of your fingers!
  • abnormalities
    • Now read through the CV and make a note of what particularly strikes you. Write down everything that is conspicuous, even if it seems irrelevant or negligible to you.
  • Initial and continuing education
    • Significance of schools for professional development and the vacant position (schools completed with or without a diploma; grade level)?
  • Professional activities
    • Gaps between jobs (duration and reason)
    • Length of the individual positions: shortest, longest, average
    • Dynamics / rhythm of professional development: fast - slow, continuous - leaps and bounds, rising - falling - kinked, logical / expected - illogical / surprising, career change
  • Special Knowledge
    • Relevance for the vacant position
    • Quality of knowledge or skills
  • External engagements
    • What did this person do outside of working hours?
    • Type of engagement
    • Relevance to the vacant position
  • Hobbies
    • Relevance for the vacant position
  • Conclusion
    • What is the common thread (the keynote, the continuous motif) that runs through the professional development and through the biography as a whole?
    • Profile / target / actual comparison: Does the applicant meet the requirements of the position in terms of training, professional experience, skills?
    • Open questions: Which questions that arose from the dossier study are still open and could be asked?
    • Decision based on the dossier review: interesting candidate, meets the requirements / interesting candidate, but is out of the question for this position; looking for other employment opportunities / does not meet the general requirements for employees; cancel!

This is a CV that the recruiters are interested in

Expert tips

Regardless of which form of presentation you choose, it is best to always name the most recent things first and the oldest activity at the end with regard to the chronological order. The readers of your CV are probably most interested in your recent engagements and less in what you - a long time ago! - did in your youth!

The professional does, among other things, a time sequence and position analysis. In the time sequence analysis, he is interested in whether there are gaps in your biography - and if so, why! The position analysis provides information about your career ascent and descent. If you have either time gaps or career shortfalls, do not try to deceive the reader, but give short and comprehensible explanations - without justification!

Always keep in mind: The CV also offers you the opportunity to market yourself as optimally as possible! However, this does not mean that untruths or exaggerations should be part of the résumé!
The CV should not exceed three pages!
And - last but not least - the curriculum vitae should also be written with a focus on results and benefits!

Synonyms: curriculum vitae, Curriculum vitae

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