CV and cover letter

It takes time to prepare an efficient CV. It is an on-going process and your CV has to evolve in line with your studies. It is worthwhile to put extra effort into preparing your CV, as an efficient CV will optimise your chances of landing an invitation to a job interview.

Three facts about your CV:

  • Is usually read before the cover letter
  • Takes an employer 30 seconds to review
  • Must principally describe your accomplishments, not your future perspectives

The hardest part of making a CV is often describing your job assignments. It matters how you formulate your CV. Use action verbs when and where they are needed, but do not overuse them. Always make sure to check the layout and the formulations before you send it. Check the spelling and grammar.

The purpose of the cover letter is to explain your motivation and qualifications and how they match the job, you are applying for. The cover letter should complement your CV and is how you sell yourself to the company.

Three facts about your cover letter:

  • Is essential, but not always read by the employer.
  • Must in principle be max. 1 page.
  • Must be written with a perspective on the future

You must focus on the two following issues: write a catchy motivation and explain why you are qualified for the position. In other words –  target your cover letter. How to get the right message across with a cover letter is up to the individual, but you can use IBS Career center for consultation.

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