Step 4. CV • Study Association Aureus

Step 4. CV

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Your curriculum vitae literally means your life cycle. Your CV is a written overview of your experience and other qualifications for a job opportunity. Your resume is the most important document in your application process. Employers literally scan your resume in less than a minute. Within this period, you need to trigger the reader.

The main guideline for building and updating a resume contains a representation of your work experience. Similar to LinkedIn, do not only update the job titles and companies you worked for, but also describe the relevant content and responsibilities of your jobs. Do not forget to define your education, interest, and skills. Personal details, education, work experience, skills and personal characteristics are the main ingredients of a good resume. Updating your CV should be done on the basis of relevance, which can change at any time in your career. Click here for an example.

To help you by building your own CV you could use the following format to build your own CV.

Do you already have a CV? Follow the checklist below

  1. Set your resume anti-chronological. The most recent information says the most about your personal development.
  2. Focus on experiences and competencies that best suit the company and the position you are applying for.
  3. Take into account the length of your resume: try to stick to approximately two pages.
  4. Keep your layout simple. When recruiters do their selection they only scan your resume. Therefore, take care of structure and overview. Guide your cv with clear headers.
  5. Add one to three lines of information about responsibilities and tasks per individual job position.
  6. Extracurricular activities are important to mention, especially as a young graduate. Try to determine what activities are and are not relevant for the
    position you’re applying for.
  7. Be consistent in the layout of your entire CV. Make sure that margins, formatting and punctuation are the same everywhere.
  8. Save your resume as a PDF file. This way, the format of your CV will not change on different computers or laptops.
  9. Send the file as an attachment, with your own name in the filename. This prevents ambiguity when they forward your resume internally. 


Do you want personal feedback on your CV?
Upload your CV in the webform and you will get personal feedback from our professional.

“Your resume is the first impression you give to a recruiter and is, often, the basis of your first interview. Therefore, a concise and well-structured CV is essential for representing yourself during your job application period. As an HR Trainee at ING, I completed a rotation of 6 months in the campus recruitment team. During this period, CV selection was an important part of my daily tasks. I would like to share the experiences I have gained with you, to help you prepare for the selection process of your first job. Update your resume and upload it in the form below. I will look at and give feedback within two weeks.”
– Erling, HR trainee at ING

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.


Extracurricular activities? 

You may have heard that extracurricular activities are an important part of your student life. Recruiters look for students who did something “extra” next to their studies.
Looking from your perspective: your student years are one of the best opportunities you will ever get to explore new activities, try different things, and see what you’re passionate about. Inside the lecture halls of the Vrije Universiteit and outside of it, you will start to get a better idea of who you are and what drives you.
By joining one of the Aureus committees, you can add extracurriclar experience on your resume, expand your network, and potentially meet up with your future employer.

Do you need a photo on your CV or not?
In the U.S. and UK particularly there is a strong aversion to including photos in resumes. The general belief is that photos should ordinarily not be included in a resume as it will bring a focus on protected characteristics such as age, gender, ethnicity etc., and increase the chance of you being discriminated against in the short-listing process. In the Netherlands, a photo is generally seen as a useful addition to a resume. Yet this does not apply to any resume. It strongly depends on both the quality of the picture, the purpose of the resume and the preferences of the employer and the individual itself. If you choose to put a picture on your resume, make sure that it’s a good picture. A good photo is one that, of course, primarily fits you, but also the corporate culture and image of the employer you’re applying to! When in doubt, dress up a little bit more formal than usual and do not forget to smile!

Time to continue to Step 5!