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Here’s a guide to help you create a CV-Resume that stands out!

Is it normal to feel nervous when applying for a job?

It’s completely natural to feel nervous about starting your first job, and certainly, social anxiety can amplify your worries. Still, most jobs do require at least a little person-to-person interaction, so it never hurts to find a friend who’s also looking for work and apply for jobs together.[1]

What is a CV? or a resume?

The CV presents a full history of your academic credentials, so the length of the document is variable. In contrast, a resume presents a concise picture of your skills and qualifications for a specific position, so length tends to be shorter and dictated by years of experience (generally 1-2 pages).

In this guide, you will find:

  1. How to choose the right CV template
  2. Add your basic info
  3.  Start by adding a brief summary
  4. Add a list of soft skills that do not require education
  5. Highlight your professional experience
  6. Talk about your academic experience
  7. Don’t forget to prioritize the skills that fit the offer you are applying for
  8. Idioms
  9. Hobbies
  10. Projects and Portfolio
  11. Pay attention to formatting
  12. Make a full review
  13. Bónus-List of sites with templates or resume builders

1.How to choose the right CV template:

In 2023, chronological CVs no longer make so much sense!
Reverse-Chronological Resumes. The most widely used resume format among job seekers today, reverse-chronological resumes are also probably the easiest for recruiters and hiring managers to understand at a glance—which is itself an advantage.

We think it makes sense to use this type of CV, because the most recent work experiences are the ones that stick most in our minds. However, you can use other formats!

2.Add your basic info:

Try to use your first and last name as the title of your resume. Put this information centered and use a larger font size than the rest. Avoid using “curriculum vitae” or “resume” as the title of the document.

  • Full name;
  • Birthday or age
  • Complete address
  • E-mail
  • LinkedIn
  • Profile Picture (Smiling :))
  • Other Contact Info
  • Other Social Media
  • other…

Be aware of the URL that links to your linkedin profile, you can edit it to make it easier to be found. Also be aware that your linkedin profile is well structured, it is an important step!
As for your professional email, try not to use an email that “embarrasses” you, sometimes your email can put you in an embarrassing situation!

3.Start by adding a brief summary:

An effective resume summary follows this formula: Professional Title (if relevant) + Key Experiences (with the total number of years worked) + Top Achievements (preferably measurable results) + Top Skills/Expertise/Unique Values (relevant to the job and industry).

4.Add a list of soft skills that do not require education:

And you must be asking, but what is the difference between soft skills and hard skills?

Hard skills are job-related competencies and abilities that are necessary to complete work, while soft skills are personal qualities and traits that impact how you work. Hard skills are often applicable to a certain career; soft skills are transferable to any type of job.

If you don’t have much experience in the world of work, soft skills can be an asset to your resume! Focus on them!

93% of employers want to see soft skills on your resume—here are 8 of the most in-demand ones:

  • Communication skills. Number of jobs listing the skill: 6.1 million.
  • Customer service. …
  • Scheduling. …
  • Time management skills. …
  • Project management. …
  • Analytical thinking. …
  • Ability to work independently. …
  • Flexibility.

5.Highlight your professional experience:

In this section, you must cite the professional experiences that add value to the desired position. Try to use keywords in your area of expertise. Especially those that may appear in the job description.

Use reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent experience, listing even the oldest at the end.


6.Talk about your academic experience:

Where Should Education Go on a Resume? You can put your education above your work history if you’re a student or recent graduate and have little experience. If you have more than a year of work experience, your education should come after your employment history. Your most recent degree goes first.

Here are some academic skills you could include on your resume:
  • Analysis.
  • Collaboration.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Design thinking.
  • Foreign languages.
  • Information management.
  • Interpersonal communication.
  • Leadership.
What to Include in Your Resume Education Section?:
  • Your most recent degree (or education in progress)
  • The name of your school.
  • Location of your school.
  • Dates attended and graduation date (or expected graduation date)
  • Your field of study and degree major.
  • Your GPA (only if it’s above 3.5)

7.Don't forget to prioritize the skills that fit the offer you are applying for:

Carefully read the descriptions of the job offers, and try to understand what are your qualities that fit this job offer! Emphasize those characteristics that can make you stand out from other candidates!


Add the language skills section after the core resume sections (heading, experience, skills, and education resume section). List languages with your level of proficiency using one language framework. Start at the top with the language you are most proficient in.


list of languages that help you get a job:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French


If you’re applying for a job that requires a lot of out-of-the-box thinking, you can list the following hobbies:
  • Chess.
  • Playing a musical instrument.
  • Reading.
  • Writing.
  • Sketching.
  • Photography.
  • Design.
  • Blog writing.

10.Projects and Portfolio:

Place your portfolio link in a separate document attached to your application. Include both a hyperlink and the full text of the URL. (In certain application management software, the preview of the resume doesn’t properly support PDF hyperlinks.) Include several deep links to highlight the most relevant work.

11.Pay attention to formatting:

  • Fonts
  • Font size
  • Margins
  • Alignment
  • Titles
  • Colors
  • Have look to the video below!

12.Make a full review:

Do not forget, at the end, to make a careful and complete review of the entire curriculum, to ensure that you do not miss any mistakes! Trust me, mistakes happen all the time, and your employers won’t be happy to see mistakes on your resume! Take the opportunity to see the last topic, it’s a bonus!

13.Bónus-List of sites with templates or resume builders:

  • Zety –
  • LiveCareer –
  • Resume Genius –
  • MyPerfectResume –
  • ResumeLab –
  • ResumeNow –
  • EnhanCV –
  • ResumeHelp –
  • Canva –

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