Resume Tips and Tricks

Resume Tips and Tricks

A guide to show how to write a great paper CV for 2018

Even if the employment world is moving towards Video CV, the paper CV is still very important.

When it comes to a job hunting, most of the people have doubts about how to build their CV. And well… We’ve all been told that appearances do not matter as much as substance, but writing a good CV can be one of the toughest challenges of job hunting. You must remember that your CV is your marketing tool. It is the first impression a potential employer has of you, although seemingly minor, the visual impact of a resume is the key to ensuring that an employer reads it thoroughly. Take some time to pretty it up...

This i12WRK guide will show you how to write a great paper CV for 2018:

1- The CV Format:

There are particular sections that employers expect to see on your CV regardless of industry or job role, so we recommend using the following structure:

  • Contact details
  • Personal statement
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Achievements
  • Hobbies and interests
  • References

 Use bullet points and keep sentences short. It can help to divide the layout of your CV and make it look clearer, especially in the Experience and Education sections. 

2 - Career Summary:

Most of the employers spend just a few seconds scanning each CV before sticking it in the 'Yes' or 'No' pile, and a surefire way of landing yourself on the no pile is to send them your entire life story. Keep it punchy, to the point, and save those niggly little details for the interview. 

You need a career summary section to define you as a professional and cover those areas most relevant to your career level and job target. A career summary should provide hiring managers with a brief, yet detailed synopsis of what you bring to the table. The purpose is to define you as a professional and cover those areas most relevant to your career level and job target.

To be effective and create excitement, a strong CV helps the hiring executive envisage you delivering similar achievements at his or her company.

3 - Results based job description

Employers want to know about your previous contributions and more specifically, how you made a difference at your last position. More importantly, they want to know how you are going to make a significant difference at their company.

 If you’ve done anything you’re particularly proud of, like completing a project or receiving a promotion, you can and should include it.

Tips: Strong action verbs, used with compelling language are what's needed to outline exemplary achievements.

 

4- Education

List your education in reverse chronological order. Include the name of the institutions and the dates you were there, followed by the grades you achieved. If you have a lot of qualifications, there’s no need to list them all; just choose the most relevant. If you have a degree, you could list a few of the most relevant modules you took.

 

5 - The error of your ways

Employers DO look for mistakes on CVs and if they find them, it makes you look really bad. Hiring managers are looking for an excuse to eliminate you as a candidate. You may not be able to see awkward phrases and grammatical errors if you've already spent a lot of time with your own CV. It may not seem obvious, but a regular review of every word and sentence in your CV is a good idea. If you're unsure then use a spellchecker and ask someone else to double-check what you've written.

 

6- Make it keyword friendly

If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site so recruiters can find you, keywords are very important. Job titles and job buzzwords will help a search engine pick out your CV from the pile. 

 

The first step to getting hired is getting your resume in professional shape. 

We wish you a good luck!

I12WRK team.