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Create a Great CV or Resume
The purpose of a CV or resume is to highlight your qualifications
and get you an interview. Your CV or resume, along with your cover
letter, introduces you to an employer. It lets him/her
know about you and what you have to offer.
The perfect CV or resume is targeted to the specifics of the job
description. Tailoring your resume shows that you've
done your homework and highlights the skills you possess
that are relevant to the job.
CVs or resumes can follow a variety of styles and formats, but most
contain the same basic information:
Details about you:
This section includes basic contact information,
including your name, mailing address, phone number, and
email address. If you have a Web site that is relevant
to the job for which you’re applying, include that here,
This is really just a brief description of your
immediate career goals. The key is to keep it short and
concise and to make it relevant to the job, which you
are applying for. If your objective is vague, leave it
This section details your past and current educational
details. List degrees, diplomas, or certificates you
have earned or are working toward. Start with the most
recent and work your way back. Include the name of the
school, degree, date, and any academic achievements.
This is a summary of your work experience. List your
most recent or current job first and work your way back.
Include your job title, the name and location of the
company, and the dates you worked. Describe your job
duties and achievements briefly using strong action
verbs (see sell your experience below for a list of
words to use). Military and volunteer experiences
may be included here or detailed in another section.
you have done a lot of volunteer work, list it in its
own section. Include where you volunteered and briefly
describe what you did and when you did it.
Interests and Extra Activities:
This section can be used to highlight skills that were
not gained through work or education, but are relevant
to the job, which you are applying for. These may
include leadership or teamwork skills you picked up
through professional clubs, academic teams, or organised
Use this to highlight special skills you possess that
are directly related to the job, which you are applying
for. This is a good place to detail any computer
experience and list the programs you are familiar with.
This is always the last section of your CV or resume, but
references need not actually be included in the CV or
itself. Your best bet is to say "References Available
upon Request" and to keep a separate sheet with your
references detailed handy. It is also a good idea to
contact the proposed reference provider and ask them if
you can give their name for reference purposes.
Employers are interested in what you have done. Use
action words to tell them. They are clear, concise and
direct and are all strengths that will impress most
employers in an interview. The strong words to include
Achieved, Administered, Analysed, Assembled
Collaborated, Composed, Constructed, Coordinated,
Demonstrated, Developed, Drafted
Implemented, Improved, Interpreted
Obtained, Operated, Organised, Originated, Oversaw
Performed, Produced, Reorganised, Reported, Researched,
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