Five CV Hacks

Everyone knows how to write a resume, but there are always some differences from a country to country.

1. Do: Put a photo! Although there are many countries where this is not recommendable, Swedes claim a photo will help you to be remembered.

2. Don’t: Use Europass! While many countries prefer Europass format, it is mostly not used in Sweden.

3. Do: Make it short! Unless you work in academia, you should never have more than two page.

4. Don’t: Use CEFR to describe your language proficiency. Common European Framework for Languages is unfortunately completely unknown in Sweden, both in private and public sector. I got confused looks even from employers who needed someone speaking no fewer than four languages. Swedes just use “fluent”, “good”, “basic” and similar descriptive grades, and it seems to work just fine for them.

5. Do: Use all the keywords. Recruiting gets faster and more automatized every day. Although you think it is enough to write you are an architect, try to fit in all the keywords mentioned in the ad, for example, AutoCad, ArchiCad, construction, interior design, residential design, sustainable design and so on.

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