|If your current CV or resume is not generating the interview offers you want, it is time to start assessing it. Check to see that the following descriptors apply:|
*Begins with a succinct, clearly stated career objective tailored to the particular job for which you are applying.
*Highlights how your skills and qualifications match the company's specific needs.
*Employs appropriate titles for previous jobs to demonstrate clearly that you are suitably qualified for the advertised position.
*Gives a concise description of your previous employers - their products, services, industry, etc. - and your role in the company.
*Uses PAR statements to describe your accomplishments. P identifies the 'problem' you faced; A describes the 'action' you took to solve the problem; R describes the 'result' of the action you took.
*Quantifies your accomplishments using numbers, percentages, etc.
*Makes effective use of the key words and phrases contained in the job advertisement to describe your skills and areas of expertise.
*Every sentence starts with an action word, for example: "increased production by 20% while saving £200,000 in operating costs" Examples of effective action words are: compiled, conducted, created, designed, developed, established, implemented, introduced, invented, maintained, negotiated, operated, organized, produced, and published.
*Explains how, in your previous jobs, you increased sales and profits, improved productivity, saved time and costs, and established good customer relationships.
*Provides evidence of the competencies most valued by employers, for example: your communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility, initiative, organisational ability, and teamwork.
*Includes any pertinent awards or honours you may have received.
*Provides your educational history and details of training related to the position you are seeking.
*Employment history is logical and consistent; and gaps of more than one year between your jobs are clearly explained.
*The layout is neat and uncluttered, with an easy-to-read sequence of sections and no large blocks of text.
*Contains no errors in spelling or grammar; and all unnecessary words have been eliminated.
*Hobbies and interests have been included only if they serve to reveal characteristics, skills or accomplishments that support your career objective.
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About the Author
Gerard McLoughlin, Director of Assignments Plus Communications, has contributed career-related articles to a wide range of recruitment companies, websites and publications throughout the world: USA Today, JobBankUSA.com, US-Recruiters.com; Jobs1.co.uk, Nurse-Recruiter.com, Recruitireland.com,
AutomationTechies.com, EcruitingInc.com, etc.
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