12 Golden rules : check-list for an efficient CV

You have finished writing your CV and you plan to send applications shortly.
What are the things to check before sending your CV ?

1. Personal information

Contact

All necessary information to contact me is included and correct. My e-mail address is not fanciful. If my first name can lead to sex confusion (Ashley, Kyle…), I do add Mr or Ms to avoid any ambiguity.

Photo

Not mandatory unless requested. In any case, this has to be a quality photo, simple and recent. Good posture and appropriate clothes for the situation.

Hobbies

Avoid mentioning these, keep it for your friends, not for your potential employers.

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2. Text content

Content

All information on my CV is up to date, all elements are true and can be verified.

Acronyms

If my CV uses some, I make sure they are explained if too specific.

No, no, no

Avoid anything that can appear negative. If there is something you do not like, it should not be included in your CV.

Proofreading

Have more than one person proofread your CV (look for typos, misspelling, grammatical errors…).

Rewriting or modifying

I receive comments positively, even more so after proofreading. I think about those remarks and take them into consideration.

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3. Layout

Presentation

My CV is clear, well laid out and easy to read. It is properly structured, there are many different sections, separated by white lines. For paragraphs, not too many words in bold, underlined, in color or in italic. No over usage of several fonts.

Dates

Homogeneity in the formats. I use the same format for all resume.

One or two pages only

Recruiters or HR managers do receive a large amount of CV’s. You must synthetise the information wherever it is possible.

Packaging

No two face printing, good quality paper, white paper. Originals whenever possible.
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