A winning CV showcases your professional record and is clear, precise, attractive and impeccable in its presentation. It is addressed to a recruiter, an HR officer or directly to a CEO and its aim is to highlight what you are able to do in order to secure an interview. A recruiter will form a first impression in 30 seconds. If your CV is attention-grabbing, the recruiter will spend two minutes reading it.

So it's essential to use a very direct style and carefully structure your information.

When you are preparing it, try to put yourself in the place of the reader… the reader who doesn't know you. What would the reader think of you?

The content

In a few lines and broad strokes, it should provide:

  • your personal data

  • your professional record

  • your education

  • your language skills

  • your computer skills

If you wish, you can add:

  • your non-work related activities

  • your references

  • a photo

  • your notice period

  • the target salary

The structure

The CV can be written in two different formats:

  • Reverse chronological

  • Thematic

The CV almost always contains the same sections, but its content will vary based on the industry in which you work and/or your work record.
An accountant's CV will not be the same as that of a worker in the agribusiness sector. The recruiter's expectations of these two profiles will differ, even if the people are employed by the same company.