Writing a Resume or CV is a task with which most people have had some experience. The success of this endeavour can be very variable and dependent on a range of factors such as depth of substance and experience, clarity of expression and effectiveness of presentation. Success is also influenced by the level of competition for the particular job.
Even a cursory search of the internet will show the range of views on what constitutes an effective resume or CV, with many professed experts invoking unnecessary fear and anxiety about the complexity of the process.
True, most of us can use a helping hand to make sure that all bases are covered, and that our final product is tightly presented and user friendly. However, the construction of the final product does not require some magical intervention or a higher degree in communication.
Here are some basic questions that will get you off to a good start…
Have you structured your Resume or CV so that elements most relevant to the position you are applying for are prominent in the Resume or CV?
Have you read and re-read with a view to eradicating excessive and redundant language?
Are your career achievements clearly identified?
Does your Resume or CV have a “simple” look and feel? Employers don’t want to spend time working around complicated formatting or reading size 6 font. This is more damaging than presenting a longer document.
Does your letter of application make reference to the Resume without unnecessarily duplicating information?
Often applicants focus on the “whiz-bang” elements of presentation, but remember that most employers simply want easy access to relevant information in order to make a sound business decision.
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On that note…good luck with your next Resume or CV!
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Just as a matter of interest, using the word "Resume" as a search term in Google produces 49 million search results! Staggering. No wonder there is so much confusion on the topic. Progress Enterprise