How to Write a CV or Resume that Catches an Employer’s or Recruiter’s Attention
- Clear and Professional: To include your Profile at the top, followed by headings for: Summary Statement, Employment History, Education, Hobbies. You may also want to add Associations. Better to avoid when possible icons or graphics. Use a font that is readable. Don’t try to be creative, unless the role requires artistic or graphic skills.
- Length: Keep it concise and to the point (one to two pages). One is best. If you are seeking an academic, medical or legal role, your CV may be more than the one to two pages format.
- Spelling: Have your CV proofread by someone else before sending it out.
- Key words: Check the job description for the unique key words relevant to the requirements and profile. Use them, where possible, throughout your CV.
- Summary Statement: A CV or Resume Summary Statement is found at the top, after the profile details. It is a summary of your qualifications for the position. How to write a Summary Statement, is the topic of a future article.
- Employment History: List each employment in chronological order (with the most recent first). For each, list a summary of your responsibilities. Under the responsibilities, use bullet points to highlight your accomplishments. If you have a long career history where the beginning of your career is not relevant to your recent positions or career goals, then it is sometimes not necessary to add these first employments. There is no general rule on how many years’ experience to note on your CV. It will all depend on the position you are applying for and the relevance of the first employments to this.
- Education: If you have completed higher education (E.g. PhD, Masters, MBA, Degree), you don’t need to add your secondary education. Any Awards you received, should be added, as well as any study you are currently undertaking. If your level of education is a requirement to the role in question, insert it in the Summary Statement.
- Honesty: Do not lie about work experience, accomplishments or education.