is not you.
A CV IS A MESSAGE YOU SEND OUT,
so there are always two sides.
always start with your target audience in mind, anticipating their frame of mind, use of language, background, desires and expectations, and context. In this case, you are writing to a recruiter. When you are sure you know it correctly, always use the other person’s name in conversation of any kind – on the phone, in emails, in your cover letter.
YOUR RESUME SHOULD ALWAYS INCLUDE
- Job you’re applying for
- Name & contact details
- Professional title or summary
- Professional experience
- Certifications and credentials
Think before adding these:
- Marital status
- Home address
- Social media links
- Reverse chronological order is the most popular choice among recruiters
- List relevant positions you’ve had in the past; for the most recent and relevant, use bullet points to show achievements and responsibilities.
- You shouldn’t list temp or summer jobs that are not relevant to your desired employer. However, you could say “I’ve been continuously employed since the last year of high school” if that’s the case, as it shows a commitment to hard work and independence, even if you don’t list all jobs.
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
- Education comes first if you’re a recent graduate applying for a position dedicated to recent graduates.
- If you’re a recent graduate applying for a position which is not especially dedicated to recent graduates, mention your experience right from the cover letter and make sure it’s visible at first glance on your CV.
For English, always use active sentence structures: „I ran a social media campaign” instead of „Coordination of social media campaign”.
You don’t need to start every sentence with „I”: „My team increased registrations by 16%”. Look up alternatives!
For languages like Romanian, using the active voice repeatedly can be tricky, as it might look boastful. Don’t despair: the secret is practising natural language.
Do you coordinate campaigns or do you run them? Do you utilize resources or do you use them?
Would you tell a friend you’re an ambitious girl when introducing yourself? Then why put it into your resume? Focus on highlighting real skills and things that set you apart from the crowds.
Invest confidence in this assertion: pretentious corporate language is not the best way to leverage your skill set.
This helps you to surpass applicant tracking systems (ATS), which look for certain keywords in CVs to determine whether you’re a good fit for the role.
Sift through the job description, highlighting any skills that match your own. You should also make note of the jargon or acronyms that specific company uses.
Include them throughout your CV without sacrificing naturally-flowing language.
This starts with targeting your CV for your job, a basic principle that shows employers you’re actually interested enough to make a 2-minute effort.
Don’t be afraid to cut skills not relevant for the job you apply for: mastery of Photoshop won’t land you an accounting job (unless you offer to redesign their bills)
Don’t leave gaps in your employment history; simply reduce the level of detail regarding those position.
If you say “I’m an excellent communicator”, that’s just saying it, not actually showing it. Provide evidence for your skills by referencing particular projects or tasks, showing results in numbers. Do you know how companies loves KPIs? What are yours?
It doesn’t necessarily matter what your role was, numbers and statistics prove you are used to setting a goal, performing the work AND measuring results – something all employers value.
Coordinated a project with $1,200 budget including financial & tax aspects
Led a team of 5 volunteers during a 2-months college project which cut littering on university grounds by 10%
Worked in the communications department of StudentONG, raising awareness about student issues and increasing NGO membership by 5% in 3 months.
- Managing store flows (merchandise, cash, personnel, clients)
- Answering quickly and kindly to customer requests
- Coordinating employees from the safe shift
Two years’ worth of experience in a complex role I chose to improve my ability to coordinate a team and solve the unpredictable situations that appear in a real retail environment
- I managed a store with anual sales of $100,000
- My team offered customer care for more than 1,000 clients per day
- I’ve coordinated a team of 10 people per shift, plus external contractors
MOTHER OF DRAGONS
One version for applying to university, highlighting education & extra-curricular activities
One version for volunteer-based position, showcasing NGO experience & your skill set.
One version for each job you apply for, customised with details on relevant experience and emphasising matching skills in the ad.
THINK SKILLS, NOT JOBS
A good radio DJ has some skills in common with a truck driver. Like the ability to pay attention to many things at once.
Think about what skills from previous experience you would use in your new role.
In this case, the recruiter’s mind. Try to understand their perspective and emphasise the things you believe they’re looking for.
If the recruiter gives your resume a glance, it will be 1st page, upper half. Put the most relevant information there.
- Max. 2 colours (use 1 for 90% of elements)
- Max. 2 fonts (if 1 for headings)
- Don’t make it a „puzzle” of many different things