Substantial Tips for Your First CV and Resume
September 5, 2017
There is nothing more exciting than completing your first resume. It is a period in your life, when you already have enough skills and knowledge to enter the employment market but still lack experience to compete with older employees. That is why you need to create an outstanding and thoughtful CV that will concentrate on your skills and show how the company will benefit from hiring you. Follow these simple tips and you will surely find the job of your dreams.
What Your CV Should Consist of
Take some time to think of your advantages and try to emphasize them in your resume. But don’t be pushy and never provide false information. The best tactic is to be honest and straight-to-the-point. If your strongest selling point is your academic degree, make sure that you not only describe your specialty but also give full information about the skills it has provided.
If it is a technical CV, make sure that you include all your projects and work-related experience. It is also possible to write your average score if it is high and can be a bonus to your resume.
This part of the CV is the most difficult for a graduate, so you should take the maximum out of your limited experience and present it in the best possible way. The key to success is not just to write the name of the company and your position but also to describe the skills you have obtained. Try to make them sound useful to the employer. For example, if you have worked with a new software, you can write that you are capable of learning how to deal with new equipment.
Job-related or other Skills
If you lack experience, you can make a good impression by describing your personal skills and abilities. Even if you don’t have many job-related skills, you can always write about the things you are good at with relevant links to samples of your work.
For example, if you have written a website or mastered a complex software, you should definitely indicate it in your CV. If you are fluent in a foreign language, it can also be a big plus, so don’t hesitate to mention it.
Even if you think that some skills are not related to the job you are willing to take, you may include them and mention how they can be useful for the employer.
These might be your achievements at school or college, not depending whether they are directly related to the type of job you are going to take. For example, you can describe your leadership skills by having participated in various committees and events. You can write about your sport achievements or academic rewards, which are related to your future job.
It will be a big plus if you have taken part in various volunteering and civil organizations. This may tell the employers that you are committed to the scommunity and have other interests, apart from those, which are directly connected to the job.
Structure of Various CV Types
You should never forget about the importance and the structure of your CV; it should follow a common and clear sample to give the reader a chance to easily find necessary data. Don’t forget to put the most important and relevant information on the first page.
If you need to write a technical CV, you should complete it in the following order:
– Personal statement;
– Additional skills and activities;
– References, if any.
If you are writing a non-technical CV, you should indicate skills and activities after work experience. Remember to write a personalized resume, which corresponds with the company’s requirements. Don’t send the same CV to multiple enterprises — these often end up in a recycle bin.
Length and Formatting
An average resume should be two pages long. If it is too short, you may seem inexperienced. On the contrary, if it is too long, it might be boring to the reader.
Formatting is crucial. You need to follow the rules to have a good-looking CV.
First, you need to make sure that all the sections have the same font and size. Don’t forget about the spaces, lining and so on. If you want to highlight something, use italics.
If you are uncertain if you are doing everything right, ask your friends to take a look and make changes if needed.
Remember that CV is your face and it should be interesting enough for the employer to want to invite you for an interview, so pay attention to every line you write.
Brandon Grondwrint is the co-founder of a headhunting agency, helping people with various backgrounds to find the job of their dreams.
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