If you are looking for a job or planning to change your current one, after creating a profile and a Job on Ubicanica.jobs, you should take the time to write a good resume and upload it to your profile. You can then choose at which step of contact you want to disclose it on the platform. A carefully created Job is very important for the matching process on Ubicanica.jobs. But after this intial step, your CV will play a fundamental role in the selection process. There are a lot of misconceptions around what a good resume is, so we have put together the most important aspects you need to consider.
Dos and Don’ts
- Pay attention to the requirements of the job vacancy and emphasize the relevant aspects in your CV. A good CV is be tailored to each job you apply for to make sure that it contains the information which is most relevant to the recruiter.
- Keep the information in your resume up-to-date, clear and concise – a CV should consist of no more than two pages.
- Make your CV legible. Organize the content to make each section easy to identify and locate. Use fonts that are easy to read, such as Arial and Times New Roman. Use font size 10 for general text, size 12 and or bold only for emphasis and titles.
- Make your CV visually appealing. Choose fresh and modern colors that relate to your personality and professional area. You can make use of simple icons or other graphic elements as visual guides to identify the various sections of your CV. But do not overdo it. The design should look clean and professional.
You can find many modern and versatile CV templates online.
- Pay strict attention to spelling. Review your CV before posting or printing it or ask someone to read it through for you.
- Create a pdf to submit electronically. This will preserve the formatting of your CV.
- Do not include a selfie or photo of yourself cut from a group image, or with informal or very low-cut clothing; if you don’t have a suitable portrait photo, leave it out.
- Do not lie. This can affect the whole recruiting process and future hiring.
What to include in your CV
If you are looking for your first job, check out our recommendations for your CV in the next section. If you already have work experience, experts in Nicaragua recommend including the following elements:
1. Personal information. This should be the first section of the CV. It should include full name, ID number, date of birth, marital status, telephone numbers, e-mail and home address. Make sure your email address is professional, including your name, surname and maybe a number if it is already taken, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a suitable photograph, you should include it in this section.
2. Brief summary of your profile. This section should include the most relevant information on your recent achievements, highlighting how you stand out professionally in terms of experience, training, skills and specialization. You could state this in numerical terms: if you are a mechanical engineer, for example, indicate how you improved the failure rate of machinery, the impact on costs and the reduction of parts inventory for repairs.
3. Qualifications. List technical or university training, diplomas or degrees that relate to the position you are applying for – in chronological order, starting with the most recent. Keep the list relevant: only include courses and workshops that add value, and don’t list anything below high school level (primary, secondary or others).
4. Work experience. List every job you have had and include the following details for each job: name of the organization, position, duration of employment, activities or responsibilities. This section should also be in chronological order, starting with the most recent.
5. Languages. List all languages you speak including levels – Numerical levels can vary across educational institutions, so indicate the level as a percentage of mastery or in form of a standard certificate.
6. Personal and professional references. Include two personal and two professional references if possible, with names, place of work, position and telephone number. Tell them that you are including them as references.
7. Extracurricular activities. This information is not necessary but could provide differential value in a selection process. This is also where any memberships can be listed. Extracurricular activities should be positive activities that nurture skills such as leadership, teamwork or dedication relating to the targeted position.
What to include – for career starters
When starting the job search process, an attractive resume that highlights your training and showcases your professional experience is essential. However, if you are a career starter, you may not have experience in the field you want to enter professionally. In this case, there are still many skills and abilities that you can highlight to bring you closer to your first work experience.
The structure of your resume will differ from that of an experienced professional: it will focus on other aspects, such as academic training, achievements, professional goal, internships, volunteer work, language skills, etc. To achieve this, we suggest you include the following:
1. Personal and contact information. As for experienced professionals, place your personal information at the top. (see above)
2. Professional objective. Your curriculum vitae is your letter of introduction. Therefore, it is important that you emphasize what your objective is as a professional. This shouldn’t be too long; two or three lines will be enough to make it clear what you are looking for in a job opportunity, what you hope to achieve, how you can contribute, etc. Thus, a good example of professional objective is the following: "To apply my knowledge in the accounting area of the company, to develop professionally, executing with efficiency all those responsibilities that are entrusted to me, to contribute to the fulfillment of the institutional objectives in the short, medium and long term".
3. Education and training. In a CV without experience it is indispensable to highlight your education and training. Every extracurricular course counts. Therefore, in addition to highlighting your technical or university training, if applicable, you should include information related to other courses, workshops, diplomas, seminars, etc., you have participated in.
4. Internships and volunteer work. Although many companies do not count these experiences as professional, the truth is that they are of great help when putting into practice the knowledge and skills acquired in theoretical training. For this reason, it is important to highlight any internships and volunteer work you completed, detailing your tasks and responsibilities, as well as the relevance of these internships for professional training.
5. Skills and competences. Finally, you should dedicate a section of your résumé to highlighting your main skills, both professional and personal, as well as the competencies that you possess. For instance, you could highlight your flair for numbers, your aptitude for leading large work groups, or your computer skills.