What I’ve learned about CV at Google Academy

How to use your design skills to express yourself and online tools to stand out from the crowd

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Employers want to know…

  • Who you are
  • What you have done
  • Why they should hire you

90% of recruiters will check your social media presence to learn more about you.

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Who you are

Your CV is summary of your personal and professional attributes that proves why you’re the right candidate for a job. But first take a moment to reflect on what you really want from your new role.

Your strengths

Discussing your strengths can be one of the most difficult parts of the job interview.

  • What can you do with them?
  • How might you highlight them on your CV?
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What you have done

Highlight your greatest professional accomplishments. If you are new to an industry, take a personal achievement at university or a volunteering role that can demonstrate your great communication or problem-solving skills.

  • What did you achieve?
  • How does this relate to the role?
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Build a CV

There are no official rules for how CV should look like but there are key points CV should include: opening summary, work experience, education and/or achievements, key skills and your contacts.

  1. Opening summary is 2 or 3 sentences describing who you are and what you have to offer. Sell yourself and be human.
  2. Work experience. Highlight your greatest professional accomplishments. Follow the next structure: company, job title, dates, key projects & results, include volunteer work if relevant. Most recent at the top.
  3. Education/achievements. Write your academic & professional qualifications. Follow the next structure: qualification, dates, grades, key projects/research. Most recent at the top.
  4. Key skills. Answer to the question, “What are you great at?” and link the answer directly to the new role. Prepare to explain your skills and give examples in an interview.
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  • No more than two sides of A4
  • Tell employers what they want to hear

Did you know… on average 118 people apply for a given job and only 20% of applicants get to the interview stage

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Write a cover letter

A cover letter is a front cover you send with CV. The cover letter helps present yourself and summarise what you offer. Avoid repeating what you’ve already said in your CV. A cover letter is less than CVs and includes 6 blocks:

  1. Introduction. Who you are and what you are interested in? What role are you applying for? Where did you heard about the vacancy?
  2. Summarising yourself. Describe yourself, what is important to you, what you are good at and what you enjoy. Alternative ways to sell yourself “My values are…”, “I pride myself…”, “I have proven myself to be”,
  3. Problem vs. solution. Based on your experience give examples of the solution for challenges in the role.
  4. Relevant achievements: certificates, volunteer experience, achievements, languages, skills, hobbies and interests (if relevant to job), link to your website.
  5. Sign-off your letter with a clear next step for example “I look forward to hearing from you”or “Please let me know if you would like any more information”.

Now you’re ready to show potential employers why you are the best candidate 🚀 Good luck with your job search!

Digital Product Designer