Everyone has job qualifications; the secret is finding them. When writing a curriculum vitae (CV), information must be specifically honed to a job. Construction workers must be "hardworking," teachers must be "willing to work overtime" and secretaries must have "expert communication skills." Although information can't be listed with bullets, weaving such credentials into a CV can make it stand out, which can result in an interview. With a little effort and strategic wording, anyone can appear qualified in a CV.
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Paint a vivid image. A CV is a personal marketing tool, the first step to an interview. Explain why you are sending a resume and demonstrate your dedication, determination and strength through past actions and future aspirations. Show that you are willing to make a difference and ready to get to work.
Tell the employer how you learnt about the position. Job details convey the efficiency of their advertising while allowing you to connect. Don't be afraid to get personal---a CV doesn't have to be bland and purely businesslike. Most employers prefer working with someone with a little spunk. Just make sure your grammar stays pristine and your language is G-rated.
Format your CV to showcase experience and knowledge. Once you have selected a position, list every skill you think an employer would like you to have, big or small. When you are done drumming up ideas, look over your list and find ways that you can fulfil the qualifications. Don't look for final wording yet, just find ways to sell yourself to the employer.
Get creative. If you are a farmer trying to get into marketing, what should your strengths be? Bovine research and analysis, agricultural advancement and import/export distribution are just few of the ways you could showcase your talents. But remember, in a CV, less is more. Employers often groan when they have to hire someone new because resumes and CVs are tedious to pick through and can come in by the hundreds. If your CV is lengthy, there is a good chance it will be tossed aside.
Emphasise skills such as time management, customer satisfaction and computer knowledge. If you have other abilities such as graphic design, editing/proofreading or finance, try to squeeze them in. These may not be useful in the position for which you are applying, but if an employer is having difficulties elsewhere, you still could land an interview.
Reread the job application form and the qualifications list. If there is anything lacking in your CV, fill it in. If possible, have someone review your CV and resume before it is sent in.
Tips and warnings
- Use professional paper and fonts. Times New Roman and Arial are the most common.
- Borders, bullets and graphics are a distraction and frequently get qualified applicants cast aside.
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