Careers

Published on April 19th, 2013 | by James Akrong

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Writing an Amazing CV or Résumé

A good résumé or CV can be the stepping stone toward a good career.  It is a summary of your education and work history. A CV or résumé is currently the most flexible way to apply for a job (or university/school application). There is no best way to write a CV or résumé, but there are sections that a present in every CV or résumé.

Before you even start writing your résumé or CV you must ask yourself these key questions:

  • What skills do I have? – This issue is vitally important as the ‘Skill’ section is one of the main basis of your résumé or CV
  • What activities do I enjoy? – This question will help you along your career search. Once you have found the right job you can tailor your résumé or CV.

The first thing on any good CV or résumé is your details, including your name, number, e-mail and postal address. The name you put on your CV should be your legal name recognized by the government – for example the name on your passport. Your contact number should be the one that you can most easily be reached on; you may also want to provide an alternative contact number. You should always look to use a professional e-mail address (e.g. [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]) this will make potential employers consider you as a serious candidate.

A concise but informative personal statement is a vital component of every good CV or résumé. However, you must always keep a few things in mind. Firstly, you should always remember what you are compiling your CV or résumé for – it could be a university application or a job application for example. The content of your personal statement could be a direct representation of how suitable you are for the position you are applying for, so you should mention relevant data from past jobs such as increased sales or any other projects that highlight your accomplishments.

When writing the ‘Education’ portion of your CV or résumé you should compile your grades in reverse-chronological order (latest first). Be truthful about your grades as employers tend to check up with your references (see below) and a lie would mean your CV or résumé will be immediately dismissed.

The work experience (if relevant) section is arguably the most important on your whole résumé or CV. You should also list these in reverse chronological order. Make sure to mention your job title and give a brief description of what it entailed. The skills you gained on-the-job are of considerable worth so you should look to mention these to.

Your references are the people who potential employers will contact with questions about you. You should always inform your reference before putting them on your CV or résumé.  You should choose references that know you well – such as an ex-teacher or boss – as they will have to answer questions on your suitability for the job. If you need a professional reference you should always look to choose the highest ranking out of your current or former bosses. Whereas, a personal reference could be clients you have worked with closely in the past as well as an ex or current teacher or head of year.

 

 

 

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I am a freelance writer who enjoys to write about various subjects. I am currently studying International Business & Globalisation at De Montfort University in Leicester, GB.



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