Making A Great CV / Resume

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If your current CV or resume is not generating the interview offers you want, it’s time to start assessing it. Verify that the following descriptors: * Begins with a succinct, clear career objective tailored to the specific job for which you are applying. * It shows how your skills and qualifications needs of the company. * Use appropriate titles for previous jobs to demonstrate clearly that they are appropriately qualified for the advertised position. * Provides a concise description of your previous employers – their products, services, industry, etc – and its role in the company. * Uses PAR statements to describe its achievements. P identifies the “problem” they face; A describes the “action” you took to solve the problem, R describes the “result” of the action you took.

* Quantifies your accomplishments using numbers, percentages, etc. * Make effective use of keywords and phrases contained in the job advertisement to describe your skills and areas of expertise. * Every sentence starts with an action word, for example, “production increased by 20% while saving 200,000 in operating costs” Examples of action words are effective: compiled, conducted, created designed, developed, established, implemented, introduced, invented, maintained, negotiated, managed, organized, produced and published. * Explain how in your previous jobs, which increased sales and profits, improving productivity, saving time and costs and has established good relationships with customers. * Provide evidence of the skills most valued by employers, for example: your communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility, initiative, organizational skills and teamwork. * Includes any pertinent awards or honors you may have received. * Provides educational history and details of training related to the position you are seeking. * History of employment is logical and coherent, and gaps of more than one year from their jobs are clearly defined.

* The design is clean and tidy, with easy to read the sequence of sections and no large blocks of text. * No spelling errors or grammar, and all unnecessary words have been eliminated. * Hobbies and interests have included only if they serve to reveal characteristics, skills or achievements that support your career objective. Gerard McLoughlin, author has contributed career-related articles to hundreds of recruitment companies, websites and publications around the world including: United States Today,,, etc.

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