Making sure that you have a well written resume (or curriculum vitae) is always important. If you don’t take the time and trouble required to craft a good resume you will be sabotaging yourself. In fact, your resume or CV is likely to be one of the most important documents of your life; whether you write it yourself, or you have it written for you by a professional.
This article is an update and revision of one that I first published on this blog more than five years ago. As I reviewed that previous version, I realized that not that much has changed in the intervening years in terms the importance of a resume, or the essential aspects of writing an effective resume or CV. Even in these days of the internet, social media, smart phones, etc., at some point you will still need a traditional resume or CV as you look for a job.
Due to the nature of my websites, people send me their resumes for review on a regular basis. Almost every time, when I read over their “draft” or “old” resume, I find the following problems:
Common Resume (CV) Problems:
- It is almost always “too long”.
- It “doesn’t focus on” what you can do for the new employer “today”, in the job at hand.
- It tends to give equal weight to “ancient history” with not enough emphasis on recent experience.
- Insufficient focus on “actual results” achieved in the various job experiences described.
- It does not “state clearly up-front” what the applicant is looking for job-wise and career-wise.
If you spend time searching around online you will find hundreds if not thousands of resume and CV formats you can follow which are promoted by numerous self-proclaimed experts. Of course, it is always good to have a resume format that is pleasing to the eye. However, if you do not address the above five points while creating the “content” of your resume, the format won’t matter much.
A few years ago I wrote an article on this subject for inclusion in one of my e-books that is still very relevant today. At the end of that article is a link to a number of real-life resume samples that I have posted online which DO address the five points listed above.
The article is titled “10 Tips For Writing A Winning Resume”, and you can check it out at the following link:
10 Tips For Writing A Winning Resume
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