CV Design for Industry

How to Design your CV for the Industry – From a Recruiter 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?

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!

Key takeaways

  • Why it is 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.