A Curriculum Vitae (CV), sometimes also referred to as an individual’s resume, is a vital document that lists said person’s work experience, education, technical skills and any other pertinent information that might render a job seeker more employable in the job market. This brief blog will highlight several tips job seekers can utilize to ensure their resumes stand out from their competitors.
Keep It Simple
A well-written CV highlights a prospective job candidate’s selling points such as their work experience, educational background, computer skills, languages spoken and other attributes pertinent to a given position. Top resumes include this information succinctly and each said section is authored using simple language. The key factor is to use as few words as possible. Being short and simple allows the job seeker to avoid any wasted words or including unimportant or uninteresting aspects of their backgrounds.
Write Using Power Words
Good resumes convey that the author is accomplished and well-versed, such achievements should be highlighted utilizing strong language. Many employment experts suggest included phrases such as “earned a degree,” achieved said award,” or “supervised a team of said employees.” Using more passive language might give prospective employers the impression that the applicant was more of a follower than a leader or a doer more than an achiever.
Adhere To Proper Formatting
Though sometimes overlooked, utilizing appropriate formatting techniques can play a critical role in whether one’s resume in thoroughly read or not. Would-be job seekers are advised to type using professional font sizes (typically 12-point) and types (e.g. Times New Roman). Moreover, well-authored CV’s do not contain endless chunks of text. Applicants are strongly advised to break text up into bullet points and numbered lists whenever and wherever appropriate. Following such practices will render the document easier to read.
Include A Personal Profile
While inclusion of tenets including one’s education, experience and skills are crucial, so is a personal profile. Prospective employers not only wish to learn what someone has accomplished but also gain some idea of who said individual is on a personal and professional level. Subjects to be covered in a personal profile can include a career objective, such as why said individual is applying to this job; what the applicant hopes to gain from employment at this company; and where the applicant sees him/herself in so many years.