Writing a good CV. Rostislav Titov, CERN. Why?. Typical selection process. 150 candidates applied. 30 candidates selected for testing. 10 candidates interviewed. 1 person gets the job. Conclusions. Your CV should really stand out outstanding CV shows your talent and motivation
Writing a good CV
Rostislav Titov, CERN
Typical selection process
30 candidates selected for testing
10 candidates interviewed
1 person gets the job
Your challenge: writing a CV that would impress a recruiter in 20 seconds and will be among the 20% of not rejected ones.
I improved the work process …
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A funny e-mail address could ruin your CV
“A regional branch employee looking for a job in the headquarters decided to show his sense of humour and knowledge of Russian classics by starting his CV with: "Милый дедушка Константин Макарыч, сделай божецку милость - забери меня отсюда..." (Dear grandfather, Konstantin Makaritch, for Christ's sake, I beg you, take me away – A. Chekhov).
P.S. Refused. We have too many clowns already.”
You are expected to be…
“A good team player, self-organized and highly motivated, is looking for an interesting well-remunerated job”
Not perceived well
This summary is a waste of space and is counterproductive
“A J2EE developer with over 7 years of experience in writing and supporting large-scale software in multinational teams. Lead architect of a corporate Java-based system (16’000+ users).”
Vacancy: “An international company is looking for a J2EE developer for maintaining and developing a corporate recruitment system”.
Including power resume words increases chance of getting hired by 80%!
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“Hobbies: computer games, hacking web sites”
This is how recruiters look at your CV
Java. Over 7 years of experience (J2EE/Spring/GWT/Hibernate). Lead developer of a large corporate Java-based system. Designed robust, durable and scalable web applications used by thousands of persons worldwide and available on 24/7 basis. Developed a billing application (1500 users) using Spring/GWT architecture. Improved system maintainability by rewriting it with Hibernate.
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No one called… Perhaps I shouldn’t have sent my CV in CorelDraw format?
“Your first impression isn't made with a firm handshake – it's with a Google search”