Writing a C.V.
The Curriculum Vitae represents the contact with the employer from whom you hope to obtain a job interview. Write your C.V. in order to obtain the desired job, communicating your studies, experience and skills. As such there is nothing more important than to write it in a meticulous manner.
We have prepared a list of advices for writing a C.V. and have split it into two categories: content and structure.
The content of the C.V. - it is best to be straightforward, concise, kept up to date, customized:
1.Familiarize yourself with the values, vision and mission of the company whose job you have in mind;
2. Study carefully the requirements of the job for which you want to apply, the desired profile of the employer for the ideal employee and adapt your C.V. as expected by the company;
3. Include relevant information for the job requirements - volunteer work, any achievements that might help you stand out;
4. Focus on action, write down your achievements, the obtained results and mention the used skills and abilities. Do not list the responsibilities that you had in your position at another company;
5. The chances of being considered a relevant candidate increase if you use keywords that are considered popular in the area in which you work. This is especially useful if you apply online for a job (any scanning software can identify keywords and sort your C.V. according to them);
6. For the content of the document, use a structured and formal style;
7. Be honest, any information can be verified;
8. Prior to application, check for spelling mistakes- you can ask a friend to read your C.V. and give his/her opinion on the matter.
The structure of the C.V. – varries depending on the style:
One version of the structure can be selected from three main methods: chronological, functional or their combination;
Chronological C.V.s are great if your career has been progressive and you continue to develop it. In chronological C.V.s you should list the professional experience according to the data starting from your last job;
Functional C.V.s can be successfully used when you do not have much experience. They are build on the skills that you have acquired over time and used at your job. Moreover, due to layoffs, many people are seeking employment in fields other than those in which they have worked and in which they don't have not much experience. Therefore, listing your experience on skills shows the employers the owned skills, instead of underlined the missing ones;
The employer's first impression concerning your C.V. is the way it is presented, as such you should use a professional approach in writing it and not overuse symbols, tables, graphs when writing it.
Other necessary information can be found here:
Letter of Intent
The letter of intent is also known as the motivation or presentation letter. It is a document that is attached to the Curriculum Vitae and helps you better communicate with your potential employer, to whom you can directly address. When you do not have any information on the person to whom you need to address the letter of intent, we you send it to the Head of HR department or the company's management - to the general manager or the president.
It should be designed exclusively for the employing company and must highlight your talent in creating a certain image, to "sell" the idea that you are the right person at the right place.
The letter of intent must present the employer the reason for choosing the job for which you apply, your qualifications and skills, what in your professional experience and accomplishments recommends you, the availability that you have towards the employing company. Thus, you have to show the employer that you know and understand their needs, that you can make improvements in order to increase the effectiveness on the job and even the company's profitability. Make the connection between your experience and achievements with the employing company's activity, with its plans and projects.
To achieve this, you must find out what you can about the company and the job you want. Analyze the employing company's history, what is the area of activity, the achievements and problems it faces, how you can help solve these problems, how to be an asset to the company.
Reference your attached C.V. and do not repeat the information presented within. Offer your willingness to participate in an interview and add your contact details (phone, email and postal address).
The letter of intent has the following basic structure:
• salutation formula;
• closing formula;