At the end of the year, the bac and the exams will soon be a bad memory. In a month, the revisions will make way for the holidays. But for many of you, summer won’t just be on the beaches or by the pool, but at work! 

Highlight your Extracurricular Experiences In CV

Whether a student, seasonal or summer, finding a job is not always very easy. Especially when you’re barely out of high school. For Pauline Lahary, founder of MyCVFactory, lack of experience is not necessarily a problem. “ On a CV, you have to highlight all your experiences, ” she advises. Without professional assets, you can detail your extracurricular, associative, sports experiences … ” 

For a summer job, never having worked is therefore not a handicap. Pauline Lahary then suggests using her CV to highlight her profile and her qualities. For example, if you have played sports, “ you can have a competitive spirit or a team spirit ”. Do not hesitate to list or even detail certain qualities, such as customer orientation, smile, dynamism or listening. For the recruitment specialist, the idea is to ” refocus the CV on the person rather than on the experience “.


Resume examples (click to enlarge). © MyCVFactory

Draw a portrait of yourself

Antoine Boudic, the co-founder of Pitch My Job, follows the same principles. “ The purpose of a CV is to draw a portrait of the person and to list his technical characteristics. It is an inventory of oneself. “Without experience, he then advises looking at training, diplomas, internships (” even that of 3rd “), interests, qualities, trips made or dreamed. 

Take care of the presentation

Beyond the substance also comes the question of form. “ The first impression is very important,” recalls Pauline Lahary. We must absolutely avoid a blank page which gives an impression of emptiness ”. To furnish, we can play on the layout, but without cheating. ” Especially not to write in 13 or 14, she warns, that is seen immediately “. The ideal font-size: 11 or 12, no more. On the other hand, like Antoine Boudic, she advises writing small paragraphs ” that we don’t see often, like the profile or even a” why me “. Finally, aesthetics play a key role: “Do not hesitate to arrange the page, to play with colours and graphics. ” 

Name, photo, title and objectives

On the other hand, if ” it is not necessary to have everyone’s CV “, certain information is imperative, starting with the name of the candidate. We must also find the contact details (email address, telephone, postal address), age, license and vehicle if applicable. Antoine Boudic, for whom “every detail is important “, considers the photo as inevitable, when Pauline Lahary appreciates CVs with a title and objectives, which allow “to see from the outset what the candidate wants to do and to orient reading ”.