Tips From the Industry
Resume: "Engineers : No fancy in the way you display/format your resume."
"The reading of your resume must not disturb the reader."
"Think about the content of each section, do not fill out your resume to make it more experienced : this will be obvious!"
"Picture: If you do not have any preliminary meeting with the person you are going to send your application, do not include a picture."
"Miscellaneous section : do not mention commonplace such as : reading, cinema. I suggest you to include things that bright up your personality such as : humanitarian experience, travel in Europe, and so forth."
"Education: do not mention your study before the "Bac" for juniors, and before "études supérieures" for experienced people"
"Internship: Mention dates, period, position, objectives, results, figures, developped skills..."
Resume: "1 page, clear, synthetic"
"Up/top part of your resume: your profile + objective Ex : Ingénieur Telecom - Objectif : stage 6 mois à compter de...."
"For technical profiles: give a list of techical skills you acquired : infomatic, software etc."
"Picture: not necessary."
"Interest section: not necessary- except for humanitarian experience or specific activities (regularly practiced)."
Cover letter: "Personalize as much as possible your cover letter for the position, internship or the company."
"Adapter un minimum sa lettre de motivation au poste ou au stage ciblé, et à l'entreprise"
Interview: "Before the interview: pick up as much as possible some information regarding the company, activities, products."
"Stay natural and do not over play."
"Be capable to explain your background, choices, objectives."
"Through your professional experiences: be capable to list your weaknesses (to improve)and main strength."
"Feel free to question the employeur."
"You need to be ready for a phone interview: never accept an interview without having been told in advance"
"Assessment center: talk, interact with the others, be yourself"
"Allow close to 1 day to prepare an interview (do a self assessment to know yourself and your expectations, learn about the company, prepare your questions...)"
"Unsolicited applications: it works!"
"No spelling errors in your CV / cover letter: ask a friend to correct them"
"If you change your plans, let the recruiter know ASAP"