Tips for a good CV (Résumé)

  1. Keep it simple: Use the résumé to highlight your strengths without extending too much on the details. You can always extend the information later on if you've been invited for an interview. Consider: A résumé is nothing more than a brief outline of your education, work experience and your interests.
  2. Use a reverse chronological order: Start with your current job or project and go back in time. Mention the name of the client or the project including the start and end dates. Mention also your role and a short description of the work performed. The further you go back in time, the less details!
  3. Show what your hands-on experience is: Specially in ICT  résumés, it is important to include a section on experience. This section has to describe your experience in different branches. For example: Programming languages, OS, databases...
  4. Do not be too modest and show what you have accomplished: Use sentence like: I managed, acquired, completed, led, was responsible. Be concise.
  5. Be honest: No further expanantion required.
  6. Create a clear and well structured document: Provide a neat and legible résumé without aggressive colors. The client must be able to find important information quickly.
  7. Review thoroughly the gramma and spelling of your résumé: Typos and grammatical sloppiness say something about you! Make a clear choice and write your CV either in English or in Dutch. Make sure it is consistent.
  8. References: Mention positive references, but inform these people so they know upfront that they might receive a phone call.