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It’s a new age for CV’s and if you’re still working on your Word.doc resume, fussing over the exact phrase that describes your junior position in that failed startup you left twelve years ago, then get ready for a whole new mindset: this article is for you!

 

5 points to include:

  • Up top and in big writing include your name, contact details and one or two precise sentences that either describes your journey, your character and / or your work ethic.
  • Include your achievements, your special (work) skills and talents, what computer programs you are familiar with and what prizes you have won. For example, what languages you speak.
  • Include your education, but only the most important one or two qualifications for the positions you are applying for.
  • Include your employment history, but only 5-7 years back. If that means only one position, then you can go a little further or more in depth, but in that case, you don’t need to include more than 4 positions on your resume. And certainly not more than 3-4 dot points of your responsibilities in each position.
  • Include powerful words to describe yourself, your skills and your work. The right words and grammatical accuracy still count, but these days they need to pack a punch rather than demonstrate your fastidiousness.

 

5 points to leave out:

  • Don’t include your personal details, if you are married, single, divorced, have kids, own a pet or if you are a vegan.
  • Don’t include your high school achievements, diploma or scores – EVER!
  • Don’t include your references or work samples in your CV – that information can be provided if asked for.
  • Don’t include more than 1 (maximum 2) pages. And on the subject of length, don’t make run-on sentences either. Keep it uncluttered, simple with short sentences. Imagine the reader has 10 seconds to scan your CV and either put it in the possibility pile, or the bin!
  • Don’t include more than 2-3 hobbies – we want a picture of who you are as a person, not a novel.

 

Formats:

Make it your own and get creative! Experiment with different formats and see what suits you best. You can remain professional, but as the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words; You can get far more information into a graphic display, it’s more eye catching and if done right, is clearer to read.

In this digital age of comics, fast movement and short attention spans, make sure your CV is:

  • Clear
  • Concise
  • Uncluttered
  • Catches attention
  • Allows the reader to zero in on what interests them the most.

 

It’s time to make a change; upgrade your CV to be engaging, to catch the eye and the mind.

Your CV needs to demonstrate you are up to date and part of the new wave before you even open your mouth to sweet-talk your way into the job of your dreams!  


July 12, 2016

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