CV Design for Industry

How to Design your CV for the Industry – From a Recruiter’s Perspective

  • What is the difference between an academic CV and an industry CV?
  • Can I write a CV that’s 4-pages long?
  • When should I write a résumé?

Make them understand what you want to do, not what you have already done

In this seminar you will learn the most important differences between an academic CV compared to an industrial designed CV or Resume. Whereas the academic CV desicribes your academic merits such as academic positions, titles, honor & awards, publications, administration and teaching the indistrial CV must be designed using indistrial thermonology in the job area you are interested in. In addition, the digital world controlled by ATS (Application Tracking Systems) and algoritms eg LinkedIn are driving the digital CV selection process towrads a skill and job title selection. As a result, it is necessary to tailor and “skills-design” your CVs towards specific job ads.

By constructing a clear, well designed CV and Resume you will increase your chances for being selected by Recruiters and Hiring Managers in industry and as such your chances for being invited for an interview. You will also learn how to identify key message in a job ad and how you adopt your CV accordingly.

Key takeaways

  • Why is it important to tailor your CV to specific job adds?
  • What is an ATS system and how does it impact your job search?
  • How can you better understand your skills and match them to the job market?
  • Dare to be personal – it is your CV!
  • Should you have a picture or not?
  • Dos and don’ts of the cover letter.




Basically, it’s OK to write your CV just the way you want … as long as you follow these guidelines:

  1. You match your skills to the job ad.
  2. Your CV is personal so it stands out.
  3. Your CV is easy to understand for recruiters and hiring managers.
  4. Your CV doesn’t take too long to read.
  5. You describe your goals and objectives clearly.
  6. You don’t use academic vocabulary and terminology.

And remember that writing a CV is not enough. You also need to understand how recruitment processes work and what tools recruiters and companies use. For example, companies with a HR department routinely use an Application Tracking System (ATS) – but do you know what an ATS system is and how it works? Do you know how companies use LinkedIn to look for candidates? Do you see your LinkedIn profile as your Google CV? Are you aware that many companies hire via LinkedIn Recruiter? Can you optimize your profile on LinkedIn and make it searchable?

This workshop will help you optimize your CV by guiding you through your own Personal Inventory. Finally, the most important question you have to answer is:  what do you want for your next career step? Your CV needs to focus on the future – not on your past. That’s how you help recruiters understand what you want … and hire you for your dream job!