We held our first English CV Workshop for the fall semester yesterday afternoon. 15 motivated and driven students and alumni from various programmes attended the workshop, which made for a very interactive hour and a half!
A few interesting things that came up during our discussion are as follows:
- Nuances of a Swedish CV — Photo or no photo, personal information or none? Unlike some other countries, it’s quite accepted to use a photo on a Swedish CV, as it is to include personal information. You must decide whether or not it’s something relevant and useful for you to include, it’s subjective!
- Why should you include your LinkedIn link on your CV, doesn’t it include the same information as a CV? Aren’t you duplicating efforts? Your LinkedIn profile does include duplicate information to your CV, however, it gives the reader additional information that is not provided on your CV such as: recommendations/’references’, endorsements, groups you’ve joined, the breadth of your network, etc.
- Shall I include my references on my CV? References have no business being found on a CV. Recruiters expect that job seekers are prepared to provide references when asked, and references should be provided on a separate document. You are only wasting precious space on your CV by including reference information on it, and you are only stating the obvious!
We are holding a cover letter workshop this afternoon, which makes for a good follow-up workshop to attend to this one. Additionally, we have CV video workshops coming up around the corner as well. If you would like to be ahead of the game when it comes to marketing yourself in today’s job market, then we highly suggest that you join us for our exciting upcoming workshops.
We, Annie and Peter at Careers Service, welcome your attendance!
Annie, Careers Service