A good CV or resume is essential for getting a dream job. A CV, if well written, can multiply your chances of finding a suitable job by hundreds!
Imagine yourself sitting at an employer’s desk with hundreds of resumes falling in on your desk for a vacancy in your company.
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Number of vacancies is one and number of applicants is… innumerable.
As an employer, it’s your responsibility to select the most deserving, suitable and competent candidate. So it is up to the candidate to snatch the employer’s attention out of those hundreds of applications. As such, writing a CV is all about knowing what employers specifically look for in an application. So, never make the mistake of underestimating the importance of a “good and eye-catching CV”.
Now, a good and a perfect resume is not an allegory. Neither has it anything to do with the elite schools or exceptional work experience. An entry-level worker may have an exceptional CV, while a professional may have a poorly written one. A good CV is your first step at the door of a good job: you must well-understand that it is your representative to an employer before you get there. A resume centers around detailed info about a candidate that is truthful, brief and to the point, not something that is exaggerated or unnecessarily long.
There are certain things that a good and perfect CV has within its set margins.
- First of all, decide on the format of your resume. Decide whether you want it to be in a functional or chronological format.
- Write your resume in active verbs.
- Highlight your skills and objectives. Make it your resume headline.
- Be specific about your professional background. If you are an experienced person, mention your tenure with previous employers. If you are a new worker, define your professional qualifications.
- Remember to include all relevant training and academic work.
- If your CV is targeted towards a specific career path or employer, you must know all their requirements and mention them in your resume very clearly. Research and know the qualities that will prove to be beneficial to the employer and think about how your capabilities match those qualities.
- Highlight your contact details so they are easy to access.
- Be professional, concise, brief and clean. Avoid being too flashy with your design.
- Stick to writing a one-page cover letter as far as possible.
- Last but not the least, be sure to edit and re-edit your CV once you are done with writing it. No spelling errors, please! Remember, the objective of your CV is to unleash your accomplishments and qualifications to the employer’s committee. Think of it as a promotional brochure, or a pamphlet displaying your organisational and career skills. Good luck! And remember that Pegaz provides a service to help you make your CV the best it can be – get in touch today.