What should be in every CV?

Changing jobs is a big decision. Few of us would probably take that step right now, but it might be a good time to take a look at your CV. Make sure it doesn't need to be updated. You may need to use a CV service online to get your CV up to ideal.

Online recruitment, i.e. video interviews, and remote job offers are becoming increasingly popular. However, in order to send an application in response to a specific offer, you need to prepare your application documents in a way that catches the recruiter's attention.

What should be in every CV?

Of course, it should contain your personal details and contact details, i.e. first and last name, address, telephone number and e-mail address - all of this information should be clearly displayed, at the top of the CV. An important issue is the title of the email address. To make it look professional, it should preferably be just the first and last name - no frills.

Another element of a CV is a photo. In a business publication this would be appropriate, but leave a holiday photo or selfie for another occasion. If you don't have the photo you want, don't add it.

It's important to provide information about your current and former positions, along with your main occupation (this should also include information about internships and apprenticeships). Remember that it's best to write the listed commitments in relation to the requirements outlined in the advert you're responding to. Maybe something you've done in the past will come in handy in the new position.

Information about education cannot be omitted either. A separate "Training" field can be added for courses taken and training completed. If you have graduated from university, you do not need to include information about your secondary education, unless this fact is very important, e.g. it was a technical school, after which you obtained a professional qualification.

The 'Additional skills' tab should not be missing from any CV. Here you should list your most important skills (including language skills) that make you stand out from the competition and would be of use in a potential position.

Each CV should also include a note giving consent to the processing of personal data. It is worth noting that some employers have their own consent form, which is usually included in their recruitment announcement.

The last thing I would like to mention is a CV together with a career goal. This information is very popular nowadays. It should include details like who you are, what you have achieved so far, what you are good at and what your career goal is, and where you want to work. A professional CV together with a professional goal should also be written in response to a specific job offer. These two or three sentences that best describe you in the context of the position you are applying for can convince the recruiter that you are really the right person for the job and want it.