CV or Curriculum Vitae is a Latin term that literally means “the course of life”. Your CV is a resource of providing targeted details about yourself. It is your first opportunity to make a good impression, especially during Job Searching. It acts as your business card, a selling tool that needs to ensure that the employer would like to meet you.
When writing a CV, always keep in mind that hiring managers receive a bunch of CV’s every day and they just scan them and pick those CV’s who stand out. Research has shown that a hiring manager takes two to three minutes to judge a letter and CV. With that in mind, make sure that your CV is capable of convincing in those few minutes.
To help you stand out from the rest, I’ve compiled 10 Powerful CV Accelerator Tips to skyrocket your CV and securing your first (next) job.
Ready to discover the tips for building a successful CV? Read on.
- HIGHLIGHT YOUR SKILLS
I recommend you list your skills in front of your resume more than anything else. Remember, you need to impress your employer within the first 20 seconds upon looking at your resume. And what better way to do that? Of course by highlighting your skills! List all the skills you possess that will make you the best candidate for the job.
“Follow your dreams and use your natural-born talents and skills to make this a better world for tomorrow.” – Paul Watson
- INCLUDE YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY
Be sure to include a brief summary of your work experience. This will give your future employer a glimpse of how you do well when you work. What are the projects you’ve handled on and how you managed to deliver productivity and success to your work? Also, be sure to give a quantifiable results or statistics of your work to create more concrete and believable results.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
- PUT YOUR STRONGEST RESULT FIRST
If you have great accomplishments, rewards, and recognition, be sure to list them and put it on top of your resume. These accomplishments are like music to your future employer’s ears.
“A key to achieving success is to assemble a strong and stable management team.” – Vivek Wadhwa
- HAVE MULTIPLE VERSIONS OF YOUR RESUME
There’s no such thing as one size that fits all. What’s more, employers don’t want to see a template resume. Make sure to add a personal touch to your resume so that it will fit the position you’re applying.
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle
- FOCUS ON THE TWO GUIDING PRINCIPLES: RELEVANT AND RECENT
When you’re making a resume, you might want to keep it short. So you need to decide what skills and experience you would include in your resume that is relevant to your job application. Also, be sure to add your most recent one as employers are more interested with that than your experience 20 years ago.
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi
- KEEP IT ALL IN ONE OR TWO PAGES
Employers and recruiters are incredibly busy in scanning through thousands of application. They don’t have any time to scan through 5 pages of resume. So if you want to up your chances of hiring, make sure to make your resume short and up to the point.
“Intelligence, knowledge or experience are important and might get you a job, but strong communication skills are what will get you promoted.” – Mireille Guiliano
- GET A SECOND OPINION TO REVIEW YOUR RESUME
It’s important to have your resume get corrected with a professional one. A proofreader will scan through your resume for any typos, unnecessary information, to make sure your resume is all professional-looking.
“A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.” – Simon Sinek
- AVOID ALL COMPLICATED FONTS OR DESIGN ELEMENTS
Unless you are applying for calligraphy or graphic and animation position, there’s no need to get creative and transform your resume into an animated one. Maintain a professional and neat-looking resume that will appeal to your employers.
“What new technology does is create new opportunities to do a job that customers want to be done.” – Tim O’Reilly
- EDIT VERY CAREFULLY
Check your resumes for errors of fact, typos, formatting woes or omissions. After you have reviewed it, let a trusted person (as stated in no. 7) look it over as well. One inaccuracy or misspelling could cost you a second look.
“Job training empowers people to realize their dreams and improve their lives.” – Sylvia Mathews Burwell
- OMIT ANY IRRELEVANT INFORMATION
There’s no need to add about your political views, sexual orientation, as well as your religious views in life. Your employer doesn’t have any right to ask those things to you. It’s no one’s business but your own. Your views in life should not, in any way, affect or influence your chance to get hired in a job.
Starting a new job is always scary, or at least for me, it’s always scary. It’s like the first day of school.” – Sean Maher