What is the problem of your CV?
5 tips to make a perfect one.
Why is your Curriculum Vitae (CV) so Important?
The viewer is neither your friend nor your family, he or she has never met or talked to you. They only know who you are upon flipping through your CV, those 30 seconds would be just enough to decide whether or not you deserve a chance for a follow-up interview.
In circumstances where all the applicants are on the same starting line, CV is the strongest tool that comes in handy and makes you stand out. It would also be the only chance for you to make an impression on the panel!
Here are the 6 Tips to polish up your CV!
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#1: Take the Less Is More Approach: Be As Concise As Possible
View your CV as a 15 seconds commerce, just like the advertising posters or leaflets that you have seen and received on the street. It has to have a hook and engage the viewer, or it’s lost.
It is strongly recommended that your CV should stick to one font and one colour (e.g. Black and White), you should never make words colourful or use various fonts as it will only make your CV looks not professional.
Utilise the white space, it is not asking you to fully fill the whole sheet with words but you should avoid there is obvious blank space without anything.
#2: Move the Most Important Elements to the Beginning of Your Resume
Most of the hiring managers confess to not having the time to scan more than the first third of any resume. Therefore, you should start with a headline that clearly identifies you or the job that you are seeking. Then, follow the headline with a more detailed branding statement or a qualifications summary. It would definitely help catching the viewer’s attention if you can bold the sub-headlines as well .
#3: Modify Work Descriptions to Focus on Specific Accomplishments and Impacts
Describe how your past working experience helps you to be a good fit for the job that you are applying, such as including some similar past working experiences that are related to the job title that you are applying for. You should try to mention some leadership experiences as well, as this is an essential skill that every company would like their employees to be equipped with.
#4: Give Precise Keywords based on the job you seek
Keywords have to be precise, “hard” skills such as job-specific skills and profession-specific skills, technological terms such as Python, VBA, HTML, CSS, and descriptions of technical expertise that are related to the position you are applying to.
#5: Check: Fix Grammar, Spelling, Typos
“Details create the big picture.” – Sanford I. Weill
Details of your CV always decide your chances of success, as the details can reflect one’s seriousness and carefulness. If you are applying for a job title of a teacher, but you have made a grammar or spelling mistake on your CV, it would severely lower your creditability of what you claim to possess, such as being alert to mistakes and problems.
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