HOW TO WRITE YOUR CV
Are you applying for an internship? If the answer is yes, we have decided to put together a few tips & tricks on how to write your CV and maximize your chances of passing our selection process. As you probably know, the CV is the first contact an organization has with its candidates. Having a good CV is key to obtaining the internship that you really want. That being said, check out the tips we have prepared for you:
Build your CV in English
Although our company functions in Portugal and it might seem like a nice touch to create your CV in Portuguese, all the communication with the interns and the companies is done in English. Moreover, recruiters working at PiP have different nationalities and some of them do not speak Portuguese.
Know the information you are using
This might seem like a no-brainer, but use REAL information. It is always better to have a truthful, but more modest CV, rather than a complex one containing inaccurate information. By using false information, you might end up in a position that does not suit your profile, and neither you or the company will benefit from this situation.
Use a simple template
Some people like to visually enhance their CV, so they decide using designs that catch your eye. We suggest using a standardised template that keeps it concise. A popular example of such a template is Europass (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/en/cv/compose )
No more than one image
Please do not attach more than one image on your CV, as this is not necessary. If you add an image it must have decent quality and must depict yourself normally such as the pictures you take for your driving license, passport, ID etc. Using an image from one of the parties you attended might make you look cool, but I guarantee it will lower the chances of you obtaining the internship, besides making you look unprofessional.
Keep it succinct
Some people enjoy getting into really tiny details about their previous work experience and education. Recruiters receive a lot of profiles to revise, so probably they might not want to spend more than a few minutes reading all the details. Also, endlessly scrolling through the pages of a candidate’s CV can be quite unpleasant. One page should be enough to deliver all the information. If needed, we will ask you to go into more details at the interview.
Relevance, clarity and comprehensibility
The information you use to describe yourself and your past experiences should be relevant, clear and comprehensible. In most cases, it must either be related to the domain you are applying for or it must tell something about yourself, characterize you as an individual. Furthermore, when detailing past events or your background, list them by using a reverse chronological order (start with more recent experiences).
This is not as essential as the other steps, but it is still worth mentioning. Most people write their CV in Microsoft Word. After you finish editing up the last details, we recommend converting it to PDF. This will facilitate the reading because sometimes when you attach a Word file, the pictures or information can be modified depending of the computer.
It is crucial to double check your CV after you have built it. Double-check for any grammatical errors or typos, just as you would with any text you write. Having a flawless CV can go a long way!
In conclusion, the CV is the tool you use to present yourself. Take into account all the tips above to build the best version of your CV. Remember you can have the most attractive, perfectly aligned and expertly written CV out there, but at the end of the day, the contents will always be prioritised.