When you apply for a job, a hiring manager will review your profile to find out more about who you are, and what skills and work experience you bring to the table. That’s why an up-to-date CV is essential to set you apart from other applicants and increase your chances of being hired.
Here are a few tips to help you write a CV that makes you stand out from the crowd:
Keep it short and to the point
A CV should detail your work experience. Especially since our team will review your CV to verify your experience and validate your job profiles. (The only exception being highly demanded novice job profiles, like waitstaff, cleaners or couriers.)
Hiring managers should also be able to understand your career history at a glance/ Remember there are no job interviews so you won’t have the chance to chat to them face to face.
Finally, your CV shouldn’t be any longer than the usual 2 pages. We recommend you use headers and bullet points to make it easy for hiring managers to scan through.
Your most recent work experience should come first
Make sure your CV is up-to-date and always starts with your most recent position. If you have just graduated and have no work experience, start with your most recent education or most recent volunteer experience.
Use the nominal form
For example, instead of “I dug and put concrete on foundations”, use “digging and putting concrete on foundations”. If you need help with this, you can find support and inspiration on career websites like Scout24.ch.
Explain your tasks as precisely as possible, but try to keep them short
First mention the company, then your position and finally your tasks. Be as precise as necessary, but don't overdo it and make sure the description isn’t too long. Managers can always ask you for clarification if something isn’t detailed enough for them.
For example, you could describe a role as follows: “I delivered goods to customers, and loaded and unloaded groceries for them. I also checked orders, and maintained and serviced lorries.” But it’s better to write: “Loaded, unloaded and delivered customer goods, checked orders, and looked after and maintained trucks.”
Also, keep in mind that honesty is key. State your achievements but stay modest. It’s advisable not to “lay it on too thick” on your CV.
Check spelling and grammar
Mistakes on your CV have a negative impact on your application. Once you’ve finished writing your CV, ask someone to reread it again for you. Or use an online spell checker or the spell-check tool in Word.
Your CV should stand out from the crowd – but, of course, in a positive way. To be more easily readable, your CV should be laid out in tabular form. Also, remember to include your contact details and a professional photo at the top. HR departments receive countless CVs every day, so if yours stands out, this definitely gives you an advantage.