Curriculum vitae, resume, biography or just simple “CV” – an important document for every #freelancer that opens the door to your next IT project.
It is necessary to know how to write a good resume. Your CV tells your career story and you can use it to showcase your project portfolio. Together with a reference, it helps clients decide whether you are the right candidate for the project or not.
Let’s take a few minutes to learn how a proper CV should look like. We know that manuals are usually not such fun to read. But it is like following an IKEA manual, LEGO building instructions, or a book of recipes. You have to read it at least once to get it. And then it’s good to practice until you become a real “CV writing expert”.
But if you are a person who likes reading manuals, you will definitely love it. And you will come back to read this article as many times as possible.
As you write your resume, you always have to think who will read it. Usually, recruiters or sourcing specialist are those who first see a candidate’s CV. They go through many candidate profiles every day, trying to look for skills, experience and other key words.
Therefore, a structured CV is prefered where information is formatted chronologically. That means your resume contains a list of milestones/skills, beginning with the most recent skill. Such CVs are clear, well-arranged and easy to read.
A structured CV has some rules. Let’s start with the “Personal information” section. This part of CV should contain information such as:
- address (city, country)
- phone number (or SKYPE ID)
- email address
- web page / LinkedIn profile.
Don’t forget to attach a proper photo. Try to avoid pics from a party or vacation as well as photos with a disturbing background. A photo of you wearing sunglasses is not appropriate either. When choosing a photo, always remember it is going to represent you