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How to make a resume for top companies / schools (+template download)

Felix Peeters, Interview Coach & Partnerships Manager

How to make a resume for top companies / schools (+template download)

Felix Peeters, Interview Coach & Partnerships Manager

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6 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Chapter 1 - Purpose & Sections

    • 3. Chapter 2.1 - Building the Resume

    • 4. Chapter 2.2 - Building the Resume

    • 5. Chapter 3 - Applicant Tracking Systems

    • 6. Chapter 4 - Resume Delivery Strategies

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In this course you first download our winning resume template. You can find the resume template in the "Projects and Resources"-section. Then, you go through the resume course chapters and we work together to make sure you end up with your version of the resume that secured offers from exclusive and prestigious companies and schools. This CV template or resume template has secured interview invitations from Google, United Nations, NATO, Amazon, Uber, Goldman Sachs, Citi Group, Roland Berger, Oliver Wyman, London Business School, The London School of Economics, ESADE, Bocconi, Oxford, St. Gallen and HEC Paris. Best of luck with your resume!  

Also, check out other courses on how to make a resume, here on Skillshare. 

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Felix Peeters

Interview Coach & Partnerships Manager


Hello, I'm Felix.

For the past year-and-a-half I have been working for Google in Belgium and the UK. 
When I was in HEC Paris Business School, we developed a method to write resumes, CVs and cover letters that would always work. We sell these letters and CVs, but today I want to give you the chance to simply do it yourself. We will use the Skillshare platform to bring our bestselling products to you.


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Felix and this is my online course on writing the winning TV. This is a very short course in which we will be making a C V step by step. You can also download the template such that you can work along as you go through all the lectures in this video. Of course, what we essentially want to achieve is that you end up with your version off the C V that we have tested for all the companies and older schools that are out there. This CV structure that we have come up with you can consider that as a winning formula it's a winning formula because it has secured offers with an amazing amount of companies. We are talking about companies such as Goldman Sachs and Citibank all over Weinman and Roland Berger. We're also talking about Amazon, Google, Spotify, uber, the United Nations, NATO. We are talking about companies that are exclusive companies that are hard to get into. But at the same time, this CV structure this winning formula. It also works for exclusive schools. Think about schools such as Harvard, Oxford, HTC, Paris, the London School of Economics, London Business school. We're talking about business schools mostly, but not exclusively whichever school is very hard to get into. We've already tried this CD template with the school, and it kind of always works. So what will you learn? You will not just learn how to make the winning TV. You'll actually end up with your own version off the sea view that works. You'll also learn from our crucial dues and domes. And there are many when it comes to writing a CV. And we've written over 100 CVS, and we've sent them out to a lot of companies just for experiment, just to find out what works. We will also teach you how to deal with the idea off applicant tracking systems. The idea that most of the CDs when you send them out to Big an exclusive companies most of those TV's their first read by a computer by a robot before they go to a recruiter or a hiring manager. So we'll teach you that as well. Lastly, we want to tell you how to deliver your application materials. Once you end up with that perfect version off the winning CV, we want to tell you how to deliver it. How to make sure that you can go around the official application process. How can you increase your chances off landing off, securing on offer with that one dream company that you have in mind? So if today's the day that you are sure that you want to get serious about your application materials, if you have decided that you finally wanna land and offer from your dream company or your dream school, if you are sure that you want to invest in your career in your future and hopefully have higher paycheck every month, then the real question is, what would that be worth to you today? So I'm very happy that you're here. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. Our contact information is on the course page. I hope you enjoy this course, and of course I wish you the best of luck with your application 2. Chapter 1 - Purpose & Sections: If we're talking about the purpose of a C V, we can say that it is an overview of your experience in credentials in order to prove your capabilities. To a certain extent, it comes down to selling yourself, even though that is not really nice to say. But to really understand what the purpose of a CV is, you should kind of compare it with what the purpose is off a cover letter or a motivation letter, because in a motivation letter, you're also selling yourself. But you're selling yourself in a different way. If you're writing a CV, you should think of it as selling yourself as a product with features that match the requirement of the job description. Think if yourself is the product and then just list your features. Whereas if you're writing a motivation letter, you should think about the problem that a company or a school is having and then present yourself as the solution to that problem. It's more like a solution based selling anything, but for now we're writing Stevie's, so let's stick to the feature based selling technique and let's go over it together. If there are four things that I want you to keep in mind throughout the process of writing a CV, then it is really, first of all to sell yourself as a list of features. The second thing should be to take the point of view of the recruiter, which actually means that because I understand when you're writing a CV, it is super tempting to write down whatever you think is really impressive. But that's not really what's important. You should think the point of view off the hiring manager and then think about what's relevant if there is something super spectacular that you have done, but it's not really relevant for this job description. Then you may not want to put it in your CV. The third point is that if you're already taking the point of view off the recruiter, why not also adopt their language by which I mean use keywords? There are keywords that you confined in the job description. You should literally use those words in your CV. I do understand that sometimes you want to be creative or you want to come across this clever by using synonyms. But in this case, think about the fact that this recruiter may not even spend 30 seconds on looking at your CV. So in these 30 seconds, you don't want to be using synonyms. You want to be using the exact words that this recruiter is looking for. And then the fourth thing that I really want you to keep in mind, it's quantification whenever you're gonna put something on your CV, we're also gonna put a small description in bullet points and in this description, try to quantify it because the recruiter was not there. You can say that you were someplace doing something you will not understand until you use some sort of quantification because it's not nice. But unfortunately, numbers is really something that everyone understands. Now that we have seen the four things that you should always keep in mind throughout the whole process. Let's look at the four essential sections off the winning CV. This is actually the C V that we are gonna be writing to get her. And as you can see right here, there is an awful lot of information on the paper, but it doesn't take too much space. And that is because we've done some clever editing. We do include a section for contact information simply because this is required. And then we go straight to work, experience and education. And then on the left in this column, we list everything that is not your work experience or your education. So this is everything from skills, languages, projects and awards. Everything else you want to actually fill the recruiter. So this is the perfect layout for whenever your CV is gonna be read by humans. Why? Well, first of all, it looks good, but also because of the smart layout, you can put a lot of information without giving them the feeling that you have been cramming your sentences all on one page. Because get this, you are gonna want to make a C V. That is only one page. All right, So if those are the four essential parts of a CV, then you may be wondering about the following. Shouldn't I include a bio like the small piece of fixed right above the C V. And that is actually a good question. And the answer is not clear cut. It really depends. I do know that for some companies, like, if you're going into formal consulting or finance, they're not really expecting this, and they want to stick to a very formal Forman. Also, you should think about the following. You're probably always going to send out your CV to get her with a motivation that air. So if you wanna have some space to say more about yourself, that it's not just the list of your features in your experience, and you may actually want to save that for the motivation letter. So maybe that's your answer. If you're also sending a motivation letter than just stick to this format and these four sections. But if there is no other way to say anything more about yourself and you feel like a list of your features in your experience, just ain't gonna cut it to make a good impression, then just feel free to put a small bio. Let's say four sentences that you know, generate some interest in your being and make sure that the recruiter will remember you. You could also wonder whether or not you should put a picture. And this is also a very delicate question, because in some countries like England, for instance, there is really this anti discrimination law that says that they should not be able to see your picture when they make the decision on whether or not they will invite you to the interview. So for those companies, putting a picture anyway could actually be harmful. It could actually harm your chances. So what I suggest when it comes to the picture, ask around. There was probably some information included in the job description, if not just emailed a recruiter or reach out to anyone that is currently working at this company that is currently enrolled in this school. And just ask them for advice, because this is an easy mistake to avoid as long as you ask for information. Now that you understand what the four things are that you should keep in mind throughout the whole process of writing a CV and you also know what the four main sections are, let's just dive in to get her and start writing that winning CV in Chapter two. We will do exactly that. We will go over every section, step by step, word by word, 3. Chapter 2.1 - Building the Resume: All right. So you know what? To keep in mind. Let me repeat it for you real quick. Writing a CV is about listing your features in order to prove your capabilities. It's also about taking the point of view of the recruiter and not writing down what you think is impressive but writing down what they think is relevant. And if you're taking their point of view, step number three should be. Think their language as well, So use keywords. Step number four is quantify because they were not there. They do not know what it means unless you put some numbers in there. All right, let's go over all the sections together and let's start with the first and easiest section where you can really not make a lot of mistakes. But you do have to included the contact information section. So in this CV template, it could go right here on the top left. What you can see is that for this layout we have used Aikens, and of course you're not. You know, no one's gonna actually tell you to use Aikens, but when you're already stuck to a very formal structure, this is actually one of the few places where you can let the recruiter know that you do care about layout. You do care about what something looks like, which is very relevant because you're always going to be building decks and presentations anyway, So you may as well already proved to them that you also care about what something looks like. If you don't want to do it, you can just take these out. But I do recommend that you use these very subtle Aikens in this case. All right, So the first thing that you want to put here is your email address, and I do strongly advise you that you do not use that funny email address that you made when you were 14 years old. Try to make this a professional email address and then have it there right on the top, because this is really the easiest way for the recruiter to reach you. Second in line your phone number. This may not seem relevant, but if you look at some industries like the finance industry, for instance, you see how actually very often the recruiter will call you up to check your availabilities for an interview, and this is also a way to test you to see how quick you are on your feet when you are, you know, called and you have to respond on the spot. Even though this is not gonna be role related questions, and it's more gonna be about your availabilities, they still want you to come across as a flu in person. So as from the moment that you put your phone number on your CV, be prepared to take one of those calls as well. The third thing that you can put here is a link to your linked in profile. So make sure to first make yourself a customized you, Errol on your Lincoln, which is something that you can easily look up how to do it. But then it's a bit, you know, it looks nicer and is gonna be short, and I do know that this is a piece of paper and they're probably not gonna be able to click it from their pdf reader. But it doesn't make sense. It doesn't make sense because it tells the recruiter that you put some time and effort into making your linked in profile, and it may even challenge them to go and take a look. And that is good, because if you can make them take steps after reading your CV, like reading your cover letter or visiting your linked in profile, you're kind of building engagement. Think of it as you know, you being a marketeer, and you want them to do stuff you want to have a call to. Action. Putting a Lincoln profile link is actually one of the ways where you can, you know, push them towards making a step. And once they do that, they're going to be a bit more engaged. And it's gonna be harder for them to put your CV on the no pile. So do always include the link to your to your linked in profile. All right, And then the last thing that you want to put is your actual address. Why is this relevant will for some jobs, and especially if you're applying for foreign countries, it does matter. They do want to know where you live, because sometimes there is gonna be the issue off applying for a work visa. In this case, you do wanna warn them whether or not you will be needing these a sponsorship. So that's why if you don't include where you live, they don't have a way to find out. They're not going to go through the trouble off asking you where you live, So if you don't include this piece of information, you may as well be out. So that's why do included. But if you know that you are applying for a destination that will require visa sponsorship , then first of all warned them by putting your address. But then also make them feel more at ease by adding that you have already applied for visa sponsorship or that you will not be needing Visa sponsorship or saying that you are, you know, an eligible candidate for J one visa sponsorship. I don't really know all these things by heart, but just make sure that you mentioned that it will not be a problem for you toe work in their country. All right, that is about it for contact information. So now let's jump to the most important part your professional experience and your education. Now, if you're applying for an actual job or a very serious internship that is supposed to be a ramp up for a full time higher. You may want to actually start with your professional experience, because that is going to be the most relevant part. If you're applying for a business school or, you know, a school that is very hard to get into or it's an undergraduate internship position, you could also start of what your education because in some cases, that could be more relevant to the institution. But now let's assume that we're actually applying for a job, and so you're gonna want to start with listing all your professional experience. Now, how should you do it easy. Just copied this template like you see you just you put the name of the company and then you say what it was that you had to do there. So you just mentioned the title of your role. What you should always include is how long you have been working there because it's relevant. There is a big difference between a one month internship and a one year internship in which you had some actual responsibilities and then lastly always include where it waas include the city and the country as well, because this is a very formal format and there is not a lot of place where you can give additional information about yourself. But if it turns out that you have had working experience or you've been going through schools in different parts in the world, well, then that is actually a nice way to tell them that you have an international background and you are multicultural and you're open to different cultures. Your inclusive without bragging. You can actually tell them that you have had a lot of experience in the world just by saying where it was that you were working. 4. Chapter 2.2 - Building the Resume: All right, So you're listing your first piece of experience, and now it all begins. The most important part, the bullet points. It is the most important part because you can say that you had a specific rule, but no one knows what that means unless you also say what your responsibilities were and what your achievements were. So a lot of people forget this. And I'm guessing if you if you don't have the smart column on the left and you just try to cram everything on one page, you may not even have space for your bullets. But there is a rule of thumb that says you need to have minimum two and maximum four bullet points per piece of experience that you want a list. All right, let's just do this together. When you are making these bullet points, I want you to think back of what we said in the beginning of this course, which is the four things to keep in mind. First of all, you are selling yourself as a list of features. Second of all, you are taking the point of view of the recruiter, which means before making these bullet points before thinking about what it was that you were actually doing there. Go look at the job description because that is going to give you some good inspiration on how to go about not writing down what you thought was relevant. But write down what the job description says that is relevant. It doesn't feel super sense here, but that is really how it works. And then the third thing to keep in mind use their language. It's really in these bullet points that you could put an awful lot of keywords, So go to the job description and start circling the keywords. I bet that if you go to any job description now, you could circle about 30 relevant keywords. I want you to go there. I like the keywords and then write them down on a piece of paper, all 30 of them. And then when you write your CV, not only in this part not only in the bullets but throughout the C V. Try to drop as many keywords as you can. About 30. It sounds like a lot, but there is a lot of space to so you can really try to go a Sfar as you can with this key words. And then the fourth thing that you have to think about when making these bullets quantification in these bullet points. If you want to say that you, um, were building expertise in scaling a partnership, then tell them how many partnerships or how much revenue that partnership touched, I tried to explain what actually happened. Quantification is super important. Now let's just do this together. So the first line that you see the first bullet is developing to high level skilled acquisition concepts, driving sales. All right, So this means that if in the job description it had said, um, new business development and it had said revenue, then you should have probably written developed a program around new business development to drive this amount in euros off revenue per month. So you should have gone about it in a different way. But now let's assume that this person that it correctly and he actually wrote down keywords such as acquisition and sales, and so this is really where you want to drop those keywords. So now think about yourself. And don't think that this is something that you can only do for business think about someone that is working in psychology. If they are saying cognitive behavior than in this bullet point, please write down cognitive behavior. And if if, if they keep mentioning patients or clients than do mention patients, if they say taking interviews or doing data research, then don't call it analysis. Call it data research. That's really the point that I'm trying to make. Now let's talk about quantification and quantification is something that you can not only do in a business context, either. You can do it in any context, but you do need to tell them numbers, because if you say that you were responsible for something that could still be talk. But if you put numbers, that is something that they can check. If you say that because of what you did, you saved them. Let's say 300 euros per week because everything was more efficient, they can make a call to check it. Maybe that's the beauty of these numbers, the fact that they can actually check it. So let's look at an example in the first line. He says that he developed two concepts, so that is already better than saying developing concepts But it gets even better in the second bullet point where I'm assuming that this person is still talking about those concepts. He actually says how much revenue he has starched because of what he made up because of what he created for the company. How much money that is super relevant for a company. It shouldn't be about money. But if you're talking about something that you made for a company and you want people to understand that either say time, amount or money because otherwise no one will understand again. This is not just the case in business. Think about someone applying for government institutions. If what you're going to be doing is data research or writing statements or organizing events, then please do tell them how many events you have organized. How many statements you have prepared, how many meetings you have attended, or you know, um, how much money you have saved them, how many decisions you have touched. Based on your data analysis, you can use numbers in any context, but this is really where you have to do it. So now you can just go ahead, write down your experience and then make a listing off those, and for each experience that you list include bullet points and in each bullet point, I want you to drop keywords and I want you to be super specific by also including numbers. All right, now, let's go to the section off Education. So now we're assuming that education comes right after your professional experience, which is perfectly fine, and you basically go about in the same way. So for your education, you first list the school. Then you say what it was that you were doing in this school. And then you say how long you have been in this school? Also say where it was for the same reason as before. If this was an international school or if you've been in different countries over the course of your you know, academic curriculum, then this is a perfect way to tell them that. Then, after saying what your masters was, or what your bachelors was, some things that you do wanna include, but you can free will a bit. Here, you have to tell them what was relevant. What is always relevant is if you had a scholarship, then you want to put it on there because that is 1/3 party validation. If this is a known school and they give you a scholarship, this takes away some of the uncertainty for the recruiters. They can wonder, you know, if that school thought that you were good enough to get a scholarship, then that takes away some of their doubt because they're taking a risk as well, upon giving you all those responsibilities in the future. So if you had a scholarship, please do mention it, where you can also mention but on Lee. If it's relevant for the application, you can also mention what your Masters dissertation was about because sometimes that was valuable research that you'll be able to leverage in your new position. So if that is the case also mentioned your master's dissertation right here in the education section. Other things that you can do to make this better is apart from keywords, which you should be doing throughout the whole CV. Include numbers. You can even quantify what you did in school simply by mentioning your grade. Your overall G p A. Your average. This is a perfect number, something that they can check and something that they can compare. So it's super relevant now about the title. Call it education. You need to use simple titles. The same goes for the work experience. Call it professional experience, experience or work experience. But don't free wheel with these titles and then after education, let's go to the last part. This is everything that is not your professional experience and not your education. It means it's your skills. It's your your languages, projects that you were doing and awards that you got. So, first of all, if they ask for your skills, make sure that in this beast you write the skills that they were mentioning on the job description. It's never been easier to drop keywords. They're actually giving you a section here where you can put the key words. Of course, you have to make sure that it's true, but I'm assuming that if you're applying for the job, there will be a big overlap. So just mentioned, the keywords literally literally use the same words. Don't make it hard for them to figure out what you've done, use their language. So that's what you should mention. The skills section. It's actually very straightforward now for projects. Think of, let's say, the most significant project that you've done because you only have one page. So think about the most significant thing that you have done. That was really your own initiative, where you put in a lot of time and effort. And then if this is relevant for the job, then please do mention it here mentioned a nice project, maybe two and then about a warts. Some people think that it is a bit, you know, tricky to mention awards, But if these awards are known or they have an official title, it's not really bragging. It's just mentioning, So you don't have to say I was the first thing. Class is being the first thing class has an official title, then just put that official title. That's all I'm saying. And then languages? Well, very straightforward. They will require languages, so if you speak those languages, you put them there. Now some people would also want to indicate how will they speak these languages, and there are a lot of ways to do it now. Your first hint is actually the job description again. If this job description requires proficient, then just look at the scale that contains proficient. But if they say medium average advanced that you want to say, advanced and proficient again, just use their words and then be honest about it. But at least make sure that if they require a language, it's not just a nice to have. It's a requirement. Then don't forget to put it on the C V right there. All right, so that was it for the remaining section, which was everything from skills to languages to projects to awards again, just use the template adapted for yourself, and then you are in a good way to build that winning CV. 5. Chapter 3 - Applicant Tracking Systems: Hi and welcome to the third chapter in this chapter. We're gonna be talking about 80 s or applicant tracking systems. It's a really fancy way of saying that a computer should be able to read your CV. Like I said in the introduction, about 70% of all the CVS that gets sent out to companies 70% of those TV's They never get read by a human being. They get pre disqualified by a computer, which is super scary. But in this chapter, we're gonna learn how to win from the computer. How to make sure that your winning CV also wins if it's a robot that reads your CV. So in order to do this there are seven key things that I want you to keep in mind. And the first of these seven things is something that I have said a 1,000,000 times before . But it becomes even more relevant if a computer is reading your CV and it's gonna automatically populate a database based off what it parses from your CV, then make sure that you use the exact keywords. It goes even further now. Think about it as S e o. Search engine optimization If you have a website and you want to be found on a search engine, someone googles your website and you want to be in the relevant results. You have to make sure that on this website you have these keywords. The good thing is you don't have to guess the keywords because again they are all in the job description and it goes super far. If in the job description, they use both an abbreviation and the full word, then I want you to include both the abbreviation and the full word on your CV. So again, keywords. But you go extra far this time, then measurable results. Measurable results means that the computer will recognize a line of text as a fact about what you have done that they can. Afterwards, check the computer will not check it, but the computer will recognize whether it can or cannot be checked. This actually just means quantification, so you already know how to do it. But now, because it's 80 s that you are optimizing for, you need to include at least five checkable effects about yourself. All right, so now moving on to the next thing that you need to consider word count. Word count is super important as well. There is a rule that says that you need to have about 750 words on this CV in order for the computer to accept it. This also means that you may have to exceed the one pager that we were going for in that perfectly out in the second chapter. Now, because you're working for a software you don't care about, whether it's one or two pages, it's more important that you have the right amount of words. So everything between a 750 words and 800 words will definitely do the trick this time. 100 thing to consider is the order now for the computer to recognize that you had a work experience like a specific position in a specific company. It's super important that you mentioned the institution, first mentioned the name of the company first, and then mention the rule that you had your job title super important because otherwise it will not recognize it, and then someone else's CV will actually win the next point. Typos. Try to avoid making typos. This also goes for writing a CV that is gonna be read by humans. But if you make a typo and it's a computer reading your CV, they will not be able to recognize the word. So there is no room for mistakes so extra important not to make typos. Another thing to consider is the format in which you're gonna upload formats that get recognized by the computer. Very well are a regular word document or a dot text. Those are really the formats that you should go for. Don't try to go for a document in pages or anything else, because then you have a chance that the computer will not recognize it super important. And it is very easy to prevent this mistake. Just use any of these three types off format, and you'll be fine. Even better. If you're uploading your CV. Just look at the four months that they require and don't make any mistakes. And hopefully the platform on which you're uploading will actually warn you if you make a mistake. But if it doesn't just make sure that you use one of these three and you should be good. And then one thing that I want to go into detail about is the layout, because now we're not looking for a nice, structured layout That is super easy to read, like the one that we did in chapter two. Now we're gonna be going for a much more robotic layout that is gonna be super ugly and no human is ever going to read it with great interest. But if it is a computer that you're targeting, then this is what you should be going for. Yeah, I know it looks super, super awful, But look at this. In the top left corner, you just put your contact information so there is no title here. Just jump straight into it and then leave some space and then write your own name, followed by the position that you're targeting as if you're already having the position, right. You just put your name and then the position that you aspire. But basically the computer will hereby recognize what position of this that you are going for. So the position that goes with your name and that is how you're gonna be stored in the database so super important that you just stick to this structure After doing this, you include a bio if you want, because now you have more space. So this is actually an extra opportunity to add more keywords. Write a few sentences about yourself. The computer will just recognize this as a bio. Just stick to this format after writing the bio. You used titles but no lines underneath. Just titles. And please just use these titles exactly. First of all, work experience. If you use the title work experience, the computer will definitely recognize it. But if you try to be creative at this point, you may be disqualified. So you just go work experience but no lines underneath and then major listings, just like you didn't Chapter two. But now even more specific, just have a look. Be super consistent than in the first line. You write the company name and the title off the role you had, and then on the second line, the location and the date. As long as you stick to this structure, the computer will actually populate it into the database as your first piece off work experience. The first item on the list and then if you put bullet points right under there, which are gonna be the measurable results like I mentioned in the beginning. These air Just your bullet points again. No layout, no fancy stuff. Just write the bullets as if you were doing it on the fancy CV. But now just lines very simple and very straightforward. You can also just make full sentences. And for a new line, just use punctuation and then press enter and start a new measurable results. A new bullet point. All right, I know it looks horrible, but this is really how you should do it. And you do the exact same for your education, which means you're used the title education and nothing else. So don't use a fancy title. Just say education again. You start off by saying the name of the school and then you just go on in the exact same way that you did before and then because we're not using the smart tables or this smart column on the left. So what you should be doing right now is just mention your other experience right under education, and the title here should be additional experience or skills. Those Air two titles that will always work. All right, so now that you know, this just keep in mind this structure and then really just use it. Don't be creative at this point. And what I also want to give you now is the things that can confuse a software because there are some additional things that you may want to think off that you may want to do but that you should better avoid in order not to confuse the computer. It's actually easy, so just stick to this list. It means don't use color. Color will be confusing for the computer. Just go straight, black on white, and that cannot go wrong. Another thing. Don't use special fonts. Look in the job description and see if they actually mention a specific font and a size that you should be using. If not, then use a very standard one like um ver donna or aerial. And you should be OK, then definitely no tables. If you think you can bring more structure to help out the computer by adding everything in nice tables, you're wrong. It cannot parse through a table. It will actually just stopped reading after your bio, and then it's over. You will be disqualified just for trying to be structured. Don't do it. Just stick to the format that I just mentioned. So no tables, no tables at all. Also, no columns, no text boxes, no fields, just straightforward lines. On paper, it is very boring. But again, you're talking to a computer, so that shouldn't bother you too much. One thing you should also avoid is images and icons. Remember how we use the icons for contact information in chapter two? Well, that was that was made for human beings. If you're targeting a computer, they will not care about Aikens. Even worse, they will stop parsing. They will not even read on. So avoid any of that stuff. All right, so that is really how you can beat a computer. I really hope it's learn ful. And if you wanna get a good reminder, just replay the video. Take a look at the structure that we have used in this template right here, and you can never go wrong. Just try to copy and paste this. All right, so that's how you go about coping with 80 s. And now I can hear you wondering, Like, why do you explain to me how to make a perfectly formatted TV And then you tell me that in a lot of the cases it's gonna be a computer reading my CV so I can see how you're getting super confused on when toe use, which form it and you're totally right. So that's why in the fourth chapter, we will be talking about when to use which form it, but also how to properly deliver your application materials in order to increase your chances so hope to see you there in Chapter number four. 6. Chapter 4 - Resume Delivery Strategies: hi and welcome back to the online video course on how to ride the winning CV. Remember how in Chapter two, I explained how you can make the perfect TV for a recruiter or a hiring manager. But then, in Chapter three, I told you that if the computer is reading that CV, that becomes pretty much useless. So now you're probably wondering when to use which form in which I totally understand. And it is quite obvious when to do what? Like if you have the possibility to send an email or simply upload your CV, then you can assume that it's gonna be humans reading your CV so you can just uploaded in the nice four. Right now, If you are on a platform and they give you the option between putting it in, let's say, ah, pre made structure with text boxes that you need to fill such that they can obviously populate their database. You can be sure that it's going through a computer before any recruiter or any hiring manager will look at your CV. So if that is the case, but they also allow you to upload a file and you still want to upload your own file and not just play it safe and fill out the text boxes on the platform. That is when you should use that super robotic. Not so nice looking template that we went over in chapter three. But there could be a situation in which you're just not sure. So if you're emailing to someone, you're sure the nice version. If you also have a Knop shin to fill out a form on a platform, Definitely. If you're gonna want to upload something uploaded in the very scrappy but very convenient for a computer to read layout right. But if you're stuck in between, then just play it safe, do some layout but skip the Aikens and also skip that smart Cullman left. Make sure it's on Lee text. You can still use bullet points. Punctuation. Make a nice structure. Don't go a Sfar as to make it super scrappy, like the one for the computer per se, but also really avoid that column on the left because that could easily screw up the parsing that the computer is gonna want to be doing right. So that's pretty much how you can tell which form to use No. If you are sure that it's gonna be, ah, human being reading your CV and not a computer, there are also waste to be even a bit more creative because if they tell you to send an email to someone, they may also mention a name. And if you know the name, then please do make sure that if you send the C V, which is probably gonna be accompanied by a motivation letter as well also right. A super nice email in which you kind of impress them with how polite you are, but also how considerate off what they are doing like they are going through hiring process . So if this is a small team and you can kind of sense that they are really in need of finding someone you could actually asked them like, Hey, how is it going? I know this can be tough wishing you the best of luck, Um, maybe mentioned something personal about yourself, like, don't go too far, but definitely make sure that upon reading your email, it's almost as nice as everything else they know about You make sure that you use this opportunity to make a connection with them make an actual human connection because that is your advantage. It's not gonna be a computer. It's going to be a human being in this case. Now, if you know that it is going to be a human being reading your CV first, then there is another option to be even more direct, more personal and more creative. Apart from sending that email. If you know the name off the hiring manager that is going to make the decision than what you could do is also go around the official process and address them directly. There is a good way to do it, but I'm not recommending it per se. I'm just telling you that the option is there. What you could do is write them, let's say an express letter or put the paper in a box and send it with a delivery company such that they have to sign when they receive it. Because if you know that they're gonna be signing before they can actually open a box there already gonna be excited. They are definitely gonna be reading what's inside. So if you want to be, ah, 100% sure that the right person sees your materials. It really never hurts to just put it in a box and send it through a delivery firm. It costs you some extra money, so make sure that whatever that are gonna be reading is still humbled because otherwise it can come across a super pushy. But if you actually have a very funny touch to it, or a very good reason why you are so motivated, they can actually perceive this as someone who is genuinely just super interested and working at this company, it could really work out well. But again, if you're applying for a consultancy firm or a finance company, I really wouldn't recommend it. This is about a small firm or, you know, a tech company where you know that creativity is really valued. In such a case, you could actually try to go the extra mile and really be creative. There was this one story that I know about this guy who went super far. He actually almost went to prison for how he delivered his application materials. So definitely not recommending this. Just telling you that the option is there what you could actually do? No, I'm sorry. This is not what you could do. This is what this guy did. What he actually did was have to imagine this was one of the first escape rooms in Amsterdam where they were opening that escape room and they were looking for more people to develop the escape experience. And this was a guy that was super passionate about riddles and puzzles and you know, that whole thing. So he was really one of those creative thinkers and he figured out this is the job for me and he was 100% sure. But in order to make an impression, what he did was he broke in to that company overnight, and he started moving around furniture. He started moving around things and leaving behind some clues. So when the employees of that company, they came to the office, what they saw was a big mess, as if someone had broken in. Well, someone had broken in, but as if they had been, you know, robbed or something. But actually, it was just this guy who had left, like the whole trail, and they found some stuff. And then they found a clue and step by step. They started realizing that this guy had actually made some sort of escape experience where they had to go from floor to floor in room to room to find more clues in an Indian. They found the last flu what was basically his application materials. Now he ended up working there the next week because it was genius. But of course I'm not saying you should take this kind of a risk, but you should realize that if you're super passionate about a position, there is people out there going the extra mile, sending a box of donuts with their CV right in there or, you know, breaking in. And I'm not saying breaking. I'm just saying, maybe sending an email is not enough. Maybe you can go a bit further, but whatever you do, make sure that it's appropriate. Make sure that it's not too pushy, but I'm pretty sure you can figure out something that is equally creative and maybe still in your comfort zone. All right, I'm super happy that you went through the four chapters. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. I really hope that now you have taken some good notes. You will download the template. You'll adapt it to fit your own story. And you will actually have the c V that can get you the first interview. I'm really rooting for you. And I hope that you enjoyed this video. Of course. Thank you so much for watching and see you in the next video, but