10 TIPS TO TOP UP YOUR CV
A TOP-OF-THE-ART COMPANY RECRUITMENT OFFICER'S VIEW ON CURRICULUM VITAE
It’s only a matter of 6 seconds for you to win the eyes and attention of the recruiter. According to Business Insider, recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing resumes before they can make an initial decision whether to shortlist you or not; having said that, you should heighten your profile and must never leave a room for mistakes.
Writing your curriculum vitae or CV is a vital part of your success in the world of employment. It is a story of your life and it is up to you how you create and design your story to catch your reader’s attention. When you are given a whole lot of a virtual world, how are you going to design it? How are you going to beautify it? Same goes with writing your CV. You have to make it the best but this time, back it up with facts about yourself and experience. What really is a good CV? I have done a little research about the simple complexities of the CV and how it should look like.
1. Be concise. Writing is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks for some but take into consideration that when writing, information should be correct and complete in only a matter of few words. Avoid long sentences and beating around the bush. Moreover, avoid words which do not give much impact to your skills and profile as a whole. Please bear in mind that this is not a battle of how many high-sounding words or how figuratively beautiful you write, it is a matter of doing it right with the touch of simplicity and being straightforward. The University of Kent researchers said that the longer and denser your CV is, the harder it is for the employer or recruiters to comprehend your achievements. Do not put many details. Only those which are really important. After all, you leave a whole lot of something left for the employer during the interview.
2. Avoid Jargons. It is better to state the information in plain and simple English simply because it is easy to understand. It is fine to have some little technical terminologies included but it has to match the kind of industry and position you are applying for.
3. Don’t include Objectives. It may sound silly but that should be it. When you apply for a job, it is understood that you want to be hired and that you wanted to work in an organization. This section is not necessary. Instead, write an executive summary. It is a part where you pitch your strengths and interests in. Perhaps, the kind of job that you are interested in. Business Insider calls it a “30-second Elevator Pitch.” It is like you put your best foot forward.
4. Do not use the pronoun "I". In writing, pronoun gives much impact to the quality and imagery of our articles of a short story. However, in writing CV, avoid using the first person point of view because it is understood that everything in your CV is all about you and no one else.
5. Use of Photo. This is something that you have to think twice. In my opinion, it is not necessary to put your 2x2 picture on your resume unless you are applying to be an actor or a model. However, there are some companies which would require you to attach a photo. If that is the case, then do so. British CVs don’t usually put photograph. Same goes with that of Americans. They believe that this may cause partiality for the equal opportunity rights and a photograph will make it easier to reject a candidate because of ethnicity, gender, or age (Business Insider). If you want to include your photograph, please avoid photos that you normally upload on Facebook or other social media with a "peace" hand gesture. Use a professional photo with a formal attire, head and shoulder shot, and smile.
6. Use only one format. There are numerous templates and formats to use in building CVs online or using MS Office. However, be very careful to use the most appropriate template and that it should still look professional. Speaking of format, be mindful about the spacing and the font style you use in writing. Use one font style all throughout the pages. According to Daniel Scocco of the Daily Writing Tips, there is no need for you to use fancy details and designs such as colored background, fancy fonts, and images, etc. These do not give importance to the information you are presenting.
7. 7. Work Experience comes first. Your name is on the top part of the page and your contact details and perhaps professional links, followed by your executive summary. One of the most important parts of your CV is your Work Experience. Arrange your experience from the recent to the oldest. However, if you are a well-experienced employee, do not include your half-century-ago experience. It does not give much importance to a 15- or 20-year experienced employee.
8. Educational Background is written at the bottom unless you are a fresh graduate and that it is very important for the employer to know your degree prior to shortlisting you. Work experience should be highlighted and that is the common trend in hiring employees with experience.
9. Be truthful. No matter how good you feel about yourself if everything you have written in your resume is a lie, there’s a great chance for you to be caught red handed, plus, the fact that it is unethical. Do not put skills that you are not good at or you have zero knowledge of unless you want to look stupid when the recruiter asks you to try or explain it further. Facts and facts alone.
10. Have a final touch. This means that you have to take good care of the English aspects of your resume. Double or triple check the grammar, spelling, and punctuations. Though there are some electronic devices and programs you can use in detecting mistakes, they are not hundred percent accurate. It is advisable to read it many times or ask someone to read and edit it for you because you don’t want to give the employer a bad impression about you.
All these information should be written well because it is very vital in getting yourself hired. As I always say, the talent market is very competitive nowadays and you may want to consider these tips if you want to stay ahead of competition.