Relevance: All information should be relevant to a particular job or profile. If you write an aim, all the information below should support that aim. Be selective and give the most relevant information; you cannot give all the details. Do not underestimate experience gained from project work or “little” or summer jobs or volunteer work.

Make sure you demonstrate that you’ve actually had practical experience. e.g.
E.g. If programming is required, you should have written some lines of code.

Need to demonstrate tech, managerial and other professional skills as well a very motivated attitude.

Detail. Detail is often lacking or applicant just puts in the name of a project, or association etc. and no information and what his/her role was, etc.
What role did you play? How did team work together? What was aim of the project? What technologies or techniques were used? What was the budget? Time constraints? Results?

Show results (for projects), or success (for courses give your marks).

Listing all kinds of technical knowledge without any concrete practical examples of use is not a very good idea. Not necessary to mention Word, Excel, Powerpoint; they are common work tools.

Do not say you are fluent in a language unless you really are.

Buzzwords. What is the latest technology, or management technique?

Going abroad to practice your language skills or to experience another culture are not reasons for a company to hire you.

Never lie!

Anything missing is not good. Continuity in dates

Bulleted text is OK

Style: short telegraphic phrases, i.e. no subject (I), no articles or prepositions is fine.
Begin phrase with a verb in the past (if the experience is past) or present if it is current..

Language correction. Mare sure language is correct. Be careful of spelling. Be consistent in use of British or American English

More advice about the content

During a visit to the INT, Ms Anne Morgan, recruitment specialist at Nortel Networks, gave some up to date advices to second year students on how Nortel recruits students for internships and employment:

General advice

Stay conventional.
Many application forms on-line on the company site but sites change so make frequent visits.
A CV is a marketing tool to sell oneself so don't be too modest, but be truthful, clear and direct.

What are Nortel Networks looking for?

CV adapted to to prospective employer.
Technical ability.
Particular skills : analytical, planning, organisation, relationship building and commercial awareness.

What do they want to see on a CV?

Language skills: be accurate, your level will be checked.
DETAIL, EXPLANATIONS, HANDS ON EXPERIENCE, projects done and results obtained.
Any experience is interesting.
You can provide a 'teaser' but be prepared to develop later.
Include grades, aim, nationality and e-mail.
Include hobbies and interests.
Continuity in dates avoid unexplained gaps.
Include international code with your phone number, make it easy to phone.
One or two references, include contact details. Make sure your reference knows you and is willing to give you a recommendation.
Otherwise put references available on request.

What do they want the CV to look like?

UK 2 pages of CV.
Simple font Times or Arial, readable above all.
Use bold for special items.
Use bulleted text.
Make sure the text is aligned correctly.
Remember your CV will be printed out in black and white so colour is often lost.


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