The Anatomy of the CV
Different kinds of CVs
Professional experience: Here you can look at your work experience, even dating it back to your internships with the intention to fill it up with more information. Here´s where you can divide curriculums into different kinds:
Cronologically: You start listing from your oldest job to the latest one (1995-2000, 2000, current job)
Inverted: This one goes backwards, starting with your current job and going to the oldest one (current job, 2000, 1995-2000)
Functional: Takes into consideration the different kind of jobs you have performed instead of doing a cronological resume. Ideal for people that have performed many different roles.
By project: This lets the company know what tasks you´ve been called upon to perform in, letting the employer know what they can get.
Tip: I encourage using the inverted resume because this gives the employer know about your most recent position and job you´re currently performing. It also helps because they can go and see if your past positions also fit with what they want. You can also list your past responsabilities from past jobs and the tools you used in order to perform them.
Make that CV shine
Courses and certifications: Any complimentary information that goes along with the requirements from the employer can be described and listed here to give something extra and stand out.
Tip: This helps you get your resume a little stronger.
How can I make my CV get to the right people?
There are four different ways to get your Curriculum Vitae to the possible employer:
Job Bank: Being registered to them(OCC, Computrabajo, Indeed) gives the employers access to your information, this way if they´re interested in your experience they can contact you via message or a phone call and this way starting the recruiting process.
Applying: You can go with job banks, Facebook, Linkedin, or anywhere you´ve seen a job offer posted. With the employers information you can reach out to them so they can contact you.
Referral: You can be referred to a job by another prospect that maybe didn´t fill all the proper requirements for a job. They can give you the tip to apply to a certain place.
Linkedin: Because of my professional experience, I think this might be the most effective way to apply for a job, because you basically have a Curriculum Vitae preview posted on your profile, so you can get a proposal that way from an employer and starting the process.
Tip: Depending on what you´re looking for, you might want to try a new path or you´re open to new opportunities, you can let let them know on your Linkedin account; you can also apply to different options that may come up at the job bank. This will give you an edge, as you won´t have to wait to be discovered.
So tell me, is this really important?
A Curriculum Vitae is a very important tool to sell your services to a possible employer. I see it as I see menu at a restaurant, because we go ahead and take a look at it and see if there´s anything that we might want to get. Now once we tried it, we can see a result. By that, I mean that we can take a look at the Curriculum Vitae and if we see something that interests us, we can make a phone call and reach out to the prospect. Always keeping in mind that depending on the results from the hiring process, which you may also end up being rejected, it´s important to keep in mind that you´re not the only prospect, if you didn´t get the job it doesn´t mean you aren´t good enough it just means there was someone who was a better fit for that certain position.