Here’s how you can effectively improve on your resume/CV writing skills
A resume is a summary of one’s academic and work history. It’s also known as a curriculum vitae (CV). Here are some easy tips to write it.
- Use bullets to make your resume more reader-friendly. This appears easier to read. Remember that most employers take a few minutes to read resumes due to a big number of resumes heaped before them
- Information on a resume should be listed in order of importance to the reader. Therefore, in listing your jobs, what’s generally most important is your title/position. So list in this preferred order: Title/position, name of employer, city/state of employer, dates of employment
- Education follows the same principle; Name of degree (spelled out: Bachelor of….) , name of university, city/state of university, graduation year, If you haven’t graduated yet, list your information the same way. Simply by virtue of the fact that the graduation date you’ve listed is in the future, the employer will know you don’t have the degree yet. If you’re not comfortable listing your gradation date when you don’t yet have the degree, you can say, for example, “Expected January 2018”.
- Experience and education are listed in reverse chronological order on your resume that is to say; your most recent education and experience should be top most and are most important and relevant to the reader.
- Avoid expressions like “Duties included,” “Responsibilities included,” or “Responsible for” on your resume. Why? Because your resume should base on accomplishments not responsibilities. Job-description language is not what sells in a resume. Accomplishments-oriented language tells employers how you’ve gone above and beyond in your jobs, what makes you special, how you’ve taken initiative and made your jobs your own.
- Don’t list dates that don’t add anything to your resume; for example, dates you spent involved in college extracurricular activities.
- Avoid the weak verbs, “to be,” “to do,” and “to work.” Everyone works. Be more specific. For example, words like “Collaborated with” is often a good substitute instead of “Worked with….,”
- Focus on describing past job activities that highlight the skills you will most likely use in your next job. Don’t over describe your previous job activities if it’s not connected to your next job
- It’s nice to keep your resume to one page if you can, but don’t go to extraordinary lengths, such as by using tiny type. If you have significant experience, you’ll probably need more than one page. What you should avoid is having one full page with just a little bit of text on your second page. If you fill a third or less of the second page, consider condensing to one page. Ways to condense in case your resume is typed is by narrowing your margins, a smaller but readable font
- Always list locations (city and state) for all your past employers. It’s resume protocol to do so, and employers expect to see that information.
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