Sort out your Resume in 10 easy steps
1 - Make a first draft
Write down your current job title and list down all the things you do and
are responsible for on a day to day basis. Re-read what you've written and
try to prioritize your responsibilities. Think about what skills you need
to do what you do. What have you done in your current role that has made
you most proud? Asking yourself these questions will not only get you in a
CV/resume frame of mind, it will provide you with all the information you
2 - Choose a format
Now you've got the knowledge you need - it's time to decide how to package
it. There are three standard types of CV/resume, and each has its uses.
The Chronological CV/resume - This is almost
an industry standard. Use it if your work history is stable and each move
has seen you climb steadily up the career ladder. Not for frequent job
changes or those who have had a case of the responsibility hiccups.
The Functional CV/resume - For those who have
experienced spates of unemployment or sporadic job jumps. This CV/resume
does not list employment dates or company names, preferring skills and
The Prioritized CV/resume - A format for those
about to undertake a career change, or whose current skills are not
directly relevant to the job applied for. This CV/resume is written
prioritizing the work experience which is most relevant to the job you
3 - Don't make it too long
Work to the maximum length of two-pages. No-one reads long
CV/resumes, they just reach the waste bin first.
4 - Or too clever
Choose your content and your words carefully. Treat your CV/resume as an
outline sketch of your job history - highlight your strengths and
abilities to problem solve using active verbs such as "responsible" and
"achieved", which have universal appeal.
5 - Type it, don't write it
Handwriting analysis may be a great fairground attraction - but
potential employers will not take time to interpret your scrawl. Type your
CV/resume, no fancy fonts or flourishes - this is a case of emphasizing
substance over style.
6 - Tailor the content
Do you have friends who send you 'Round Robins' at Christmas? Cute,
but admit it, you'd prefer something a bit more personal. For employers,
the same applies, try a bit of tailoring, it doesn't have to be too much,
but the occasional skills tweak can work wonders.
7 - Exaggerators beware
So you weren't principal boy - then say so. Don't exaggerate your
your success was because of teamwork, identify it as
such. It will make your claims more believable.
8 - Spelling?
Your skills may win you the battle - but bad typing and grammatical
mistakes will lose you the war. Run the spell checker, read your CV/resume
more than once or better still enroll a friend as a second pair of eyes.
9 - Alert your referees
Check your referees before you use their name. It's a courtesy, and a good
fail safe - they may have moved.
10 - And don't mention the money
Keep your current salary to yourself for now, unless you're asked directly
of course. Otherwise, if you earn too little or too much you'll have ruled
yourself out before you even reach the door.