Your CV triggers the very first impression that recruiters will make of you. Its realization and structure are all the more important as this document will be your passport for a possible physical meeting. Depending on certain circumstances, the form of the resume can change. In recent years, CV templates have multiplied, each highlighting a specific field or capacity. Today, the 3 most used models are: the anti-chronological, the thematic and the European templates.
The Anti-Chronological CV Template
It is the most used CV template in the world. It owes its name to the fact that experiences (works and studies) are not listed in a chronological order but from the most recent to the oldest. With regard to studies, it is a question of mentioning the diplomas obtained as well as the specializations. In terms of professional experiences, try to detail the missions performed by taking care to start with the most related to the position sought. Also choose an appropriate CV layout to be sure your CV will directly catch the recruiters’ eyes. And if you do not have a lot of professional experience yet, you can still mention your student jobs in an anti-chronological order.
The Thematic CV Template
In the thematic CV template, your skills are highlighted. They are grouped by themes without taking the chronology or the result obtained into account. This type of resume is very useful if you want to show your experiences in a particular sector and therefore continue to work in the same sector. The thematic CV layout can also hide an entire period of inactivity. Read the ad carefully and try to understand what the company is looking for. Usually the job description has a “Desired Skills” section which specifies what the employer is expecting from the candidates.
The European CV Template
If you plan to apply for a job abroad, more precisely in Europe, this CV template makes the perfect choice. The European resume model was proposed by the European Commission in 2002 in order to unify the standards. It aims to promote professional mobility within the continent. Its purpose is to facilitate communication between the job applicants and the employers. Its layout is also different. You only have to write vertically on 2/3 of the page, and it is divided into 3 different parts:
- Personal information;
- Professional Experiences;
- Language skills.
Of course, you can add other competencies if you think it will improve your chances to get the job. It can be artistic, IT, organizational, social skills, etc.