“I’ve dreamed of a revolution. I’ve dreamed of a School, which ‘remembers’ that the ‘dream’ is the most concrete thing that exists. I’ve dreamed of a new generation of leaders, capable of harmonising Ethics and Economics, Action and Contemplation, Financial power and Love.”
Taking a glimpse into the careers of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs we find a common trend that exists between them all – they are compelled to do something they love, creating something they believe in, living the life of The Dreamer, with purpose and passion.
With motivation, focus and hard work, today’s generation of business and management students’ can define and obtain their professional dream, however to thrive within a competitive global economy, creating an impressive CV is paramount. Writing a powerful Curriculum Vitae provides the hiring personnel valuable information into a potential employees academic and professional achievements, while giving insight into how an individual’s experience will transcend to further enhance their business.
Usually composed of two pages, a CV is a detailed synopsis with your work experience, qualifications, skills, personal information and normally including a brief personal statement with your future career goals. A clear, well written CV can give you a cutting edge against other applicants.
The European School of Economics, with 6 locations, stands out as offering superior programmes aimed to build the social, intercultural and professional experience of each student and pave a pathway into landing their dream career. ESE is proud to offer it’s future graduates and both current/ potential students a list of 5 ways to build a CV masterpiece highlighting what businesses are seeking within an ideal candidate.
5 Important Tips for a Competitive CV
Formatting: Presentation is key. Spending the time to ensure that your CV looks professional will guarantee a review from a potential employer. To simply phrase it, one needs to create a balance between the content being listed. Too much text can seem distracting however, not enough text can suggest you have nothing to offer. Additionally, pay close attention to consistency throughout your CV; for example, if you bold one title, all others should be bold as well. Organizing line breaks and proper margins will also help to create concise blocks of information making it a smoother and easier read. Lastly, pronouns such as “me” or “I” should never be used.
Proofread for Spelling & Grammar mistakes: No matter what you have accomplished in your educational and professional career, if you have multiple spelling or grammar mistakes printed on a CV, you’ve just given another applicant a shot at your dream career. Having these detail-oriented mishaps show an employer qualities of laziness and incompetence. It is imperative to proofread your CV multiple times, while asking someone else to check it can help spot mistakes that you may have missed.
Use Buzzwords: When recruiters browse through piles of endless CVs, they’re seeking keywords that not only standout but also match the job description. Including relevant “buzzwords” will grab their immediate attention. Research the company’s website and look for any company goals listed that might potentially fit nicely within your realm of experience and make sure to include them in the descriptions of your background.
Be Creative: The goal of an effective CV is to make it stand out from the crowd while maintaining a high level of professionalism. It should show employers that you know how to effectively harness your creativity to help an organization succeed. Use colors, or add a personal logo if you have one. If you’re a graphic designer, think about ways you can demonstrate that skill. If you’re an illustrator, consider using one of your drawings in the resume. A fashion designer might include a design sketch. No matter what profession, include a link to an online portfolio of your work. Remember, a CV has to catch the employer’s attention and create an interest to bring you in for an interview.
Relate your CV to the Company to which you are applying: Due to the high level of competition generic CV’s do not make an impression. This approach can work to some extent but it is not worth the risk of losing an opportunity for a position you are passionate about. Take the time to analyse the position and the company and adjust your CV accordingly to highlight the skills specifically requested. Also, using your academic and career history try to demonstrate the skills and experience you will bring to the position, with quantitive and qualitative facts.