Creating your CV / Resume – 101
Written by – Sasso Consulting
The following tips are basic 10 commandments you should follow when creating your CV or updating it.
1. Include personal information, and make sure it is accurate.
2. Include a valid telephone number, and email address. The number you include, should be one that you or someone answers. Nothing worse than including a number, that rings off the hook constantly or is never answered, or an email address that is erroneous. No wonder you’re getting no call backs!
3. Don’t use complicated fonts, use something simple. Blood dripping fonts or really illegible fonts don’t add anything to your CV – all they do is make it look – VERY unprofessional. And who would want to employ someone who has fonts that look like blood…..hmmm?
4. Find an example of CV formats on the Internet – many are free and downloadable. Use these templates to get a good flow and professional format.
5. On your Tertiary and Basic Education – try include the dates you completed courses, or graduated.
6. Include the names of the institutions and locations you attended.
7. On your employment History – always start with your current position, and finish with your first. People want to know what you’re currently doing, and see how your career has progressed.
8. REMEMBER – SPELL CHECK IS YOUR FRIEND – use it. Double check and triple check grammar, spelling and format. If you’re nervous about how you’re written something. Ask a friend or family member to proof read it. Submitting a CV that is badly written, with spelling errors really decreases your chances. Remember that your CV is a written representation of you! Errors – most likely show that you DO NOT have an attention to detail – even though you’ve stated it as one of your skills.
9. Include references, their positions, names and contact details. Remember that these individuals should give you a “sterling” review and reference. Don’t just give anyone’s number if you have no idea of what they’ll say about you when asked. A good tip is to contact them and advise that you’re going to include them in your CV.
10. Include a recent photograph of yourself in your CV. It should be one where you appear alone, well dressed and presentable. Not one, cutting off other people faces or showing other people’s hands about your shoulders. Definitely not one you’re taken while out on the town or at a party.
• Finally – remember that your CV is you. It is your calling card and a written reflection of who you are. If you want to be portrayed as a professional – make sure your CV is just that – Professional!
• Forget the blood dripping fonts; we are not employing serial killers!
• I repeat – Spellcheck your document, it’s your new BFF!
• Don’t include a photograph of yourself, where you look deranged or drunk. We are not hiring party animals!