There is no such thing as a perfect resume or a perfect curriculum vitae, so how close to perfection can one get? Begin by following the business’s application format, not your own. But here are the 10 rules you need to follow to be close as possible as perfection. Get these things straight:
1. Present education background clearly, discussing its focus and milestones and how that education has prepared you for the job you are seeking. A GPA does denote competence necessarily so show what you know precisely.
2. Show that your education was not all academic. Discuss volunteerism, extra-curricular activities, and successes related to your college education. Academic successes and recognitions are important, but also connect life experiences with the job opportunity you are pursuing.
3. Be organized and concise. Use key words abstracted from the job position announcement. “An abbreviated CV is more desirable than a treatise on one’s life story.” One’s organization will include headings and bullets in subheadings to assist the reader in scanning a brief document.
4. Connect your life experiences and training with those key words. Remember, bullet points need to be connected with accomplishment, not theory. If accomplishment was connected with a world view unfriendly to the job description, reframe the accomplishment to be compatible with job.
5. Be consistent and transparent. One seeks a position because of background, training, and experience. Connect your past with the present application. Suitability for a job is often determined more by background than on desires, so connect what you have been to what you want to become.
6. Allow personality to show. Grades do not make people. Experiences do not make people. These things are components to individuals. We are not all the same. In the CV it is important to show uniqueness of an applicant to differentiate the CV from a pile of other applications.
7. Demonstrate appropriate interests. The CV is not the place to explore life experiences, but if an experience has prepared you for some sensitivity with the job description, present that information tactfully. A list of sports, clubs, and other activities, may be appropriate if the job application allows mention of them.
8. Use “spell check” to catch spelling mistakes and a “grammar checker” to catch non-standard English. Spell check needs to be customized for American English or British English, depending on where your application will be reviewed. Set the application aside for a couple days and then, read the CV. Computers are only as smart as programmers, and sometimes the programmers miss simple things, like “their” for “there” and the like. Read with your own critical eye.
9. Name drop if you can. If you went to a school that is exceptional and well known, allude to its training. If you have worked for a noteworthy business or institution, its reputation is important to you and to the business to which you apply. Work it into the CV.
10. Demonstrate that you are a team player. Let your future employer know that you are interested in both company and consumer, as well as yourself.