Before applying to an internship or job offer, the correct wording of the CV is an essential aspect. This document is the first contact that a company receives, so you should not take it lightly!

So, if you feel a bit lost, don’t worry, in this post we give you our best tips to help you writing an optimal and consistent CV:

    The photo:

A photo is not always mandatory but you can add it if you feel comfortable to show it in your resume. A photo may (or may not) stand out in an application and help the company remember you and have references. But if you decide to include a photo, it has to be PERFECT!

Follow these rules to include the most suitable photo:

–    Ask someone to take your picture:

Although selfies photos are very fashionable, leave them for your Instagram account! If you are going to add a photo where you show your arm or an external element such as a mirror or your mobile phone, we recommend you to not include it in your CV. Your resume will be rejected immediately!

–    Choose an appropriate background:

The photo should be bright with a background as clear as possible. Do not hesitate to ask your family and friends or even professionals to help you!

–    Smile!

In your cv, you have to show your best face! It is preferable to show only the back of your body, that is your head and shoulders. Your photo should generate sympathy and professionalism.

Keep in mind that a CV must be adapted to the country where you want to apply for and therefore you have to adapt the format. In that case, if you want to do an internship in the USA or Australia, for instance, you should not include a photo.

Ejemplos de una foto buena y de dos malas

The title:

In order to read your CV easier, you should add a title. A meticulously chosen title will allow you to highlight your CV and let the company value your profile. At this point, the title must define your professional profile.  If you are looking for an internship in marketing you can write for example: “Business administration manager student looking for an internship in digital

marketing.”

 

We are aware that if you’re a current student, you may not have a lot of professional experience, but luckily companies take that into consideration. So, instead of sending an empty cv or with a lot of irrelevant content, you can create a section with the title called “Objective” in which you can briefly detail what you expect from the internship and what you can contribute to the company. For this section, you should use a professional vocabulary; we advise you to reuse the one used it previously on the internship description. You can also customize the paragraph according to the company. But do not forget to be brief! Make your cv stand out from the rest!

The content:

First of all, a CV must be brief and interesting to make the company wants to know more about you. CVs with more than 2 pages

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are usually not read and generally deleted. The ability to synthesize is a quality that is very valued by companies at the

moment of recruiting the perfect candidate.

As we mentioned before, writing a CV when you are a student can be a little difficult. How can I create a relevant CV when I don’t have professional experience? First and foremost, you need to know where to focus on. This can be, for example, in the languages you speak, classes you have taken or volunteer experiences. Don’t forget to rank your experiences in chronological order, always starting by the most recent experiences to the least.

 

–    Education:

If you are a young student who has just graduated or are looking for a professional internship, you have to indicate it in the head of the CV as a title. As it is an important and relevant aspect of your CV, you have to highlight.  For example, add links to your career presentation website.

Another interesting aspect to take into account is to deepen the knowledge that you have acquired during your studies which are in line with the offer you request and/or your professional project.

Depending on the field of studies, you can also combine additional content online (for example, the portfolio of a student in graphic design or architecture or small articles for a student in journalism). Don’t hesitate to put add the links in your CV to invite the company to take a look at your projects. You will stand out from the rest of the candidates!

–    Languages:

We live in a global world, thus, speaking several languages is an unquestionable advantage. In this category, you should indicate which is (are) your mother tongue(s) and what is your level on the other languages. To understand easier the level, we advise you to evaluate it within the European framework:

  • A1 and A2 are basic levels
  • B1 and B2 are independent levels: you are able to understand most of the main ideas and communicate in a simple way.
  • C1 and C2 are the highest levels: you are able to understand more or less easily the content of what you read or hear and you know how to express yourself spontaneously.

You can also reflect your level through the following expressions: working knowledge, good command, fluent and native speaker. In that case, it’s preferable when someone applies for a position in a company outside Europe.

Don’t forget to rank your languages from the highest to the one you have the least fluency and knowledge of.

Foto de gente trabajando al rededor de una mesa–    Working experience:

Due to the lack of your work experience in your sector, you can add additional information regarding any work you have done during your studies. But be careful you don’t need to put ALL (maximum 3) and only the most relevant and consistent experiences related to the internship offer. In addition, you have to specify the tasks, qualities and/or competences you have acquired thanks to those student jobs. You have to get the most out of it and use it to your advantage!

 

–    Personal skills and interests:

In these categories, you have to try to stand out as much as possible. You should avoid writing topics such as travelling or reading in your interests, everyone puts it and it is very irrelevant! You have to get out of the ordinary. For example, you can put hobbies that you can develop during the interview and that can reveal some skills about you. For example, if you have a YouTube channel, show it! The company will see that you have skills in video creation and design and that you are comfortable with the tools that internet offers.

 

In the personal skills section, you should also avoid including basic information and not fall into the topics as it can reveal a lack of introspection, to offer the best of you, you have to know yourself well!

 

According to the site Cleverism the qualities most valued by the companies are:

  • Ambitious
  • Confident
  • Humble
  • Committed/passionate
  • Reliable
  • Positive
  • Enthusiastic
  • Self-motivated

Now that you have all the help you need to write a good resume; you just need to find the right design. It has to be original, but, above all, it has to be as clear and concise as possible. If you have a few design skills you can use the templates proposed by the site Canva and adapt it to you.

 

And don’t forget to be 100% honest in everything you write on the cv. Don’t add information that can’t be proved, the company will find it out very quickly!