One of the worst parts of searching for a job is having to create a resume. But then again, it is the first thing a potential employer will see, so you need to stand out. Here are some tips for you to do that.
Keeping it simple, you need to highlight your skills and your knowledge so that they are interested enough to move forward and ask for an interview.
First things first, you need to include certain information and there is a way of organizing it. A CV needs to have:
1. Contact information (name, phone number, and email address). Do not include your home address or your date of birth, as this is usually not customary. A great way of organizing this information is by including your full name, title, phone number, personal e-mail address, and, if you consider it is good for the position, your social media user.
2. A summary or profile outline, where you briefly describe your career interests or goals and you tell a bit about yourself. This section is right below your contact information and it is the first thing an HR professional will read, so keep it concise and describe your skills and goals and a brief outline of your professional achievements. Make sure it is well written.
3. Your work experience, from the most recent to the oldest, including a brief description of what the position entailed. Include company names, maybe a company logo if you want it to make it more visually attractive, city and state, dates of employment, three to five bullet points describing what your daily tasks were. If possible, try to avoid any gaps between employments.
4. Education. List your education and dates from the most recent to the oldest. Include, institution name, class or course title, class of degree, and highlight your top academic achievements.
5. Skills. Describe your key skills and highlight those that are perfect for the position you are applying to. Include any language you speak, technological skills, and certified skills. Include your proficiency level using the Basic-Intermediate-Advanced-Expert scale.
Try to keep all the information concise and visually organized so that it is easy to read. You can include more details in a cover letter, if applicable, so there is no need to include it in the CV.