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How to make a CV that opens the right doors for you?

29 2017 September
INCAE Masters

Based on the Webinar "What does your CV say about you?", taught by MBA. Jorge Lépiz, expert in Recruitment and Human Resources.

The first impression always counts. Your resume can be that good first impression that moves you through a selection process and leads you to new opportunities. Recruiters spend an estimated 7 seconds to review your resume, among the hundreds of applications they receive; So how can you prove your worth in such a short time?

Being concise and preparing a CV that differentiates you from the other hundreds of people who are competing for the position you want. The recruiter, Jorge Lépiz, recommends that a standard and executive resume should look like this:


Header: Include your personal information such as name, place of residence, telephone, email and identity card. Then introduce yourself. If you know yourself and what you can contribute, show it in no more than three lines.

Avoid the personal goal; for example; "obtain an excellent position in the company that you represent ”.  It ends up being a cliché and an unnecessary waste of space.

Experience: you must put the name of the position and the company. The first must be the most recent and if you were promoted, it is important to include it.

Should all experiences be listed or only the most recent ones? The key is to discriminate which of them have been relevant in terms of time and in relation to the position to which you apply. Always keep in mind that you need to project a strong image, not someone who is constantly changing jobs.

You should never write it in prose. Recruiters see a lot of resumes a day and there is not enough time to read full paragraphs and try to extract the main idea from them, use bullets for easy reading.

It is very valuable that you include what you accomplished in that job in quantitative terms. That is to say; use numbers to exemplify, because they attract attention in the middle of words. For instance: "I increased the client portfolio by 60% ”.

Education: Don't include your elementary or high school education, focus on the highest degrees. Mention your language training, but make sure that the level you write is the real one. If you say it is advanced, you should be able to prove it in the interview.

Complementary courses that are related to the position you are applying for are also very useful. A course can be the cherry on the cake and become a differentiator in your favor. Interested in a sales position? Taking a course in that area can add value to your profile.

References: in that section add the contact of people who can give a good reference to you. It has more weight if it is about former bosses; If you don't have that contact, include at least someone who has met you in a work context, such as a co-worker.


Always display include your email. Avoid those that are childish, complicated, and unprofessional. A Gmail account is the most recommended, with your first and last name.

Make sure that all text has the same font and format.

Can include an “others” section for those extracurricular experiences related to the position. For instance; If you are applying to an NGO and did volunteer work in an organization, mentioning it can give you points in your favor.

Investigate if in your country it is customary to attach a photograph. In places like Costa Rica, it is not seen as good and should be included only for those positions in which it is specified.

Check the spelling and read it as many times as necessary! Some spelling mistakes are very obvious, remember that excellence is always expected. Word proofreader is free and you can use it more than once, so don't be afraid to use it.

Next time, before pressing "Send", take the time to make sure you're really projecting a professional image that opens the doors to the right companies.

This article was originally published on the Blog: Renewed or die, from the newspaper La República. 

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