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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, too.

Objective: 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 out.

Education: 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.

Work Experience: 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.

Volunteer Experience: If 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 sports.

Skills: 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.

References: This is always the last section of your CV or resume, but references need not actually be included in the CV or resume 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.

Sell your experience

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 are: 

Achieved, Administered, Analysed, Assembled
Budgeted
Collaborated, Composed, Constructed, Coordinated, Created
Demonstrated, Developed, Drafted
Established, Expanded,
Generated
Implemented, Improved, Interpreted
Launched
Maintained
Negotiated
Obtained, Operated, Organised, Originated, Oversaw
Performed, Produced, Reorganised, Reported, Researched, Resolved

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