It looks like we have gone through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and are recovering. Hope this means that the economy is opening up again and that you may be looking for new job opportunities.
So how do you stand out from the other candidates? We have some helpful tips to help you get started.
The shorter it is, the better
Your application will be one of tens, if not hundreds, of resumes. The hiring manager will not have time to go over each one in detail. This means you have limited time to impress, so it’s best to keep it short.
Your cover letter should not exceed one paragraph. It should include a single sentence introducing you, the position you are applying for and the documents you are attaching.
If you are creating a generic cover letter that can be sent to many other companies, you can leave out the application for a specific job.
At the same time, your CV should also be short – no more than one page. It must include your contact details, professional experience and special skills (such as video editing, spreadsheets or programming languages). If you have references, these can also be included on a second page.
Highlight your achievements
If you have good work experience and good work experience, it is best to list them chronologically with the most recent at the top. It is also perfectly acceptable to summarize the description of each work in one achievement of which you are most proud during your stay there.
New graduates are used to including personal information such as hobbies in their resumes. This tends to go unnoticed very quickly and should instead be replaced with achievements in extracurricular activities. If you don’t have one, it’s okay to put nothing in it. You are judged by what is on the list and not by what has been left out.
Use a template
You may think that you know how to format a CV and that a template is not necessary. However, this is not the main reason for using one.
Instead, think of it as adding an extra layer of professionalism to your presentation. These templates can help you organize your information to attract attention. Many of these models also add color to break the monotony of black text on a white background.
If you don’t know how to format a CV, a template is a good place to start writing and get a sense of what information to include. The quickest way to find one is to simply search on Google, but you can also limit your search to free design sites like Canva that offer simple templates to get you started.
Should you include a photo?
There is no direct answer to the question of whether you should include a photo of yourself unless you are applying for a job in front of a camera. For the most part, your appearance shouldn’t really overshadow your work experience.
That said, it never hurts to give your potential employers a visual reference to the person behind the qualifications. Any photo you include should not be a boring passport-sized photograph that looks like a mugshot. As long as you look clean, professional and presentable.
Stand out in a crowd
Sending a memorable CV is not easy if you don’t have interesting experience selling yourself. However, there are ways to improve overall.
First, ensuring that there are no typos or grammatical errors goes much further than you might think. Taking the time to check your cover letter and resume shows that you are able to pay attention to details and that you are serious about your application (it also shows that you know how to use a spell check).
Second, it always helps you develop in a way that is not related to the desired profession. It is not always necessary to have been part of an award-winning team or to have worked on a large-scale project. Sometimes it’s useful to organize professional events like a vacation in a department or your weekly badminton session at the office.
These little things show that you are a team player who can get along with other people.
A resume is simply a summary of what you have done and what you have to offer your prospective employer. The goal is to convey as much information as possible in as little text as possible to make it easier to read.
It is also only half the battle. You will still need to get through this interview, which requires a completely different type of preparation.
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