Day 9 - CV Do's & Don'ts For Each Country...

 

30 day challenge cv dos and dont's

You are almost ready to dive deep into your job search but first, you need to familiarise yourself with The Dos and Don'ts of Your CV: what works and what doesn't! When it comes to writing your CV, appearance is key! A CV that is untidy, disorganised and too long is extremely offputting to recruiters and hiring managers. Although your experience may be incredible, the appearance of your CV could be damaging the chances of your CV being read by the recruiter. 

To get started with your CV, let's have a look at the common CV Do's and Don'ts... Later we will get into the country specifics!

Do's and Dont's

The Do's 

  • Keep It Concise: use keywords and bullet points and only include relevant and valuable information. You don't have a lot of space to sell yourself so keep it relevant. 
  • Use The Reverse-Chronological Resume Format: In most of Europe, Recruiters want to see your most recent experience at the top, this helps them to see what you did last and from there they can continue reading your past experiences, qualifications and skills
  • Keep it neat and well-formatted: A neat, well-formatted CV will be a lot more appealing to a recruiter and should hopefully encourage them to continue reading. 
  • Use a professional font style and size: Use a clear, professional font such as Arial, Tahoma, Century Gothic, Times New Roman etc. These fonts are easy for the recruiter read and stick to a font size of 12. This makes the recruiter's life easier. 

The Don'ts

  • Include too much irrelevant information: Keep your CV relevant to the job you are applying for, you don't want to bore the recruiter, 
  • Forget to update your contact details: This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, you may have a WINNING resume but if the recruiter has no way to contact you - what's the use!
  • Add too many colours and distractions: Although it is nice to think outside the box and to make your CV stand out. There's a thin line between adding your own personal touch through one or two colours and adding too many distractions and loud colours. As we mentioned, your CV needs to look neat and well-formatted or the recruiter will avoid it.
  • Make your CV longer than 2 pages: There's absolutely no use waffling on and adding unnecessary text just to make your CV longer. The more concise the better, stick to a 2-page maximum - depending on how experienced you are, sometimes one page is best to keep your experience relevant! 

 

Country Specifics

Although these rules apply to most if not all European countries, it's important to check what is expected in the country you are in or plan on moving to.

Different countries have different rules and expectations and it's important to familiarise yourself with these to increase your chances of employment in your dream destination! 

 

Spain, Portugal & Greece

  • CV length? 1-2 pages

  • Include a photograph of yourself? Yes

  • Include personal information? (Age/Exact Location) Yes

  • Arrange your CV in reverse chronological order with the relevant, recent experiences at the top, followed by qualifications and then education. 

 

Germany, Holland & Belgium

  • CV length? 1-2 pages

  • Include a photograph of yourself? Yes

  • Include personal information? (Age/Exact Location) Yes 

  • Arrange your CV in reverse chronological order with education first, followed by qualifications and then work experience. 

 

United Kingdom

  • CV length? 1-2 pages

  • Include a photograph of yourself? No

  • Include personal information? (Age/Exact Location) No

  • Arrange your CV in reverse chronological order with the relevant, recent experiences at the top, followed by qualifications and then education. 

 

Scandinavia:  Norway, Sweden, Finland & Denmark

  • CV length? 1-2 pages

  • Include a photograph of yourself? Yes

  • Include personal information? (Age/Exact Location) No

  • Arrange your CV in reverse chronological order with the relevant, recent experiences at the top, followed by qualifications and then education. 

 

If your country isn't on here, don't panic! Have a look at these country-specific examples to see what is accepted in your destination. 

When you feel as though your CV is ready to send, we highly recommend using a CV review service for a second (expert) opinion. You will receive valuable feedback on the look of your CV, the content and the overall format. Using a CV review service will give you the added confidence and security you need to kickstart your job search!

 

Next up, we need to make sure your Social Media is as ready as you are! Social Media plays a huge part in the recruitment process and whether a recruiter decides to proceed with your application or not, so let's make sure you are ready to go. Come back tomorrow for our Social Media Job Search tips! 

 

This content is kindly sponsored by Concentrix.


Am working on my CV. It didn't have a phograph in line with the country I wish to relocate. Thank you for the update.

posted 2 months ago by Domitilah


I have made a CV. It doesn´t need major changes but slight details.

posted 3 months ago by Nathaly


I have made a CV. It doesn´t need major changes but slight details.

posted 3 months ago by Nathaly


I put my photo to the Cv and arrange the order of my information into my Cv. Thank you for the tips:)

posted 3 months ago by Ece


working on y CV appearance now!

posted 3 months ago by Olga


Very useful tips !

posted 3 months ago by Zlatko


Very clear insight into what a cv should look like.

posted 3 months ago by Milica


Good tips!

posted 3 months ago by Patric


Extremely useful tips! A lot of work in adapting my CV to it.

posted 3 months ago by Julia


Extremely useful tips! A lot of work in adapting my CV to it.

posted 3 months ago by Julia