A curriculum vitae or CV is a personal marketing tool that tells recruiters who you are, what you have accomplished and what you are capable of. Your CV should:

1. reveal your personality: a recruiter should get an impression of the person behind the CV, rather than just finding an enumeration of dry facts.

2. trigger the attention of the recruiter: a recruiter should get just enough information to be willing to invite you for an interview.

3. offer transparency: a recruiter should be offered a CV with a clear, logical, consistent structure and a professional layout.

An attractive and to-the-point CV, tailor-made to the specific needs and demands of a particular employer can make a world of difference. Remember that a CV is often the first contact between you and the recruiter and you only have one chance to make a good impression.