Tips on putting together a resume/CV
Literally translated, the words curriculum vitae mean “story of your life”. Your CV is an essential tool to market yourself so it is important to think about whether this potential door opener is making the best possible first impression. It is imperative therefore that it is clearly laid out, to give quick and easy reference to the salient points in your life. Size does matter, keep it concise, do not include irrelevant or too much information, be precise and to the point. Instead let your experience, skills and results driven descriptions make the case for you.
Imagine your CV as being a brochure that will list the benefits of a particular service. The service being your time and skills! When writing a CV, look at it from the employer’s point of view. Would you stand out against the competition and would they want to talk to you further? You have to ask yourself these questions when writing your CV and ensure too that the layout promotes this.
Presentation is important, but too much – i.e. borders, photos, fancy fonts etc. – are not necessary – especially in today’s computer age, where these things may make downloading your CV too time consuming or impossible, and may get your CV eliminated before being viewed. The best presentation is a clearly laid out, point form type, that is easy to skim through and at the same time attract attention to the salient points about you. Double check your resume for errors of fact, typos, spelling errors, formatting issues or omissions.
A covering letter sent with your CV, should be aimed specifically at the position you are requiring, or if a general application then give details of what it is you are looking for. It is important to remember that you will be referenced and therefore it is best to be upfront and honest about your experiences/details.