How to write a CV / Resume
CV and resume writing like all things is both an art and a science. But, unfortunately there is no one way to guarantee yourself a job interview.
There is, however, one way to guarantee you give yourself a chance to get an interview, and that is
…WRITE A CV!
Actually write a CV! Don’t just think about it or talk about it. Actually write it.
And then obviously, send it to people.
What is a CV / Resume?
Firstly, a CV and a resume are the same thing. CV stands for Curriculum Vitae; which is Latin for “Course of Life”. Resume is from the French word résumé and means ‘summary’.
Your CV/resume is basically a short, concise summary of your personal details, work history, qualifications, skills, and experience.
How do you write a CV / Resume?
Your CV should include some basic personal information about yourself:
This is needed so that people can contact you if they want to offer you an interview.
It should also include information about your work history; the job roles you’ve had and the companies you have worked for. You can compliment this information with a brief description of your roles and responsibilities, as well as the skills that you had to use in each role.
Education History and Qualifications
You should include a summary of your education history and qualifications. Include the courses and qualifications you have, what grade you got, and the name of the institution you studied at.
Your CV should include some of the main skills that you possess. These could be personable skills like presenting, customer service, or coaching.
You can also include computer based skills like using spreadsheets or word processors. Perhaps you have specific skills using particular computer software packages like design or editing software.
Perhaps you have specialist technical and practical skills based around manufacturing, engineering, and construction or maybe have skills in health care and first-aid. Whatever you have skills in, include them as long as they are relevant to the role you are applying for.
You should also include the contact details of references. These are people that can confirm you are who you say you are and that you have the skills and experience your claim to have.
Include your references name, job role, the company they work for, and contact details.
One of your references could be someone a teacher or a lecturer. Someone that can give what is called a character reference.
What sort of language should I use?
The best advice I can give here is, use the language of the people in the industry or sector you are applying for. If there is specific terminology that is used within the industry then you should feel comfortable using that in your CV. Your prospective employer needs to know that you know what you are talking about.
Just remember, the window of opportunity that you have to make an impact is a small one. So the aim has to be be articulate but to the point. You probably won’t be the only person applying for a role. So do enough that your CV can be easily read but not forgotten about.
Top CV and Resume writing tip!
Adjust your CV for the role you are applying for.
Make sure then information, skills, and experience on your CV is relevant to the job you are applying for.
Keep trying and applying!
What is the secret to writing a great CV / Resume?
As stated at the start of the article, there is no way to write a CV that will guarantee you get a job interview.
The best thing you can do is write one, send it off, see if you get some interviews, and if you don’t then consider trying a different approach.
- Maybe rephrase some of the CV?
- Perhaps restructure the layout and design of the CV?
- Maybe try getting someone else to help you with your CV?