1. Choose the job offer
All recruiters have the same requirements for a CV – the document must be relevant to the job offer. Therefore, your application must be complete and the important information must be arranged in the appropriate sections.
Please include other personal information in the resume:
- Personal and contact information – placed in the header: name, phone number, email address, and job title.
- Professional summary – a brief description of the candidate’s profile. It should be placed at the top of the resume.
- Work Experience – must include names of companies and positions, dates of employment, duties performed, and accomplishments.
- Skills – it is a good idea to divide the list of skills into soft and hard skills, listing the specialized skills of interest to the employer.
- Education – the focus of this section should be on education that is relevant to the position you are interested in or the requirements of the job offer.
- Courses, training and certifications – show the employer that you are continuing your education and have the necessary qualifications for the job.
- Interests – the ten elements that should be included in your resume, such as would work or your favorites. Interesting hobbies say a lot about a candidate.
- CV clause – consent to the processing of personal data, which is a mandatory element of a CV in Poland.
1, Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for
When writing a resume, be sure to highlight the experience and skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Duplicating and sending the same resume can give the impression of a dismissive approach to recruitment and mislead the recruiter.
2. Highlight specific skills and completed training and courses
Highlighting specific skills and completed training and courses is a great benefit of a well-prepared resume. It is a good idea to highlight the skills that are most relevant to the job in question. In the case of language skills, for example, you should state your level of proficiency, preferably supported by certificates. When describing completed courses and training, it is advisable to list first those that may be useful for the position you are applying for.
3. Use reverse chronology
A reverse chronology of events is most often used in a resume. We should start by describing the most recent work experience. The same applies to the education section, e.g. postgraduate studies should be placed before a master’s degree. It is a good idea that the reverse chronology used in the CV is consistent with our professional image on the Internet and the descriptions of our experience that we publish on sites such as LinkedIn or Goldenline.
4. A transparent document
Before sending your application, check the document carefully. Pay particular attention to typos, spelling and style errors. Other important features of a readable resume: are aesthetics in the layout of the document, neatness and clarity, as well as consistency of elements, i.e. font, spacing, etc. Recruiters need simple and readable resumes. Creative resumes, with excessive graphic embellishments are often rejected by recruiters as unreadable.
5. Include a photo
A photo is not usually required, but if included in the resume in an appropriate way, it always attracts more attention and makes the candidate more memorable. Remember that the photo should be placed in the upper right-hand corner of the resume and that it should show a competent candidate with a current appearance. Photos on a resume should be formal and elegant. Appropriate attire, hairstyle, and photo format create a first impression that may or may not lead to a one-on-one interview with an employer. Loose, casual photos, such as vacation photos or a selfie, are not acceptable.
6. Interests and hobbies
When creating a resume, this section should not be taken lightly. Leaving it blank or vague (e.g. books, sports, music) is not a good solution. For example, you could expand the section to include the specific types of books you read, and sports to include the disciplines you are most interested in. An employer will always pay more attention to people with passions and diverse interests.
7. Accuracy of contact details
Your basic personal details should be as they appear on your identity card (not using nicknames, diminutives or other names). A very important aspect of recruitment is that the candidate can be contacted by phone and email.
Therefore, please ensure that your phone number is current and accurate and that your email address is your full name.
8. Privacy clause
The privacy clause is a very important piece of information to include in the resume. The absence of this clause may render our resume useless without the possibility to participate in the further recruitment process. The privacy clause should be placed at the end of the document: “I agree to the processing of personal data contained in my CV by SMART-HR, based in Katowice, for purposes related to the recruitment process, in accordance with the Act of May 10, 2018 on the Protection of Personal Data (Journal of Laws 2018, item 1000). I also agree to share my personal data with potential employers and other entities related to the recruitment process. I have the right to access and correct my data.
9. File format and name
Professional file names for the submitted CV should include the candidate’s name and the name of the company to which he or she is sending the application. The CV file should be saved in pdf format due to the variety of text applications. This is the only way to ensure that the employer will read the resume as it is sent.
10. CV length
There is a misconceived standard that a CV should be no longer than one A4 page. As a result, candidates often make unnecessary efforts to shorten their CV. The length of a CV depends on: the profile of the company to which you are applying, your work experience and your education.