The purpose of a CV is to connect with employers as quickly as possible, Mr. Tushar said, so it’s important to think like a hiring manager in order to create an on-point resume that will end your job hunt.
Mr. Tushar shares her seven top tips for creating an exceptional resume that will impress any employer.
- Create a Master CV
Mr. Tushar suggests putting together a master CV containing all of your information, including education, previous roles, volunteer work, work experience, projects, interests, potential references, skills, achievements, strengths, and more.
This way you can choose the information to create a unique resume tailored to each job you apply for.
A master CV can speed up the application time and ensure that you do not forget to include any important details.
A master’s CV is a great tool for interview preparation and a handy reminder of all your achievements.
The purpose of a CV is to connect with employers as quickly as possible, Mr. Tushar said, so it’s important to think like a hiring manager in order to build an on-point resume that will end your job search.
- Counting First Impressions
To stand out for the right reasons, Ms. Calder says to make sure your resume is easy to read and is visually balanced with consistent font, formatting, and spacing.
She also suggests checking a hundred times for any spelling and grammar mistakes as a slip-up can lead to your CV being completely skipped by the employer.
- Consider Your Audience
Sending the same CV for every job application is a recipe for failure, so it’s wise to create a resume with the reader in mind.
He recommends using your master’s CV to choose the skills, achievements, and experience most appropriate to match the job ad.
Use keywords from the position description in your resume as the automated systems employers use to scan applications to pick out certain criteria, words, and phrases.
“Although a separate CV for each job may take time, it is time well spent and your application may attract some of the desired people,” he said.
To stand out for the right reasons, Mr. Tushar says to make sure your resume is easy to read and is visually balanced with consistent font, formatting, and spacing.
Buzz Words To Avoid On Your Resume
- Avoid talking words
According to Mr. Tushar, thematic words and clichés like ‘team player’, ‘go-getter’, ‘think out of the box, ‘hard worker’ can make your CV stand out for all the wrong reasons.
These buzz words can send inconsistent messages that may not fit in with other parts of your resume and do not convey facts.
It is best to show your actual results rather than saying you are ‘results driven’.
- Increase Your Duties and Responsibilities
Mr. Tushar recommends using an abridged version of the star method, which stands for Position, Task, Task, Outcome, rather than just listing your responsibilities from a previous job.
For each of your relevant roles, explain the situation or challenge you found yourself in, what you had to achieve, what you did, and the result of your actions.
The STAR method helps you clearly explain your knowledge, duties, and achievements capabilities to potential employers and prepares you for those tough interview questions.
Subjective terms and clichés like ‘team player’, ‘go-getter’, ‘think out of the box, ‘hard worker’ can make your CV stand out for all the wrong reasons
- Aim for a maximum of two or three pages
If you have a long list of past jobs, Mr. Tushar says to focus on the past ten years of experience, summarize earlier roles or ask employers to do something like ‘full resume upon request’ Give the option to look at your earlier careers by including the row.
You should also use absolute dates, months, and years and it is very important to explain career gaps.
- Make sure your LinkedIn is up to date
Check that your LinkedIn profile, including the job title, matches the information on your resume.
Mr. Tushar said that most employers will look at your LinkedIn profile at some stage during the hiring process, so it’s important not to try to portray your experiences a certain way if LinkedIn tells a different story.
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