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By Rozenn Perrichot | Published on 05/25/2018 – Updated on 05/29/2018

You have already applied for several announcements but your applications have never been followed up? What if it came from your resume? Here are 10 recommendations to avoid the most “classic” pitfalls, missteps, and present a well-constructed CV.


Before embarking on the complete overhaul of your CV, it is always good to keep in mind that the majority of recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds reading the CVs they receive. In other words, almost nothing. Essential, the CV is the first impression that the employer will have of you. It is the gateway to the recruitment process and will give you access to the other selection stages, if your application is relevant. It is therefore important to weigh every word when writing this document.

If you have already applied for different offers but you have not received, or very little, feedback, it means that your CV is not optimal. Or that you sent the same for each post considered. This is a first rule for a powerful CV: personalize it according to each mission and company…

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1. Different information for each position

If you have practiced the same job in several companies, there is no point in repeating the same information from one position to another. The “catalogue” effect makes reading laborious and the recruiter will not take the trouble to go into your application further. On the contrary, rather highlight these experiences by focusing on the details of your missions and by exposing your quantified successes.

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2. Sort through experiences

It is clear that it is not always easy to distinguish what is crucial from what is superfluous in a CV, and after X years of working, the risk would be to want to indicate all your experiences. Do not list any of your qualifications, skills, or projects you have worked on. Your CV would quickly become indigestible. On the contrary, make a selection of the most relevant missions corresponding to the position for which you are applying. Similarly, after a while, your summer jobs will not necessarily be of interest to the recruiter…

3. The end… first

Antichronological! Beginning to tell his professional journey by starting with the most recent experience may seem strange. But it is much more telling for the recruiter. The latest skills and experiences acquired are indeed the most telling. Especially if you have already changed positions several times during your career. Reminding him of your first job 15 years ago won’t tell him much about you. Similarly, unless you are a young, very young graduate, do not start your CV with your training but with your professional experience…

4. A thematic CV

If the antichronological CV is strongly recommended, it is sometimes wiser to opt for a thematic CV. This way of presenting one’s experiences fits perfectly with atypical profiles or those whose careers are “holes”. Rather than presenting all your experiences, then gather those that are similar or at least very close. This will give more consistency to your CV and simplify the work of the recruiter.

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5. Put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes

You don’t really know what to detail or not? Imagine yourself in the place of the recruiter reading your CV: what questions does he ask? Is the information provided relevant and sufficiently developed? Or, on the contrary, are they useless? Note: if there are “holes” in your career, tell yourself that the recruiter will notice it. Do not hesitate to explain them in your cover letter.

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6. Don’t give yourself fake skills

The temptation is often there to “inflate” the CV to differentiate yourself and show that you are made for the position, even if it means amplifying your role in the positions held, extending the duration of a mission, or assigning yourself a collective project… Beware, however, of this dangerous game which can catch the eye of the recruiter and make him doubt your honesty. So, if he were to discover this little lie, he could question the rest of your skills even if they are very real!

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7. A short and precise tone

When writing your CV, eliminate all unnecessary words and information. A good CV uses specific language that will be immediately understandable by the recruiter and will allow him to quickly identify your qualifications. Be extremely specific, especially about your technical skills, and don’t be afraid to “jargon” when it meets the knowledge requirement in the job posting. For example, the expression “Knowledge in HTML” is to be specified by a diploma obtained, a concrete professional experience or a project carried out.

In addition, favor short sentences without speaking in the first person. There is no point in writing “I was in charge of such missions”, this information is redundant to that of your job title. Finally, list the different positions you have held, indicating for each of them the date of taking office, the duration of the contract, and your mission.

8. Hobby, leisure, yes but…

Jogging, accordion, oenology… Are your hobbies really interesting for an employer? Not sure, unless you are applying at a sports store, your sports activities may be a plus. Your thirst for travel and learning foreign languages ​​also if you are looking for a job abroad. But you can easily skip this section. You can always mention them during the interview if you feel that the exchange is favorable and that the recruiter is receptive to your parallel activities.

9. References on request

No need to add “References on request” to your CV. For the recruiter it is a mention without interest. Especially since if he asks you for them, you cannot fail to provide them… Make the recruiter’s job easier: on your CV, in PDF format, make – if possible for you – Internet references to your different achievements. Certain professions obviously lend themselves more easily to the exercise: journalist, communicator, etc. But if in the Hobbies section you reported working for an association, for example, mention the name and put a link to this structure.

10. Proofread your CV

This last piece of advice may seem trivial, but reading your CV can change everything. One or more typos will discredit your application from the first reading. This error is all the more unforgivable as today, many word processing software allow automatic correction of errors. But they don’t fix everything. Also, the best is still to have your CV proofread by a third person who will no doubt notice the forgotten mistakes.

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