Lifehack has concocted a list of things millennials should include in their CVs:
- Include links to social media profiles
Having a portfolio, a website or a blog will definitely help recruiters decide if you are the right candidate, but adding a link to your LinkedIn profile won’t hurt. Recruiters usually check candidates’ social media profiles [especially LinkedIn!] to make sure they match the information provided in their CVs, but they also want to see if their connections have endorsed them or have written reviews for them.
Including links to your social media profiles will add more transparency to your application and will show the recruiter that you are dedicated to proving that you are the candidate they are looking for.
- Add success stories to personalize your application
Quantifying your previous professional experiences is definitely something you should consider if you want your application to be successful, but recruiters are also interested in seeing how you managed to transform your job description into a stellar personal achievement.
- Include volunteer work and extra-curricular activities
Don’t be afraid to include your extra-curricular activities and volunteer work in your CV because these activities point out that you are great at multi-tasking and that even if you were studying and working, you still found time to help others without asking anything in return.
- Show them you are a team player
Companies want to hire people who are great at working in teams, but who can thrive in an independent environment too. If you worked in a group, don’t be afraid to include the successes you achieved in the group structure and the outcome of your collaboration with other departments.
Your CV should show recruiters that you have excelled in a team atmosphere in previous positions.
- Show them you have communication skills
Because the CV is your first interaction with a potential employer, it’s important to make sure that your tone, grammar and spelling are impeccable. If you also want to focus on your written communication skills, make sure to include those moments when you’ve done public speaking.
If you are a millennial looking for a job, but you started to believe that applying for jobs is nothing more than an endless cycle of submitting CVs and cover letters, here is what you should keep in mind:
- Don’t exaggerate any of your achievements, don’t make funny jokes and don’t try to sound more professional than what you really are.
- Crowded CVs should be avoided –make them comfortable for the reader’s eye and convince the recruiter that you should be given a chance.
- Be specific! You cannot say that you are a good leader or a loyal employee and not give a proper example of why you decided to include these skills in your CV.
- Be clear about your future goals –if you are not sure what you want to do in the future, make sure to include your passions, provided that they are related with the industry you want to work in.