Think of your CV as a showcase for the hiring manager. Hence, your CV must be clear and legible. Here are the main parts you should have on your CV:
- Training: as a student, the training part is often the longest one. However, do not spend too much time on it: your education attests to your skills, but also to those of every other student in your school. Briefly recall your background, especially if it has brought you technical or personal skills.
- Professional experiences: if you are looking for an internship, it means you are still new to the workforce. And this is completely normal! So no need to go back to middle school or to invent experiences. On the contrary, even if you only have one experience, do not hesitate to elaborate on it. Show what it has brought you and how it has trained you.
- Technical skills: these "hard skills" are the skills you acquired during your education. You can prove them with your diploma or by demonstrating them in your area of expertise. Unlike what you may think, technical skills are more of a prerequisite than a real asset to stand out for a job: it is normal for a translator to speak English, for an engineer to master CAD and for a trader to decipher market curves.
Hence, to support these "hard skills", you will need to prove your "soft skills"
. These skills are genuine human skills and, unlike hard skills, can't be proved by concrete evidence. Nevertheless, soft skills are still important, especially for speculative internships. For instance, the company may not be looking for a marketing assistant. However, your spirit of initiative, your enthusiasm and your interpersonal skills make you a crucial asset!