Create a successful resume with these five resume rules.
Make an impactful first impression with your curriculum vitae. (Photo: Sergejs Rahunoks / www.123rf.com)
Considering a career move? Good news: latest survey findings from recruitment firm Hudson show that employment is on an uptrend in 2016. Yes, even despite modest economic growth projections in Singapore, an estimated 35.8 per cent of employers are looking to increase headcount.
According to the same survey, 34 per cent of job seekers are actively looking for a new role while 40 per cent are open to new opportunities. To stand out from your competition, make sure your curriculum vitae makes a good first impression. Here are five tips from Huxley Associates, an international recruitment consultancy firm.
1. How to Write a Better CV: Space It Out
Don’t cram all your information into one A4 page. Instead, allow yourself two A4 pages so you get more space for organisation. Use a chronological format if you want to focus on your most recent experience or lay it out according to your skill set if you feel that’s more important for the job.
2. How to Write a Better CV: List Relevant Info
You should only provide information on the courses you took and the skills you have that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. That means, don’t include every achievement, from scoring a distinction for your grade five piano exam to being a history leader in secondary school.
Be precise and succinct when writing your curriculum vitae. (Photo: dangquocbuu / www.pixabay.com)
3. How to Write a Better CV: Highlight Responsibilities and Achievements
You should always include short and specific descriptions of your key responsibilities and personal achievements. Try using exact figures, wherever possible, to quantify your contributions to your previous employer. Stop the urge to list every job you’ve had.
4. How to Write a Better CV: Be Succinct
Think it’s more professional to write everything in complete sentences and avoid the use of jargon? Nope. If you want your resume to be picked up when hiring managers run keyword searches, use relevant industry terminology instead. Also, use short, succinct sentences, and minimise the use of the pronoun “I” and state-of-being verbs (“am”, “is”, “are”, “was”).
5. How to Write a Better CV: Cover All Bases
Don’t just keep your resume in hard copy. You should upload it to online databases or link it to your blog if you have one. Try using Powerpoint slides or even a Youtube video to create your resume if you dare to be different.