Writing or updating your Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume is a right of passage for any potential jobseeker. It is an important document that presents your education, skills.
Here are some resume writing tips that will make your resume stand out amongst fellow candidates.
Constructing the resume. Firstly, a cover letter should accompany your resume that introduces you to the intended recipient. In crafting your resume, it would be helpful to use a professional resume template. (See some below to reference.) This guide will get you started in terms of layout and presents your information in a logical order. This template can also be a resource when it comes to customizing your resume.
Tip: write a custom resume for each job application. Never send the same application to multiple companies.
Formatting. Ensure there are no unnecessary spaces in your CV. Spacing should be kept consistent throughout. Try keeping your CV to 2 pages. Check your formatting of your CV before submitting to the recruiter or potential employer. Ensure your font size is consistent throughout and number the pages.
What to put in the CV.
Work Experience- keep it recent and relevant. Your resume should be a high-level summary of your relevant professional accomplishments. List achievements, experiences, and positions that closely align with the jobs you’re applying for. Use strong action verbs and concrete nouns to demonstrate action and competency. Avoid copying and pasting your job description. Include your key duties and responsibilities.
Education. No need to list every paper and grade completed in graduate and post graduate. Employers need to see: Degree, institution and year completed or year started and expected completion date (include continuing or online education in this section). This shows your determination and motivation to continue acquiring skills needed for your career.
Show some personality. Include your interests in your resume to show some of the activities you do in your free time or organisations you are affiliated with.
References. It is important to approach the right people who are credible for your recommendations: former employers, managers, peers, customers, and clients. Recruiters and HR professionals contact your listed references as proof of your work experience and connections, so choose wisely.
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