Suggestions for preparing your curriculum vitae

The purpose of a good curriculum vitae is to motivate the person reading it to seek more information through an interview.

WHAT TO DO

  • Always indicate whether your domicile is different from your registered residence address: indicate the distance to the workplace and willingness to move.
  • Always indicate the starting and ending date of courses: this will allow the reader to understand how much time was taken to obtain the diploma or certificate and, in the case of special contracts, like internships that can be performed only within 18 months after graduation from university, determine whether or not such an internship is possible in the individual case.
  • Always specify the score or grade awarded for the university degree or diploma.
  • If the course is still underway, indicate the expected conclusion date of the course: this will make it possible to determine how soon the job candidate will be available.
  • List your educational experience in reverse chronological order, starting from the most recent one: this will allow the reader to identify the most important educational preparation for the position offered.
  • Especially in the case of new university graduates, it is important to list all work experience because, even if a particular job is not very significant, it nonetheless indicates commitment and willingness to work. Internships are significant as training experiences, indicating the path followed after the conclusion of studies. If, instead, you have a consolidated history of work, less importance should be dedicated to less recent and less significant experience, while focusing attention on more recent experience similar to the position sought.
  • Work experience, like educational experience, must be listed in reverse chronological order, starting from the most recent job, especially if you are applying for a similar position, in order to illustrate points of contact between your career path and the position that you are applying for


WHAT TO AVOID

  • Forgetting to enter your mobile phone number: contact is now made principally through this channel.
  • Failing to describe in detail the work experience that you consider of greatest significance for your professional development and personal interest in being hired: the clearer the functions held and duties performed, the simpler it will be to identify the skills acquired.
  • Not listing minor experiences, without dwelling on the details of the activity performed if they are irrelevant to the position for which you are applying. Even if they are completely different experiences, they are nonetheless important to highlighting commitment and professionalism.
  • Submitting a handwritten curriculum vitae.
  • Forgetting to authorize processing of your personal data pursuant to Legislative Decree no. 196/2003.


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Last Revised: 11 Jul 2013