Meet the Experts (01:20)
Tracey Whitmore, James Innes, Emma Hackforth, Simon Howard, Helen Lacey and John Lees introduce themselves and the credentials that make them experts on creating resumes.
1 - Purpose of a CV (01:03)
The resume is a summary of your academic and work history. You are in competition with others, so consider your CV from the recruiter's point of view;
2 - Email or Post (Mail)? (01:58)
Experts recommend providing your CV by email and post; take care with envelope and paper choices, and make sure your resume is addressed to the right person,
3 - Accuracy (02:21)
Mistakes are lethal to a CV. Experts share their favorite CV errors. Follow the tips provided here to make sure your resume is error-free and remember, don't rely on spell-checkers to catch all mistakes.
4 - Honesty (02:29)
Experts recommend utmost honesty, the lack of which can be grounds for dismissal. Know the difference between "gilding the lily" and lying about your accomplishments.
5 - Format (02:37)
Experts recommended a reverse chronological CV when you are making a predictable job move. For a major change, or return to an old job function, a functional CV is best for highlighting transferable skills.
6 - Length (02:02)
Learn how a lengthy CV can diminish your chances of getting the job and learn how to use the "So what" test to trim your CV to 1 or 2 pages.
7 - Layout (06:31)
Follow tips that ensure the most useful information appears on page 1 of your CV. Experts recommend fonts, word choice and placement and how to make the most of bullet points.
8 - Profile Summary (01:43)
Keep this opening paragraph short; use it to explain who you are; what you have done and what you have to offer. Not all experts believe in using a summary, but it may be helpful for those seeking a major change.
9 - Dates (02:18)
Honestly account for gaps in your resume, even if you were unemployed. Use volunteer or travel time as a way of showing you have been using your time positively.
10 - Achievements (04:54)
Experts provide tips on how to write about your achievements; quantify them in dollars where possible and make sure this section is on the first page of your CV.
11 - Tailoring Your CV (03:32)
Follow these tips to tailor your CV to the job for which you are applying. Match the "flavor" of your CV to that of the organization to which you are applying. Request job specifications and names of decision makers, so that you can write directly to that person.
12 - Wording (03:28)
Experts list power words and phrases to describe your experiences in terms of achievements. Avoid any negativity.
13 - Making Your CV Stand Out (02:11)
Avoid photographs and colored paper. Make your content easily accessible.
14 - Photos (01:32)
In the Middle East and certain European countries photographs are expected, but UK job applicants should not include a photograph. Hear anecdotes that reinforce the importance of refraining from including a photograph with your resume.
15 - Online Presence (01:44)
LinkedIn and Facebook users should use professional photographs; plan and maintain your online presence with the awareness that prospective employers will research you.
16 - Jargon (01:01)
Don't use your own industry jargon. Experts explain "tone of voice" as pertains to your CV.
17 - Humor (00:47)
Humor is best avoided in a CV; hear anecdotal evidence that supports saving your sense of humor for the interview.
18 - Hobbies & Interests (01:12)
One survey found that recruiters decided against applicants based on information in this section of the CV. Include volunteer activities in this section and if you do include personal interests, be prepared to talk about them with passion.
19 - References (01:20)
Learn why you should never include references on your resume unless specifically requested.
20 - Updating Your CV (00:43)
Maintain this "living document" continuously; recruiters will notice careless additions. One recruiter recommends treating every CV as a first time document.
21 - Cover Letter (02:54)
Seen by almost 50% of recruiters as equal in importance to the CV, experts recommend using the cover letter to show you have done your homework and to focus attention on your strengths.
22 - Application Forms (02:37)
Make sure you carefully and fully complete every section; use the space for personal or additional comments well, succinctly presenting your skills and the reason you should be selected.
23 - Following Up (02:02)
Use the follow up to start a conversation by finding out more about the role and the people involved. Follow the tips provided here to make the most of this opportunity to increase your chances of landing an interview.
24 - Applying Abroad (00:47)
Research to make sure your CV accommodates the requirements of the country in which you are applying.
25 - And Finally... (00:51)
Experts wrap-up with final CV writing tips.
Additional Resources and Credits: 175 Resume Secrets (01:30)
Additional Resources and Credits: 175 Resume Secrets
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