Basic rules for writing your CV

Before you start writing your CV it’s better to know a few simple and essential rules that will help you create a good, brief and well-structured CV. Keep them in mind.

  1. Be brief. Your CV shouldn’t be over one or two pages long.
  2. Use white (or light colours) paper, DinA4 format with good printing quality.
  3. Use an easy-to-read font and enough spaces.
  4. Don’t do it in hand-writing, unless it’s required by the enterprise. A printed version is better.
  5. Avoid many formats and colours. Your CV should be professional. You can use the bold format to make everything clearer and put emphasis on titles.
  6. Leave spaces between sections and write only on one side of the paper.
  7. Watch the style and avoid spelling mistakes. Use synonyms and avoid repetitions.
  8. It’s recommended not to use abbreviations.
  9. Be honest. Show your abilities, make important skills and achievements stand out, look for the good side of failures but never lie.
  10. Be positive. You don’t have the need to explain failures. Show the best of yourself, but in a brief and simple way.
  11. Remember you needn’t include documents or diplomas, unless it’s required.
  12. Always send original papers, never photocopies.
  13. If you attach a photo of yourself, it should be recent and ID size. It’s better coloured than black and white.

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MODÈLES DE CV

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