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DOs

  • ✔ Include 7 sections in your CV: header, profile, work experience, skills & achievements, education, additional information, and references.
  • ✔ Ensure your CV is no more than 2 pages. Unlike in France, you can exceed 1 page.
  • ✔ Use active verbs wherever possible to present yourself as a person who shows initiative.
  • ✔ Read the job description fully to ensure your CV is targeted to the role.
  • ✔ Take a look at the English CV template on our website.

DON'Ts

  • ✘ Don’t make spelling or grammar mistakes in your CV. Use a spell checker and enlist a second pair of eyes to proofread it.
  • ✘ Avoid eccentricity and originality. Create something professional, clear and easy to read: Arial or Times New Roman with font size 11 to 12, for instance.
  • ✘ Don’t lie or exaggerate on your CV or job application.

DOs

  • ✔ Include your full name, email address, mobile number (international format), link to your LinkedIn profile and current location (city and country in brackets).

DON'Ts

  • ✘ Don’t include a photograph, your home address, date of birth or other private data.
  • ✘ Don’t use an email address which sounds unprofessional. If your personal address is not appropriate, create a new account to use professionally.

DOs

  • ✔ Write an elevator pitch: a concise statement that highlights your key attributes or reasons for deciding to work in a particular field.
  • ✔ Mention your background and your expectations, and pick out a few relevant achievements and skills, while articulating your career aims.

DON'Ts

  • ✘ Don’t be longer than 100 words, get straight to the point.

DOs

  • ✔ List and date your experience in reverse chronological order, making sure that anything you mention is relevant to the job.
  • ✔ Specify the sector of the company in brackets.
  • ✔ List the responsibilities and assignments of each position with bullet points (4-5 bullet points for an ‘entry level’ role and more than 5 for ‘senior level’).

DON'Ts

  • ✘ Don’t write overly long sentences.

DOs

  • ✔ Mention your languages and specify your level (Basic – Intermediate – Fluent – Advanced – Bilingual/Mother tongue).
  • ✔ Include your relevant IT skills for the job.
  • ✔ Specify your certifications and licences.

DON'Ts

  • ✘ Don’t put your soft skills (e.g. autonomous or multitasker).

DOs

  • ✔ List and date your previous education in reverse chronological order.
  • ✔ Specify the country.

DON'Ts

  • ✘ Don’t list details.

DOs

  • ✔ Mention your hobbies and interests that can provide a more rounded picture of who you are and give you something to talk about during the interview (e.g. being part of a drama group if you’re looking for a sales position).
  • ✔ Specify the type of movies you enjoy watching or the kind of literature you read (e.g. historical novels, sci-fi movies).

DON'Ts

  • ✘ Avoid ‘socialising, reading and going to the cinema’ which won’t catch the attention of the recruiter.

DOs

  • ✔ State ‘References available upon request.’

DON'Ts

  • ✘ Don’t need to provide the names of references.

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