How to write a good resume?
The CV is an essential document for anyone who wishes to find a first or a new job, regardless of the field and the desired sector of activity.
The curriculum vitae is a tool used to introduce you to your future employer. It contains all the important details about you on a professional level. A well-written CV will include, among other things, your past work experiences, your academic training, your skills, your references and more depending on the type of job you are looking for.
10-trucs.com offers you below a guide full of tips, tricks and practical advice to make the best CV there is!
1. What to put in a CV?
Before moving on to practical tips and tricks for writing a resume, here is what you absolutely must write in a resume:
Important sections to put in a CV:
- Personal information (surname and first name, address, telephone number, email, etc.)
- Academic training (name of educational institutions, level of education, diplomas and certificates obtained, etc.)
- Work experience (name and place of work, job title and position, start and end date of employment, etc.)
- Skills related to the job (list the skills acquired during previous jobs and in connection with the desired new job)
- Other relevant information (spoken and written languages, computer knowledge, professional association, achievements, etc.)
- Interests and hobbies (sports activity and hobby that you practice and enjoy)
- References (a former employer, an outstanding teacher, someone you worked with, etc.)
2. What to write in a first CV… Without work experience?
Finding a first job is not always easy since you have no work experience. So how do you write a resume if you’ve never had a job before?
- Talk about your internship experiences, both professionally and academically
- Talk about your volunteer experience and the tasks accomplished
- Talk about your initiatives in the sports, school or cultural fields, for example.
Of course, you must also write the other information usually present in a curriculum vitae. Whether it’s your personal information, your academic training, your interests, in short everything we talked about a little earlier in point 1.
3. Practical advice for writing a good CV
Here are some practical tips and tricks to help you do your CV well:
- Pay attention to the length of the CV : a CV should never be longer than two pages. It must mention the essential and avoid too long and too useless details.
- short sentences : to be read until the end avoid too long paragraphs and favor short sentences.
- Important information in bold : when you write dates or names of employers, for example, you can put them in bold to emphasize the detail in question. Be careful not to exaggerate, however, only the important elements.
- Write action verbs : action verbs such as act, create, manage, etc., are words that describe your qualities and strengths in a job.
- Clearly delimit the sections of the CV : it is important to clearly separate the different sections of your curriculum in order to facilitate understanding and research by your future employer.
- A good spelling : the CV must be clear and easy to understand. No need to wow the gallery with too rich words and expressions. Keep a good vocabulary all the same, but do not force the note. Don’t forget to have your document corrected before submitting it to the companies.
- A good timeline : It is important to order well and therefore to enter the information chronologically, starting with the most recent.
4. Write and attach a cover letter to the CV
The cover letter is a document that you will attach to your CV and which allows you to brag in a way in order to obtain the desired job. This cover letter is an opportunity for you to indicate to the employer your qualities and skills in relation to the coveted job position.
If you have written this cover letter well, the employer should want to continue reading with the curriculum vitae and possibly set up an appointment for an interview. We will not go into the details of the cover letter but here are some important points to put:
- Name of the person to address the letter to you
- Where did you find out about the job offer
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this job (your qualities and skills in relation to the job)
- Thank you for taking care to read you
- Polite formula to finish and do not forget to sign the letter
10 Tips is currently working on a new article that will detail all the information and steps needed to write the cover letter. We’ll share the link right here once it’s over.
5. Create an online CV… It’s free!
There are several websites and web portals that you can use to make a resume online absolutely free. It usually only takes a few minutes to create a real resume.
Some services are completely free from start to finish and others offer additional resume creation options and templates with the purchase of a subscription. Here are some websites that help with online CV creation:
MyCV.com : This site allows you to quickly and free create a resume using different resume templates. There is also a paid option that allows you to have more CV templates and other options to further customize your document. An option on the site even allows you to send your CV to recruiters and employers.
Canva.com : Who does not know the popular site to create visuals and graphic elements absolutely free? Well Canva also allows you to make your own personalized and free CV. There are several free resume templates and paid ones. Just go to Find a template and search for the word CV to see all the free and paid templates available.
Createuncv.com : Another website that allows you to download hundreds of free resume templates. You’ll find classic, modern, business resume templates and more designer resume templates.