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10 must-have tips for creating an impeccable, effective CV

When you’re looking for a job, your Curriculum Vitae, more commonly known as your CV, becomes your business card and your professional showcase. This essential document will be asked for time and time again, as it will tell us a lot about you, your skills and your experience.

Your CV is much more than just a list of information: it will give future employers a first impression of you and your profile. Are you going through a recruitment process and want to give yourself every chance of being hired quickly? Here are 10 essential tips to maximize the effectiveness of your CV.


1. Opt for a visually striking layout

First impressions count for a lot. To capture the attention of recruiters, it’s crucial to present a visually legible and attractive CV. We therefore strongly advise you to use layout software such as Word, PowerPoint or online tools like Canva to design an aesthetically pleasing and professional CV. On Canva.com you’ll find free templates that you can easily adapt, even if you’re not an IT pro. Be sure to use a legible font, harmonize colors and space text correctly for optimum readability.


2. Give it a catchy title

The title of your CV is the first thing recruiters will see. We recommend that you indicate the position you are applying for, followed by two qualities specific to your profile. For example, if you’re aiming for a position as a house painter, add a personal touch and list a title like “House painter with experience, specializing in remodeling.” This immediately gives you a clear idea of your candidacy.


3. Structure your CV appropriately

The structure of your CV is crucial if recruiters are to find the information they need quickly. To do this, we recommend that you divide your CV into clear, relevant sections, such as: marital status and contact details, education (studies completed, diplomas obtained…), work experience (internships, fixed-term contracts, permanent contracts, temporary assignments…), interests and computer or technical skills. Make sure each section is distinct and easy to locate.

If you have a lot of training, professional experience and skills to your credit, we recommend that you select and indicate only those that are relevant to your target job offer.


4. Sort your professional experience

The order of professional experience counts. It’s a good idea to list your previous jobs from most recent to oldest. Don’t forget to add the start and end dates of each job, if possible. This gives recruiters a clear picture of your career path and your progress over time. In this space, you can indicate any type of experience: internship, work-study program, apprenticeship, fixed-term contract, permanent contract, temporary assignment… always provided that this experience is consistent with the job offer for which you are applying.


5. Highlight your diplomas and certifications

In addition to your experience, highlight your relevant diplomas, certifications, authorisations and training. This may include qualifications such as the CACES (Certificat d’Aptitude à la Conduite En Sécurité) or the CE permit. By showing that you have the necessary skills and qualifications, you strengthen your candidacy.


6. Use keywords from the job posting

Every job offer contains specific keywords that recruiters are looking for. Adapt your CV to include these keywords. This will increase your chances of being spotted by the applicant tracking systems (ATS) and passing the first stage of selection.


7. Integrate quantitative results

In the “Professional experience” section, don’t just list your previous positions and assignments. Highlight concrete quantitative results. For example, if you helped increase your department’s sales by +20% over a one-year period, mention it. These figures give credibility to your skills and demonstrate your added value. If you have professional experience in the building and civil engineering sector, for example, you can indicate the number of jobs you have completed for your former company.


8. Limit your CV to one page, remaining transparent and honest.

A CV must be concise. Recruiters look at many CVs, so keep yours short and succinct. Limit yourself to a single page, carefully selecting the most relevant information to include. This demonstrates your ability to synthesize information and focus on the essentials. Also, as mentioned above, the CV reflects your profile and part of who you are. Lying about your diplomas and training would therefore be very bad for you, because trust and transparency are crucial in the recruitment process.


9. Insert a professional photo

You don’t have to include a photo on your CV. However, if you decide to wear one, then we advise you to adopta professional outfit, posture and attitude taken against a neutral, plain background that will reflect your seriousness. So avoid inserting a photo taken during your leisure time, such as at the beach on your last vacation.


10. Take care with spelling

We strongly advise you to take care with the spelling on your CV. Mistakes are quickly noticed and can give your profile a bad name. If you’re having trouble with writing and spelling, we suggest you get help from a friend or family member, an association or even websites like bonpatron.com, which can correct your writing.


By following these ten tips, you’ll be able to create a CV that not only showcases your professional achievements, but also attracts the attention of recruiters. A polished, effective CV is a major asset in your job search.

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