Why is it essential to have the proper resume and CV?
The first thing your future dream employer will see is your resume or CV. A resume is a description of your abilities that make you competitive in the job market.
Sometimes you may come across the abbreviation CV (Curriculum vitae) - it means "biography" or "course of life", it presents the results of labor, the place of work is not indicated. The resume style is more often aimed at obtaining a specific job, and the CV contains more structured information about a person's career path.
The employer needs to understand from your resume your professional skills, work experience, additional skills, and education, and also answer the question of whether you meet the requirements necessary for this job.
Let's share with you a little secret: you need to write a resume not for the applicant's candidacy but the requirement of a specific employer, taking into account the specifics of the company's business. The same applies to the cover letter, which we will talk about a little later.
Now let's talk about the structure:
- The resume should not exceed one or two A4 pages. If you get more volume, look at the resume objectively - what information you could donate.
- If the resume is one incomplete sheet, the information must be arranged so that the text completely occupies the page.
- Use the same font. Different fonts will look odd and may compromise your "Microsoft Word" skill.
- Use the standard font size 12.
- Separate each section of the resume should from the previous one.
- It is better to make headings bold and/or underlined.
- Be sure to check your spelling!
- It would help if you wrote the resume in simple language.
- There are many templates on the Web where you only need to enter information, then download the resume itself. Feel free to use them.
- Places of work are located from the last one where you worked recently or are still working.
Always focus on your accomplishments and positive information, such as "completed the challenge, scaled up, increased, improved", and so on.
Last but not least, be sure you can validate every point on your resume because recruiters are very considerate and corrosive people. Get referrals from former jobs or former executives.
What mistakes should you avoid when writing a resume?
- Your work activity, education, experience does not meet the requirements for the position;
- Too short resume - perhaps you have nothing to say about yourself, too long - can you highlight the essence of your activity;
- Demonstration of frequent change of jobs without explanation;
- Lack of professional growth;
- Indication of various training courses and seminars (for example, an English course for IT is adjacent to culinary classes;
- An overly detailed resume with a lot of unnecessary information, displays of inappropriate humor will not work.
Let's summarize. Why is it important to correctly draw up a resume or CV?
- A resume is the first thing your future employer sees. And as Allan Pease, speaker, writer, and business coach said, «You never get a second chance to make a first impression!».
- The employer needs to identify your professional skills, work experience quickly. All this should be structured and understandable on the resume.
- Concentrating on your accomplishments increases your chances of success - in this case, for an interview and another job offer.
- Having combed your resume and CV once, you can always do it much faster, if necessary.