Don’t begin your job hunt without giving your CV careful consideration, as a quality resume might improve your chances of getting an interview. Furthermore, it can help you with your job hunt in general. Here’s how to make sure yours goes into the “yes” pile.
1. Keep it short – usually no more than two pages.
2. Don’t include needless personal information like your age, religion, or sexual orientation.
3. Avoid writing in the first person; instead, use verbs to begin sentences.
4. Make a list of your work experience in reverse chronological order. Remember to send a brief comment explaining any gaps.
5. List accomplishments and responsibilities in bullet points; provide more detail on current jobs and less on prior ones unless they are particularly relevant to the job you are applying for.
6. In reverse chronological order, list educational institutions and qualifications.
7. Include any relevant training, as well as computer and linguistic abilities.
8. Keep the part on hobbies and interests to a minimum.
9. References can be provided upon request; their contact information does not need to be included on your CV.
10. Make sure there are no typos. Even if you think your CV is flawless, it’s a good idea to have a friend look it over.
If you are new to the workforce or starting a new career, you may require further training or experience in order to obtain employment.
While applying for jobs, consider doing an internship or volunteering with an organization in your target industry. Take advantage of these chances to grow your network of contacts or rise to a full-time employment.
You might also take online courses or attend seminars to improve your abilities or learn about new technology and processes in your field. As your experience or accomplishments grow, you should update your resume.