to Write that Great Resume or CV!
resume or CV is quite simply an 'advert' to sell yourself
to an employer. You should send a CV to an employer
when they ask for one in a job advert, or when you are
enquiring if any jobs are available. So the purpose
of your CV is to make you attractive, interesting, worth
considering to the company and so receive a job interview.
Your resume or CV is your best chance to convince a
prospective employer that you are the best person for
the position. Because the employer may have several
hundred enquiries for the position he/she will only
choose a few suitable people for an interview. So it
is vital that your CV paints a clear picture of you
and that it highlights all aspects of your life and
career that is of interested to any future employer.
in mind when constructing your resume or CV that the
decision maker/potential employer will probably only
spend 30-60 seconds reading your treasured life history
- which is not much time for you to market yourself.
A CV is designed to get you an interview and a foot
in the door, it is not to get you the job.
Sit down with a piece of paper. Look at the job(s) that
you are applying for. Consider how your skills, education,
and experience compare with the skills that the job
requires. How much information do you have about the
Sometimes employers do not give enough information.
Ask for more detail if needed. Spend time researching
detail about the job(s) that interest you and information
about the employer - their structure, products, successes,
and approach - from:
own publicity, reports and publications
A library (business reports, trade papers)
College career office
and organising the facts
Start working on your resume or CV by collecting and
reviewing information about yourself: Previous positions,
job duties, volunteer work, skills, accomplishments,
education, and activities. These are the raw materials
of your CV. This is also a good time to review your
career goals and to think about which past jobs you
have liked, and why.
compiling this information, research the occupations
that interest you. Determine what duties they entail,
what credentials they require, and what skills they
use. Your resume or CV will use your autobiographical
information to show that you meet an occupations
requirements. Remember: Even if you do not have many
specialised and technical skills, most occupations also
require abilities like reliability, teamwork, and communication.
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