Let’s face it. Finding a job - regardless of your level of experience - can be a challenging task. In this blog series, we plan to equip you with the power to land the job of your dreams with 10 helpful tips for the job-seeking ECP. Let’s get started!
Job Search Tip #2: 5 Essential Rules for Preparing a Rock Solid Resume or CV
Building a solid Resume or CV is one of the most important steps you can take in making sure that you are adequately prepared for a successful job search. Every detail, from font to format, is an important element in making your Resume or CV effectively work to get you that coveted interview. That’s why we’ve put together these 5 essential rules as a guide to help you in this important step.
Rule 1: Choose a Format
Before you begin, you need to decide what type of document you plan to create. If you’re searching for an administrative, sales, or other office-type position, a functional or reverse-chronological Resume might be the best option for presenting the most important information about your experience and work history. If you’re searching for a position that requires medical credentials, then a Curriculum Vitae may be the more desirable option - since many employers require a CV rather than or in addition to a Resume for these types of positions. Of course, it’s always best to figure out beforehand what type of document a certain employer wants from you before you submit your application.
Rule 2: Pay Attention to Detail
Paying attention to detail is critical to writing an effective Resume or CV. Always proofread your Resume to ensure that your document is free of spelling and grammatical errors before submitting it to a potential employer. Likewise, be sure to pay attention to spacing, headers, and fonts when constructing your document. Although these things may not seem very important, they can make a big impact in the hiring process when the time comes for a hiring manager to read your document. Small font sizes, improper formatting, and spelling errors don’t typically work in favor of someone who is looking to be taken seriously in the hiring process, regardless of your experience and expertise.
Rule 3: Speak Their Language
When preparing your Resume or CV for a specific job, make sure you scan the job description for key words or phrases the employer is looking for in a potential hire. By aligning the employer’s key words with your experience and skills in your document, you are leveraging your work history to better reflect your level of compatibility with that particular position. In other words, using key words in your Resume or CV will help you establish a better connection with a potential employer because you are essentially speaking their language.
Rule 4: Sell, Sell, Sell!
Even if you’re not searching for a sales position, your Resume or CV needs to speak on your behalf when you’re not in the room to explain yourself to a hiring manager. When writing your document, use content that will highlight your skills and talents to generate more interviews and - ideally - more job offers. This means being short, sweet, and to-the-point in your explanations to successfully demonstrate to a potential employer that you are qualified for the job.
Rule 5: First Things First
As a final rule on writing an effective Resume or CV, we recommend that you highlight the most important information on your document first. This means prioritizing your skills, work history, and experience in your document to catch the attention of hiring managers within the first few seconds of their review. By highlighting your best qualities first, you’re allowing a potential employer to get a good first impression of you without making them dig for it.
Overall, your Resume or CV is the first time an employer will learn about who you are and what you’re all about when they’re trying to make a quick hiring decision. By following these simple rules, you can create a document that will highlight your experience, demonstrate your professionalism, and ultimately prove you’re qualified to do the job you applied for.
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