Success of a curriculum

Writing a curriculum is also a form of personal development. Being a Business Card par excellence, it must meet certain criteria to captivate the potential employer.

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Issue Mozambique - Volume 1 On May 22, 2016

The success of a curriculum

Writing a curriculum is also a form of personal development. Being a Business Card par excellence, it must meet certain criteria to captivate the potential employer.

The curriculum (CV) is a business card for those who are looking for new professional challenges. Giving a first impression of the candidate, it should be an objective document containing personal data, as well as professional experience and training. It must have a simple structure, be organized and, above all, be arranged in a way it increases the chances of the candidate of being called for an interview.

As the CV presents a history of academic and professional career, it should be simple and have the strengths highlighted without having too many details, which may be provided during any interview.

All CV information must be contained in the areas clearly indicated, such as “Personal Data”, “Training”, “Professional Experience”, “Notes” in order to facilitate reading. It should preferably be written with active verbs (get, do, lead, etc.) to emphasize the speech. Attention must be given to spelling and grammatical errors, so you should read the CV before sending it and, if necessary, ask someone to read it, since errors may go unnoticed and you can even get suggestions on how to improve it.

In the area where professional experience is specified, the current job should come first followed by previous jobs in chronological order. The dates on jobs at each company should be included and the important achievements highlighted. If relevant for the job, indicate the knowledge of languages and computer skills.

It should above all strive for honesty, providing true information. It is wrong to include academic education that was not completed or increase the effective time of work in a company. Sooner or later these “little white lies” are discovered and the consequences will certainly not be pleasant.

In total, the document must have at most three pages and, if that is desired, a page for references. However, check the references to indicate, it is possible to include a person who has changed jobs and contacts.

As for the graphic aspect, there are no strict rules. There are several models (Functional CV, Chronological CV, European CV) by which one can choose or even use one’s own style.


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