Your CV or resume.

It’s just a list of what I’ve done. Simple! Don’t be so sure. This is your best marketing tool. Think of it as your own personal advertisement.

*The US and other countries use the word resume. In Europe, the term CV or Curriculum Vitae is more commonly used. 

 

Before you start, remember the basics

  • You need to make a good first impression. Your resume is the tool to sell yourself. It needs to stand out – for the right reasons. A good resume is key to help you get the interview.
  • Be honest and factual, don’t exaggerate and make sure all the content is up-to-date - keep your resume and on-line profiles updated at all times.
  • Remember, the reader is asking themselves two basic questions: can you do the job and will you fit their organisation?

 

This is what you should include:

  • Your personal details, such as: your name, address, telephone number and e-mail. Make sure you can be contacted! Don’t put your work phone number or e-mail – this is not professional.
  • If you decide to include a photo (and it’s up to you - unless you are specifically asked to do so) then make sure it’s a professional one!
  • Career history or work experience. Put the most recent first. Include your exact job title, the company name and the period of employment. Write a short description of your role and key tasks or responsibilities, the skills you developed and your achievements. Keep it simple, snappy and relevant to the job you are applying for - read the job advert carefully!
    • Don’t leave gaps – if you travelled, did volunteer work, took time off or were unemployed, say it.
    • If you don’t have any work experience yet, then we can show you what to include here. Visit the page ‘I have little or no work experience’  ((Can we link it?))
  • Qualifications and education in chronological order with the most recent first. List your school-leavers certificates, university degree or the course you are currently on. Any qualifications from training.
  • Skills, such as proficiency in a language and computer skills – judge yourself unless you have certificates – and be honest, you may be tested!
  • Hobbies and interests: if it is common in your country, include a short section on your hobbies and interests.
  • References: if it is common in your country to attach references or provide names of people who can give a reference for you (after checking with them first), then do so.
  • Make your resume findable: use keywords that are related to the job you are applying for. Most companies today use search engines to find candidates in their databases or on-line.

 

Looks do count

  • Make your resume well-structured, clear and concise
  • Keep it to 2 pages, maximum 3. If you are new to the job market – it will probably be 1 page.
  • A standard font is fine – don’t use fancy or gimmicky ones
  • The language you use should be formal and clear
  • Avoid too much jargon and abbreviations
  • Check the spelling and grammar! Please!

 

And don’t forget that cover letter or e-mail we told you about!

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