If you're currently on the hunt for a new job or are about to look for one, then it's time to update your résumé. Even if you have a detailed LinkedIn profile, there's nothing quite as impactful as the traditional CV. If you want to see yours at the top of the pile and score that in-person interview, then it pays to be thorough and really take some time out to pack all your most important skills, talents, and employment history onto that precious piece of paper. Scroll down for some of our key résumé revisions to make stat.
This is probably the most commonly overlooked step. The worst thing you can do is send out the same résumé in bulk to all of the jobs you're interested in. A generic CV shows you're not really that passionate about the role or company, and the prospective employer reading it is going to pick up on that immediately. So if you really want the job, then take the time to research the job description and the company itself.
Don't generalize your talents, these are your biggest assets so make sure you get specific about what you have achieved. For example, don't simply say you increased revenue or increased the customer base, get down to details and state how much you increased the sales by and what percentage of customers increased during your time at the company. List your level of proficiency in each talent area too. If you have strong writing skills, make sure you list the areas you're adept at from long form to web, screenwriting, and press releases.
Sometimes your dream job is nowhere close to the city you live, but that doesn't mean you're not prepared to move for the right offer. In that case, it's best to leave it out altogether; instead, add a phone number and email address. An out-of-state mailing address could hinder your chances at getting that all important call-back, even if you would relocate.
Your CV shouldn't be your life story. If there's too much narrative then you're giving a time-poor prospective employer too much to do, and they will most likely add it to the back of the pile. Don't let this happen to you. Arrange your skills chronologically and in dedicated, simplified sections that are easy to read. Succinct bullet points will allow HR to scan it quickly and they'll thank you for it with a phone call, hopefully.
If you've bounced around for the past 20 years it's likely you've worked a few roles that aren't relevant. This means leaving off that first waitressing job you had at university; tailor your CV to the job you're applying for and list the roles that are relevant to the one you want. Remember, a one-page résumé is where you want to be, so edit, edit, edit.
Even if you're not applying for a design role, having a stylish CV will immediately differentiate yours from the hundreds. But don't overdo it with creative formatting or adding too many colors. Make sure your font choice is modern and the formatting is legible with an aesthetic that's palatable. A Bloomberg Business article said that Times New Roman is “the typeface equivalent of wearing sweatpants to an interview" so use a simple and sleek sans-serif font like Helvetica instead. Really think about your paragraph justification and line spacing too. If you're not sure about the look and feel of yours, then send it to other people in your network who can look over it for you and let you know what changes need to be made.
To make an impactful résumé that paints a picture in your prospective employer's mind, you need powerful verbs. You can answer questions about yourself and your skill level with a single word. Don't let the next CV in the pile be seen above yours because of a few weak words. Here are 200 power verbs to get you started, just don't use these words.
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