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A CV or Resume Writing Checklist

ID-100247400A Useful Resume Writing Checklist

This is the second of a series of blog posts on how to get hired aimed at non-native speakers of English looking for a job.

A CV or resume, as Americans call, is a very important document in any job search. You might think of it as a snapshot of your professional life at any particular moment.

I like to call it a “living document” because you can upgrade it any time something new or exciting happens in your professional life.

The job-search site, monster.com, says that hiring professionals spend 15 seconds looking at a CV. So you need to make a good first impression very quickly.

A Hybrid Approach to Resume Writing

There are many different styles and formats that you can use in resume writing. The most common are functional, biological, and accomplishment.  If you are a new university graduate – without much job experience – you should use a hybrid approach to combine the best of different formats.

James Lees, author of Just the Job, recommends what he calls the frontloaded approach.  You put the most important information about who you are, what skills you have, and what you have accomplished at the beginning of the resume or CV.

10 Points to Keep in Mind when Resume Writing

1.  Include appropriate contact information at the top of the resume.

2.  State a specific career objective or goal.

3.  Write a profile or summary statement –  listing your strengths and qualifications – in one to three sentences using bullet points.

4.  Include a summary of your qualifications in bullet points.

5.  List your most important skills and achievements.

6.  Provide information that matches the job description.

7.  Show your relevant experience/employment history with the most recent first.

8.  List your highest degree first.

9.  State any honors or awards you received, publications you wrote, and languages you speak.

10.  Keep the resume or CV to a maximum of two pages.

 

 

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