How to write a good CV and how to read it well

How to write a good CV and how to read it well

Published on: 09 Oct 2018

A CV is usually the first form of contact between a recruiter and a candidate. Unlike a conversation face to face, it gives a very limited chance of introducing oneself. A candidate has to learn how to show their most important qualities in such a limited form and an employer has to learn how to read between lines to get to know if a potential employee would be the best option for the company. Axamo specialists offer recruitment help with all aspects of engineering recruitment. Candidates can make use of our free consultation when we help with writing CV in order to make it professional and effective. Reading a CV well is the other side of the equation, which is necessary to avoid choosing weak candidates. In this article you can read a few guidelines from Axamo specialists for both sides: candidates sending CV and employers reading them.

How to write a good CV

Recruiters receive a lot of CVs. There are few job positions for which there is almost no competition to get a job. Candidates frequently complain that recruiters spend too little time for each job application. Unfortunately, such a time limit can be a necessity taking into account the number of CVs to look through. That's why distinguishing your CV from the other ones is crucial. How to do it? The best way is highlighting the most important sections such as experience and skills. Be as specific as possible. List not only your duties in previous jobs but also your achievements (using numbers if it's possible). A good practice in creating CV is writing a professional summary on the top of it, which summarises your experience and career objectives. This is your chance to make a good first impression. Don't waste it!

Focus on the requirements of your potential employer and limit unnecessary information such as work experience not connected with the job position you apply for to a minimum. It's a common myth that a CV should be as long as possible. Recruiters don't have enough time to read everything. You had better write the most important things.

How to read a CV

Lies in a CV are real scourges for recruiters. Sometimes it's difficult to verify the accuracy of the information placed there. That's why you can easily make a mistake choosing candidates for interview. How to read a CV well to find important information quickly and verify the lies? We can give you a few tips on it.

At first, you should assess the general impression of a CV. Is it readable and organised? Is it free of any grammatical and literal errors? If your first impression is good, it means that the candidate made an effort to get a job.

It's also recommended to decide what are the most important skills for you and search for them in a CV. The process of reading application documents will be easier and faster.

Remember to assess the quality of studies and courses, finished by a candidate. Different universities can vary in the level and quality of education.

When you look at the experience section, you should focus on specific achievements and assess the level of  stability of a candidate. When they change an employer very often, it can be a bad sign.