There are no set rules about writing a great resume except to make it easier for the employer to read; there are some clear guidelines for writing an effective resume. Here are some basic rules when writing a CV.
- Make the job of the reader as easy as possible. Potential employers are busy people; on average, an employer will spend 30 seconds on a resume. Do not expect them to read between the lines -concentrate on clear and relevant information.
- Tailor the resume for each position.
- Be honest as lying can burn you later.
- Include salary details, marital or health status.
- Include reasons for leaving previous positions.
- Use words or phrases with a negative connotation.
- Use acronyms and jargon unless explained with the first usage.
- Use ‘etc.’ or ‘etcetera’ as it indicates you cannot think of what else to say.
- Break a section of information with a new page.
- Use coloured paper or printing, graphics, borders, your photo, or gimmicks.
- Have a single spelling, punctuation, or grammatical error.
For more information on graduate resumes, go to Client Centric’s website.