When it comes to applying for a job, this is the most important thing you should have in mind: You only get one chance to make a first impression.
With so many people searching for jobs these days it is of the utmost importance that you are the one that will get the attention.
You probably see where i am going with this. YES, you need a stunning resume. And, it is your resume that will get you the interview.
We present you ten tips on how to write a job application…these are CV writing tips that will help you create not just any resume, but a professional job application that clearly stands out among all the other applicants…a CV that will help you create that great first impression.
1. When writing a resume use a professional CV design format. The two most accepted job application formats today are chronological and functional. Personally, I prefer chronological. From the interviewer standpoint, I find it much easier to read and follow.
2. Create your resume in the proper order and with correct punctuation. CV’s with grammatical errors drive recruiters crazy. You can use spell check on Microsoft Word to check for spellings and grammar, but that is NOT enough. Print out your curriculum vitae and re-read the hard copy AND then let a friend or colleague read your resume as well. It is amazing what a fresh pair of eyes can find.
3. Organize your CV properly under headings (such as education, skills, work experience, training, etc.) and put those headings in bold.
4. Write your biography in such a way so that it matches YOUR skills and experience to the skills and experience needed for the available position. Highlight the details that match the employer’s requirement. This will make your resume look as if it was created for this particular job rather than one generic CV you send out to everyone.
5. Use “industry-oriented” words in your CV. You want to make sure you are using the jargon (keywords) of the profession…this gives the impression that you are an expert in your field.
6. Avoid using “I” in your curriculum vitae. Make use of action verbs like collaborated, managed, established, etc. A good biography uses both action verbs such as analyze, achieve, etc. and nouns and adjectives like capable, resourceful, etc.
7. Make your resume presentable. Print your CV on high-quality job application paper and print your resume using a laser printer.
8. References, references, references. When writing a curriculum vitae make sure to list your references. Never state “references available upon request”. Why make more work for the person reading your job application? Instead, list your references at the end of the CV letter. Also, make sure to include the job title AND the phone number with each and every reference.
9. When writing your resume objective, make sure to be as specific as possible. State the specific position you desire and one to two sentences why you would be the best candidate for that position.
10. Be specific with the rest of your resume as well. Far too many job applications are filled with generalizations. This is not a good way to show your experience and skills. Instead, your curriculum vitae should contain relevant information for the job you are applying for.
Often times, employers only look over your curriculum vitae for a few minutes…so use these resume writing tips to make your CV stand out from the others.
Remember, your “one chance to make a first impression” may just be your resume.