How to write a CV?

If you haven’t written a CV in a long time or simply want to refresh your application that you made several years ago and until now have only been updating with your new experiences, this is the right place for you. We’ll tell you about most important rules regarding writing your curriculum vitae, as well as what is no longer cool in the recruitment world.

Start with considering on which positions are you planning to apply for, as well as think about what skills that you have can be most desired by the recruiters looking for employees. Perhaps there is something that makes you stand out among other Candidates - knowledge of a less popular language, experience in implementing rarely used computer program, ability to build certain structure from scratch. It’s all worth determining before you start writing your CV and then being underlined, e.g. through bold font.

Once you know what makes you a special Candidate you can start writing - and we will help you with that. First choose the right graphic template on which you want to create your document. You can choose among ready templates that you’ll find in every version of MS Word, use the CV generator (about which you can read more in the “useful tools” tab) or create your own and completely unique pattern using one of the popular graphic programs (e.g. Canva). Remember that your application shouldn’t be too colorful, it can distract attention from your experience. Avoid coloring all background or empty spaces - remember that your document should look esthetic not only on the computer, but also after printing - and holding dirty, wet from ink paper in your hand is no pleasure.

Graphic template has been picked, so we can proceed with action. First fill in your contact details (and check a few times if you haven’t made a typo in the e-mail address or phone number). You don’t have to give your full home address, but typing in your city will help increase chances that you will get selected offers from your region. If you’re open to relocation it’s worth mentioning it in the CV. Remember to never give your PESEL number, it’s also better if you don’t write information about your personal life (marital status, number of children etc.).

Let’s move on to the section titled “Education” - here you should put in information about what school/college/university you’ve finished, with name of the course you took and obtained title (Engineer, Master etc.). If you don’t have higher education just write your latest place of education, e.g. high school. Don’t write all schools that you have been a student of, starting with primary school.

Now’s the most important thing: your experience. While writing your CV you must be aware that the potential Employer might verify accuracy of information that you put in your application. Make sure that everything you write is true. Fill in names of Employers, positions that you had with dates of employment (most companies understand “dates of employment” not only as years in which you were connected to a certain Employer, but also months), starting with the most recent/current place of employment. Description of range of duties is just as important, make sure to write about a couple of most crucial tasks you had to perform on certain positions.

Where to put information about certificates or courses? You can either create a separate section dedicated for that or just write it below headline “Additional information”.

If you want to put your photo in the CV make sure that it’s formal. Such photo should have a plain background and you should be wearing a business outfit in it. Avoid putting photo that shows you wearing heavy make-up, being with someone else or a photo that has been made in a beautiful, yet completely unrelated to your work scenery (e.g. photo from holiday - at a beach or from friend’s wedding). If you don’t have the right photo, don’t worry about it. Lack of photo should not influence recruiter’s interest in your application.

Now all you have to do is put (preferably at the bottom of the page) current RODO clause:

“I agree to the processing of personal data provided in this document for realising the recruitment process pursuant to the Personal Data Protection Act of 10 May 2018 (Journal of Laws 2018, item 1000) and in agreement with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation)”.

Before you start sending your CV to Employers, show it to somebody from your family or friends, let them verify if there aren’t any typos. Remember to send your document in the PDF format - thanks to that you can be sure that your CV will always look the way you want it to.

You can send your ready CV to us and all the Employers that have caught your attention.

Good Luck!

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