Resume Writing Tips
The CV is a tool with one specific purpose: to win you an interview. It should convince the employer that you have what it takes to be successful in this new position or career.
Resume, no matter how well it is written, can not guarantee a job for you. But a good resume will attract recruitment company consultant or HR manager of the employer and will help you to win the interview.
Think that your resume is a handout which moves you to the aim. You have to disclose all your professional achievements and experience to the prospective employer, which can be used by him.
The advice given below is intended as assistance to ensure your resume, your work history and achievements are shown in an easily readable and clear format.
Many people use different methods to begin their CV or resume. Below are some ideas you should consider:
Always start your resume with the most recent role first and work back. This is the most relevant information, not what you may have done straight after university.
Check that any career breaks or gaps between roles are fully explained. Recruiters and employers take references and this is always checked. Within each job use bullet points to show your achievements reasons for moving and key responsibilities. The usual format is to show the month and year of joining and leaving for each period of employment — e.g. Jan 2002 – Nov 2005.
This does not mean 5 pages per company – keep it interesting but concise. Remember, you do not have to give much detailed information regarding a role 12 years ago unless it would support your current application. A brief description about very earlier career roles is normally sufficient.
You should include only skills that are relevant to your career and the job for which you are applying. Depending on the role, the addition of some sport (team or individual) and achievement statements can be beneficial to give an insight. Keep this short.
More than 2 or 3 pages is asking a lot from a busy hiring manager's time and your aim is to maintain their interest until the last word, not just the introduction.
It is best to use Microsoft Word ".doc" format as it is compatible with most job boards, database software and recruiters' / clients own applicant tracking system.
Avoid the use of power point files, colored fonts, excessive bold / highlighting / italics and overuse of images or logos.
If you do attach a photo make it small i.e. thumbnail size is enough and please smile, after all clients hire happy productive and achieving people.
Spell Check - always do the ABC!!
This can be achieved by using certain emotive, expressive words that encourage the reader's attention and interest. Here is a selection, not a full list, of often used words to help your thought process.
Responsibility Achieved Direction Implemented Reputation Adapt Diversified Implementation Adaptable Delivered Structured Ambition Delegated Motivation Strengths Aptitude Motivated
Stimulating Accredited Effective Managed Supervised Adaptable Efficient Success Adaptability Exceeded Negotiated Succeeded Advantage Established Negotiation Accomplished Enthusiasm Trustworthy Attribute Extended Opportunity Thorough Attributes Eliminating Organised Transition Original Confident Flexible Objectives Versatile Consolidating Flexibility Credited Formulated Personality Credit Progressive Controlled Honest Consistent Qualities Creative Influence Consistency Influential Reliable Impact Directed Ability
Have up to date contact data. Be careful if you are using "funny" personal email addresses, it won't get you interviews!
If you are sending your cv from work or entering it online, watch for replies!
- No more than three pages, if possible
- Check your spelling and grammar
- Keywords & Bullet Points
- Sales Statement - does it excite you?
- Consistent, simple layout
- Explain Career gaps / breaks
- Use Times New Roman as a font, 12th size, and try to keep all but the headings the same size font easier to read
- If you send a photo - smile!
The CV is just the start!
Remember: the application starts with the CV, but it does hopefully not end with it. If you put an effort to your CV you hopefully get an interview, and then you will have the opportunity to further discuss your qualities.
In fact, it is best to only hint at some things in your CV. Leave the reader wanting more. That way, they have even more reason to reach for the phone and ask you to come to an interview.
Good Luck writing your CV!