How to make your CV/RESUME unique and great from others during Job Hunting

Everybody can write and format a CV or resume, but only a few know what it takes to write that CV that stands out from the competition.


Your CV is your representation and if you can present one that can stand out, it goes a long way to show that you are exceptional and make the potential employer interested in you

How to make your CV/RESUME unique and great from others during Job Hunting

BE BRIEF

Your CV/resume should be brief and concise, the shorter it is, the better.

Try to make it one page and at most two pages but make sure that you concentrate on your skills and achievement relevant to the position.

Make sure that the most important and impressive information about you appears at the top on the first page.

Here your career objective can help to draw the employers’ attention to the benefits of hiring you.

MAKE IT EASY TO READ

Use the same font and size all through. Use bold type and capital letters to highlight different sections.

Keep the layout simple, don’t use border or boxes, colors, italics or underlining except where necessary.

BE POSITIVE

Make sure you state your achievements, both academics and extracurricular. If you had done well at the university with a great G.P. say so.

If you increased the membership of your club or society, say so and by how many. Give only information that will sell you as a valuable candidate.

KEEP IT RELEVANT

Include only information about your skill which is directly relevant to the job.

Try to keep obscure and vague information out. This will also mean that, you will have to update your CV regularly and also alter it slightly to make it relevant for each job you apply for.

SHOW THAT THAT YOU ARE RESULT ORIENTED

Wherever possible, prove that you have the desired qualification through clear and strong statements of accomplishments, rather than statements of potentials, talents and responsibilities.

Indicate result of work done and quantify this accomplishments wherever appropriate e.g. initiated and directed the use of farm machinery, saving up to 40% of human labor costs.

WRITE CONCISELY AND KEEP TO POINT

Keep your sentences as short and as direct as possible. Eliminate any extraneous information and repetitions.

Don’t use three examples when one will do. Say what you want to say in a very direct way rather than trying to impress with bigger words.

MAKE IT LOOK GREAT

Use a laser printer or ink jet printer that produces high quality results. A laser is best though, because the ink will not run out if it overflow and stain your paper.

Do not compromise on quality, if you do, your CV/Resume will look pitiable, next to those that look great.

Use font size 11 or 12 or normal texts, use white paper of highest quality.

Do not make your resume/CV look like it was squeezed into a page, remove irrelevant information.

THE RESUME/CV MUST BE SHORT

Keep it short and simple. Make it less than 2 pages and if you must exceed that, then it must be interesting to read.

Do not write one more word than you need to.

EXPERIENCE BEFORE EDUCATION

Experience should always come first before education except you are creating a standard combination resume as a fresh graduate because you lack experience but possess good academic result and profile.


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