Resumes and Interviews
Resumes and Interviews
The basics of CVs
Some people say CVs are a simpler part of the application process than interviews because you are not confronted with real people.
However, we must prepare our CV as carefully and thoroughly as we prepare for the job interview. Once you have submitted your work package, it must be your silent salesperson who can present you in the best possible light.
Do not include a photo unless requested to do so.
If you do so, select it carefully to preserve the professional image you’ve created with the resume.
Use a fairly current portrait image if you have one available.
Make sure that you are presented as the person the employer wants for the position.
A real smile improves an average picture better than any special computer program.
Do not use a picture that contains other people, pets or distracting details.
What kind of resume?
There are three basic ways to present your information and claims in your resume. These basic categories are not set in stone.
You are free to include sections that cover all such areas in depth as you think fit. Your history
This is a very traditional form that includes your education and work experience as well as special achievements. It is still likely to be offered in many schools as this was taught to the teachers when they went to school.
This is the obvious choice for someone who may have had a career in an industry and whose jobs in their careers were either an upward move or at least a sideward move to a job with similar responsibilities and pay, but in your opinion more potential.
As the work environment changes and fewer people follow the traditional path of spending many years, or even their entire careers, at work, this type of resume is becoming increasingly rare.
It may not be best for someone who has the following, for whatever reason:
Quite often changed between jobs
Had periods when they were not busy
Had ups and downs in her career
An advantage of this type of resume for anyone who reviews all applications is that it is very linear and easy to follow.
Here are some important things to keep in mind when writing your historical CV:
1] The employer is probably most interested in your recent history – until about 5 years ago.
2] Remember to consider long gaps in your employment record.
Your skills and achievements:
This format highlights your achievements and is becoming increasingly popular as employees move more frequently than before to work or even the industry.
This form of resume can be a good choice if:
You have gaps in your employment history
You have gained most of your relevant experience some time ago and have been doing a different kind of work lately.
They have practical experience and success but may not have the best formal qualifications.
They have the skills to do the job, but have acquired it for many years, and believe that the employer can focus on your age and keep it from you.
You should give your experience the greatest possible space and less emphasis on the path you have taken in your career.