To capture the recruiter’s interest and make your CV easier to read, pay attention to the presentation of your CV and be as clear as possible.
- Follow these basic rules:
- Well spaced out and coherent style
- Titles and sub-titles show graphical hierarchy
- Clearly identified headings: underlines, frames, capitals, etc.
- Maximum of 3 pages
- Minimum 2-cm margins
- Font: 10-point font size – Arial and Tahoma are the most often used
Be clear and concise. Get straight to the point, and cut out useless words. Use short sentences or phrases.
A few tips:
- Add a title to your CV, such as “Junior Business Analyst,” “Certified Business Analyst,” or “Business Systems Analyst.”
- Use bullet lists instead of complete sentences: “Developed requirements specifications” instead of “I developed requirements specifications.”
- Stick to one idea per sentence.
- Use action words:
> Coordinate, evaluate, support, act, transpose, transmit
> Validate, develop, implement, set up
- Use technical terms: “data mapping,” “business intelligence tools,” “detailed functional specifications,” “object-oriented modelling,” etc.
- Clearly identify dates. Never specify days, while months are only relevant for experiences of short duration.
- Avoid unnecessary details: unrelated job experience, languages you are not fluent in, irrelevant software, student work experience if you already have business analysis experience, etc.