Nowadays, it’s quit difficult of CV/Resume writing. There are many people with good education, skills, and experiences but if they are not hired, then it means that they are failed to represent themselves through CV/Resume and all of their things are then good for nothing. Here in this blog you all will come to know that “How to write an Executive or Professional CV/Resume” to make yourselves get 110% selected.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Dos of CV/RESUME writing.


1.     Detailed CV/RESUME:
Take 2 to 3 days to compose your CV/RESUME. The biggest mistake most candidates make is to throw away a great chance by rushing to an average one. Regard your CV/RESUME and application letter as an important project in progress and give it a polish every couple of months thus developing and improving it even further. You never know when you will be approached by a company and asked for it. Be unambiguous while stating the facts. Your CV/RESUME should be comprehensive and up-to-date so as to render the employer incapable of coming up with any questions in it while analyzing it.

2.     Career/Executive Summary:
Begin your CV/RESUME with an appealing career/executive summary. This will be a synopsis of the whole document for the employer’s ease. A summary becomes very important for professionals with multiple years of experience as it provides a bird-eye view of your background and skill-sets in one single area. Hence it is a section that must be paid extra attention to.

3.     Write important skills at the beginning:
Elucidate your aptitude, competence and expertise as soon as possible in your CV/RESUME. This will make it more impressive and the employer will not have to scan the whole document. It will also enrich him with the information he requires in order to make an interview appointment with you.

4.     Make the CV/RESUME according to the role:
If you have a job description, it is advisable to regulate your CV/RESUME so that it readily highlights the aspects of your experience relevant to the job which you are applying for. CV/RESUME's formulated with a specific role in mind are almost always more successful than those written for any generic position. This is particularly true of graduate applications.

5.     Updated information:
Always state your updated info at the start of your CV/RESUME, i.e., your contact details including name, address, home and mobile telephone numbers and email address. It is imperative to be accessible at all times and under all conditions.

6.     Using bullets:
Using bullets makes a CV/RESUME more concise and easier to scan. So instead of opting for paragraphs, summarize it in the form of bullets.

7.     Use Comprehensible Headings:
Write comprehensible headings while entering your information in your CV/RESUME. Clear headings help in scanning the required data at a glance.

8.     Detailed and explained in paragraphs:
For experienced professionals, job responsibilities should be detailed, explained in paragraphs if required instead of bullets, but easy to read. The more easy the language the more are the chances for an interview call.

9.     Use accurate Information:
Use accurate, concise and slang-free details while composing your professional CV/RESUME. Including flawed information will only call for trouble when you are asked questions in order to verify what you have written in your CV/RESUME.

10.   Just keep it simple:
Keep it simple linguistically and apparently when it comes to producing the ideal “curriculum vitae”. Remember that: “Less is More”.

11.   Do Mention dates:
Cite dates consistently while referring to qualifications and experience. Always start with the most recent credentials and work backwards.

12.   CV/RESUME writing length:
CV/RESUME should not be longer than 1 – 2 pages if you are just starting your career, 2 – 3 pages if you are seeking mid-management positions and 3 – 4 pages if you are seeking senior management positions.

13.   Standard font size:
Use a font size that is large enough to read, 11 or 12 is advisable. No fancy fonts, so keep it simple. Best is to use Times New Roman, Verdana or Arial font styles while composing a CV/RESUME.

14.   Check Spelling:
This is made possible by proof-reading one’s CV/RESUME over and over again. Typos usually turn off employers. Ask a friend to read over your CV/RESUME and cover letter for the rectification of spelling and grammar mistakes or use a spell check. Spelling mistakes portray you as careless and unfocused. A CV/RESUME full of mistakes will end up directly in the trash can. Use present tense for current jobs, keep it consistent and keep the same tense throughout your CV/RESUME.

15.   Make desired job distinguishable:
Make it clear on a covering letter or email which job you are applying for. This will be to your benefit as the employer will be able to judge in a glance whether you are a suitable recruitment for the available job or not.

16.    Demonstrate Technical Skills:
The most effective way to demonstrate technical skills is to provide a breakdown of the projects you’ve worked on. Remember that a project should comprise of the following pieces of information:
• Title
• Timelines
• Number of staff involved
• Technology you used
• Your role
• What you actually did


17.     Make yourself a Selling Tool:
Remember that a CV/RESUME is a very important selling tool. It is a way of persuading a consumer to buy a product, means a company to decide that your skills are worth paying for. You should think about the skills and experience that would appeal to an employer rather than including everything you have done. The “kitchen sink” approach can mean that your relevant skills are lost in your CV/RESUME and are not sold enough.

18.     When can be Available:
Include your availability (e.g., “immediately available” or “4 weeks’ notice”). This will help the employer to make up his mind about whether he can/cannot wait for you as a prospective candidate.

2 comments:

liz ferndanis said...

Resume writing is one of the key document through which you explains about your career and skills. Some of the points one needs to consider while writing resume like clear objective, resume format, be honest, don't make mistakes and experiences.

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