Marital status and contact details
The name, the city, the telephone number and the e-mail address are part of the essential information for any CV. You can then choose whether or not to add a photo, to mention your date of birth, driver’s license, marital status, nationality or even your social networks.
The personal profile
Adding a short text to introduce yourself is not systematic but it’s a good way to add a personal touch to your CV! The personal profile or personal summary of a CV consists of summarizing in a few words or sentences who you are and what your skills and objectives are, in order to present yourself to employers. In this way, it adds a personal touch to your CV and allows recruiters to know immediately what position you are looking for or what your strengths are. This kind of introduction must be catchy, in order to make recruiters want to know more about you and read your CV in its entirety! It is therefore better to favor a short hook that meets the profile sought by the employer.
Baccalaureate, Grandes Ecoles, universities… Your fields of training, your studies and your diplomas are absolutely essential elements in writing your CV. Indeed, this information, along with your professional experience, is among the most important for recruiters since it allows them to know where and how you were trained, your level of qualification and in which field(s) you are competent. The level of qualification can also have an impact on remuneration, for example.
In this section, tell recruiters more about your professional experiences, whether it’s your internships or previous jobs. In this way, recruiters will be able to get a clearer idea of your career path and the missions that have been yours during your previous jobs, and thus learn more about your skills and what you are capable of accomplishing. So remember to give concrete examples, such as the publication of a study, or figures if you have had good results in a previous company.
Indicate your skills and therefore your know-how is one of the essentials of any CV. These can be computer skills (Excel, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) but also know-how, skills or activities learned or that you master and which can be developed. This may be the ability to model 3D models, for example, to make moldings or to operate a crane. In any case, these skills must make it possible to show recruiters that you are capable of carrying out specific missions, which distinguish you from other candidates!
Without necessarily being bilingual, languages are a major asset in the job search and must therefore appear in the CV. English, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese… If English is the most common language, the other foreign languages that one masters can be a serious asset for one’s application and make it possible to stand out from other candidates. . Remember to indicate your level, with honesty, for each of them!
Interests and hobbies
If you have one or more passions, you can absolutely mention them on your CV! This will allow recruiters to learn a little more about your personality and set you apart from other candidates for the same position. We recommend that you indicate a maximum of four hobbies, so as not to overload your CV. Those you choose must therefore be of particular interest and be a real asset for the position in question. To stand out from other applicants, choose passions that are special and show your personality.
Others can of course be added to these “classic” headings.
It’s not just professional experience that counts in a CV. If you are the treasurer of a sports association, you are involved in a humanitarian organization or you practice mountaineering at a high level, say so! Just like your professional experiences or your centers of interest, these activities highlight your skills and allow you to learn more about your personality.
Have you started an art history course, in a carpentry workshop or have you learned new skills online, on the internet, thanks to MOOCs? Say it in your resume! These courses broaden your skill set and show recruiters that you are curious and ready to learn new things. This will only please them!
Internships are a professional experience in their own right and, if you are entering the job market, it may be a good idea to create a section dedicated to them. If you have already completed several internships, it is important, as is the case for any professional experience, to mention only those who have a real interest in the position in question.
Mentioning your professional objective on your CV informs recruiters about your aspirations, the career choices you would like to make and what your professional goals are. And that proves that you have ambition!
References consist of giving the contact details of former professional contacts so that recruiters can contact them to verify your information but above all to find out about your qualities and skills and find out what experience it was to work with you. In this way, recruiters will also know a little more about your personality!