5 Tips to Improve Your Résumé
If you want to know how to write a CV or résumé, a lot depends on the position that you are applying for. However, there are several good general rules to keep in mind for any job. If you can hand in a professional-looking document when you apply, you stand a much better chance of being selected.
1. The perfect header
Your résumé needs to stand out from a stack of identical ones on an employer’s desk. That doesn’t mean going crazy and making something that is colorful or overly flashy, just that it needs to be neat and implant your name into the manager’s brain. Your name should be at the top, bold, and in a larger font size. Include your current address, phone number, and one professional email address—if your email is something like cutegurl4ever**:)**@aol.com, it’s time to update. Make a new email account using your first and last name in either order, separated by a period.
Establishing your education background is important in an employer’s selection process. Put all schools that you attended for at least a few months from high school onward, with the most recent at the top. Highlight any certification or special training courses you have taken that are relevant to the position. If you lack much formal education, you will need to compensate in the rest of the resume and your interview by demonstrating how much you’ve learned on the job elsewhere.
3. Work History
This is where many managers will make their decision. If you were a long-time employee, held multiple responsibilities, were promoted, and otherwise excelled in previous jobs, your CV should show it. If you have only worked for previous companies for very short periods before quitting or being fired, it will not reflect well for your chances where you are applying now. Your work history should be up to date, with the most recent jobs at the top, and be descriptive in what the positions you held entailed.
4. Volunteering and other activities
If you don’t have much education or job history to distinguish yourself from other applicants, this is a place where your past experiences might help you. Do you volunteer regularly? Have you helped out with a community project? Or is there an organized activity that you have been very active in for several years and demonstrates your ability to commit to something? Demonstrate that here.
5. Relevant skills
At the bottom of your resumé, you have the chance to talk about yourself in general terms, in such a way that will be relevant to the job you are applying for. Do you speak another language? Can you do web editing? Are you a very fast and accurate typist? Look at the job posting to see what your responsibilities would be if you were hired, and think about what skills and traits you have that would make you a perfect match.
Work hard on making your résumé complete, neat, and under one page. It has the potential to get you any job in the world.