Our tips for a successful cv in France

The Curriculum Vitae is a must for any job application, whatever the position. It complements the essential portfolio, which you can learn more about in our article on tips for a better architect or designer portfolio. The CV is the presentation of your background and skills.

Regarding the presentation, the CV should be A4 in portrait format to facilitate reading. It must be separate from the portfolio, either in digital or paper version. For a junior architect, all the information should fit on one page. Long CVs are only suitable for experienced profiles with a lot of experience.

34.5 seconds is the average reading time of an application *

This document represents your application, so your goal is to be called back for one or more interviews. To do so, don’t forget the essentials: first name, surname, telephone number and e-mail address. You can add to this personal information your age, the link to your Linkedin profile, or your postal address, but it is not mandatory !

Your career path is presented in a reverse chronology, i.e. the most recent experience is presented first. For each experience, give the agency or company name, the exact duration of the activity, the job title and the type of contract. Then, for each experience, specify the projects and phases you worked on.

This is not a self-expression space. Forget about superficial graphics, pictures of your projects and long texts about how your grandmother gave you a taste for architecture through her apple pie. CVs are about facts, and they should be as objective as possible !

28% of applications are read from a smartphone *

The burning question: should you put a photo or not ? The first thing to know is that a picture is not an obligation. A photo can be very well received on a CV as a picture is worth a thousand words. And recruiters who see hundreds of applications will better retain those with a picture.

On the other hand, be careful not to be retained in the memory of recruiters for the wrong reasons! Indeed, the picture can quickly turn into a disqualifying element in your application. So forget about selfies in front of the bathroom mirror or portraits in your swimsuit on the beach. It is better not to include photography than a bad one. If you want to include a photo, it should be of good quality, not pixelated and professional. And don’t forget to smile!

Once you have completed your CV and portfolio, all you have to do is to apply!

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* Source: Tilkee

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