Career ranks third on the list of factors with the greatest impact on the quality of life and mental health of man, after the health and loss of a significant person (death or divorce).
With the increase of the extrinsic motivation of the material invoice and of the motivation of (self) professional accomplishment, the occupation of a job in the conditions of an increasingly fierce competitiveness, led to the sophistication not only of the strategies of the human resource recruiters, but also to ways of persuasion of them by the candidates, of adapting to the limited time allocated to the selection, to the higher and higher exigencies.
This fact produced the elaboration of concise, clear, objective Resumes but also with a high degree of originality, in order to highlight the candidate and to catch the employer’s attention more easily.
In this sense, there are a variety of Resumes templates, some classic, accepted especially by public institutions, others more flexible, approved especially by private or multinational companies.
Many shipping companies have their own preformatted Resume template. (Resume Application Form).
Regardless of the model we subscribe to, the Resume is a personalized way to highlight the competencies, skills, talents, personality traits, educational and professional experience you have in accordance with the requirements of the place. the job you want to get.
The Resume is not a simple snapshot of the past that presents historical and integrated photographs in a vertical hierarchical organization, but must provide pertinent evidence of the potential for future fulfillment in a dynamic and nonlinear world of professions.
The Resume is always accompanied by the Letter of Intent and aims to provide answers to an essential question that the employer asks: “What can you offer us?”
The elements of a Resume as pillars of self-assessment are structured as follows:
- Personal details;
- Personal Commitment (What do you offer? List transferable competencies and examples to prove and highlight them. Be in agreement with the Company Commitment!);
- Career or Professional Experience (in chronological order);
- Other information (Foreign Languages, PC Skills, Hobbies);
Resume writing recommendations
The purpose of recruitment is rather to filter, to reduce the risk of employment, therefore, first the elimination of candidates is used to reduce the number of people to be interviewed.
A first quick reading of the Resume does not take more than 20-30 seconds, so you have 30 seconds to impress the employer and get away from the other candidates (Who are you? What and how do you know? Where? ).
Given that the first impression matters, your Resume should not contain more than 1-2 pages.
The role of the Resume is to ensure your presentation at a job interview.
Get your future employer to select you!
Rather than “selling” your skills, the company is more likely to “buy them!”
For this, you need to create the psychological perception of familiarity, of belonging to the concerns, interests and scale of values of the company, of common language, of being empathetic by putting yourself in their place, thinking and acting like them.
Sounds cynical but the company hires candidates who are able to meet its needs and development and performance strategies, not personal ones!
The ideal situation is when the candidate’s career goals coincide with those of the company.
Analyze and understand the Company’s commitment: who the employers are, what they do, how they do it.
If we understand what the DNA of the career is, we can analyze the DNA of the job defined by specialized technical skills, based on knowledge, skills, abilities, personality they need to fulfill their company’s commitment.
This DNA is synthesized in the job description in the form of what you need to know, do, be: job description, purpose, employee responsibilities, skills, knowledge, previous experience.
Examine the company: what strategies does it have, what are its rivals, about its annual reports, press releases, biography of the management team or of the person who can interview you, if you know someone who works there …
Remember the words, phrases, keywords that the company uses to describe the job and use them, along with the language of the accomplishments – the transferable skills – in writing the Resume.
When writing your Resume, constantly refer to the company’s concerns and objectives with dedication, self-confidence, confidence.
Writing conditions: in the upper right part, you will write your contact details: address, telephone, e-mail and instead of Title (CV or Resume), you will write your name in visible characters. Spelling and grammar must be impeccable.
The objective summarizes what you intend to do in accordance with the responsibilities of the position for which you are applying.
It would be preferable for the objective not to be very specialized for the first job, but to have a general and long-term grade (developing a career in the field …)
A paragraph states the Personal Commitment that must show what value, benefits you bring to the company, why you are the one who has what the employer is looking for.
For the first job, education is the most important asset you have, that’s why I thought of Education before Professional Experience.
It would be preferable for you to emphasize here that you are a graduate of a prestigious higher education institution in the navy, either undergraduate or master’s degree (chronologically, you will enter first the master’s degree, then the license).
You could also highlight the school results if they value you: the grades obtained, if you were among the first in your year, if you excelled in certain specialized disciplines, the title of your bachelor’s thesis or dissertation if they are relevant for the job.
Honestly present the results so that your Resume has credibility!
Awards, diplomas, distinctions
If you have such results after participating in competitions, scientific communication sessions, participation in research projects, merit scholarships or awarded by an organization, internships abroad, it is good to mention them separately, with supporting evidence, to stand out easier.
The experience must first include the internships in which you participated and the results obtained, volunteer activities, part-time jobs or seasonal jobs in the field.
Essential in this regard is to convince the employer that you have the potential to grow, that you are progressing fast, that you have improved your performance from simple tasks to increasingly complex responsibilities and that you are able to face new challenges.
Introduce yourself as a person with leadership potential, with strategic thinking, tolerance of uncertainty and stress, attention to detail, skills to work in a multicultural team, communication skills, strong motivation for self-realization.
Other information: it would be preferable to write down diplomas / certificates obtained attesting the level of knowledge for foreign languages, PC and other.
Hobbies humanize the Resume, present you as a living, passionate, energetic person, giving reports about other personality attributes that can become transferable skills for the position in question.
The role of the people who give you references is to confirm the veracity of what you say.
It is preferable to talk to these people in advance, inform them of the position you are applying for and ask for their consent.
Below you will find the model of a European CV (Resume), with the possibility of completing it online, taking into account the above tips.