How to build a literate CV? 8 steps

How to build a literate CV? 8 steps

CV building


It is a 1-2 page document that summarizes the jobseeker's qualifications that match the job the person is currently seeking. In other words, it is a marketing tool used to communicate with the employer.


The main difference is in the volume.
The resume should be as concise as possible. usually one page. A CV is a long version of a resume, 2-3 pages, and here you do not reduce experiences that are not related to a specific case. Whether you are preparing a CV or a resume, it can be shown to the employer:

■ What do you offer to the company?
■ Why should you be considered a candidate for an interview?
■ that you are qualitatively suitable for the given job.

Considering the fact that a CV (let's call it that way) is the only way to present yourself when applying for a job, it is not the only one if you applied for a referral or the employer found you in case of headhunting. And if that's the only way, we have a challenge of standing out among tens or even hundreds of other A4s, so we need to invest a lot of time in building a CV.


1. Structure

We know for fact that HR professionals often use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), which simply "leaves out" inappropriate and unstructured CVs. Therefore, it is necessary to write a CV not only for an HR specialist, but also for a system working via artificial intelligence.

The structure of the CV is as follows:

Personal information
Name, phone number, e-mail address, LinkedIn page link.

Work experience
- Professional work experience, volunteer work, internship
- Title of the position, name of the organization, year of holding the position
- Key responsibilities (especially those that meet the requirements of the new vacancy)

Education and qualification
- Full name of the educational institution
- Education degree / certificate
- Year of study

Additional information
Knowledge of languages, professional skills, special projects, membership in an organization, hobbies, etc.

2. Conciseness

CV should be short, one, maximum 1․5 pages. Put the key first. The first impression is very strong.
Employers, especially in large companies, receive large numbers of CVs that are simply skimmed over to see if more in-depth research is needed. HRs / Recruiters usually spend 6 seconds reviewing a CV (you read that right, it's not 10-15 minutes, on average 6 seconds only).
In general, the rule in business is the following: the more you take the other person's time, the lower your chances. Therefore, save time.

3. Have your "trailer"

This includes several sentences in the beginning of your CV that sum up your professional path outlining your qualifications and correspondence to the given job. It would be good to use the "before-today-after" distinction: who you are, what your history is, where you stand now, in what direction you want to continue your development. (Continue reading, we have a nice gift for you at the end of the article ^^).

4. Update your CV

Do not include too old data. It is advisable to use the data of the last 3-5 years. Remember that your CV is your current image. It is very possible that it will be regularly updated to specify the position you are interested in.

5. Follow the appearance

Use basic fonts. The best fonts to use: Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri or Sylfaen. Use 10–12 font size to make it easy to read. Use also the Bold and Italic tools to highlight former employers and positions. If necessary, seek the help of your designer friend to help with the appearance.

6. Skip the extra information

Get rid of clutter! Remember that a CV is a professional description, not a personal one. You do not have to include information about anything related to your personal life, marital status or work. It is recommended to mention the school if the school has certain specifics, for example, PhysMath or an English school.

7. Check once

Before sending your CV, make sure there are no grammatical or spelling errors. Ask someone to read and check it out. Make sure it is perfectly flawless.

8. PDF

Save your CV in PDF format. In this case, you do not need to worry about the font or appearance.



It's not that difficult, is it? Just invest some time, and HR / Recruiters will see what you want.

Contact us if you are in the process of looking for a job and / or building a career.

The professional career agents from Magnus will help you to build a CV / LinkedIn profile, prepare for interviews and in general to become presentable by building a personal brand in the professional market.

And let us summarize with the promised gift․
Send an email to, and in response we will provide you with an example of a CV compiled by Magnus Careers, which you will modify and have a well-prepared CV in a short time (do not forget to mention the text "CV gift to me" in the subject field).

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