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Years ago, someone asked me if I would edit her CV. Because your girl's always hustling, I said yes and quickly taught myself about what recruiters want to see in a #Resume. Since then, #CVEditing has become something I do regularly. Here's a thread on a few things I've learnt.
People will tell you not to make the basic errors - spelling mistakes, hard-to-read fonts, inaccurate info, etc. But the problem I see most often is that people's CVs don't reflect who they are. Your CV should be who you are and what you offer an employer, on paper.
Instead, people take the CV format they were taught in school and just fill in the blanks. They list "responsibilities" rather than focusing on the value they add to the workplace. Your CV needs to make you stand out from the rest of the candidates for a job you're targeting.
Think about what the most important things an employer needs to know about you and put those at the top. Hint: that's not going to be which primary school you attended.
This is the same reason your work experience should be in REVERSE chronological order - what you've done most recently is more likely to be relevant than what you did in your first job out of school.
A few language tips:
- Use strong verbs. "Managed a team of 10" is stronger than "Was responsible for the management of a team of 10"
- Use shorter sentences. The above example applies.
- Use the spell check function. I cannot believe I still need to say this in 2019.
One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to make your CV shorter. Aint nobody got time to read a 27-page long CV (for reals - that's one I've been sent before). I have yet to come across a CV I couldn't edit down to four or five pages, max.
Stop thinking about what you want to say about yourself and start thinking about what the recruiter / employer wants to know. What keywords are they searching for? Are there specific skills you should be flagging that are important to them? No gushing allowed.
Customise your CV for the position you want. I generally have a short, sharp summary section right upfront for my clients. This can be tweaked to reflect what a specific position is requesting. Play to what they want to hear. Same for cover letters.
Quantify the value you deliver. It's got more impact to say you delivered a major project a month early or you saved the company $200 000 than saying "responsible for project management" or "implemented cost-cutting measures".
Get someone else to look at your CV. If you've been fiddling with it on and off, you'll start to miss errors and gaps. It helps to have someone look at it objectively. Be gracious in accepting feedback.
I tend to put "references on request" at the bottom of the CV. Be ready to supply references, but doing it this way means you can tailor which reference you give out depending on the position, and also means you can give the person you're suggesting a heads-up.
Make your CV different visually. Without using silly fonts, frames or imagery, add a little character... a touch of colour in the headings (make sure it will still print well in black and white) or a graphic element (e.g. a timeline or bar chart of skills and years' experience).
Keep your CV up to date. It's so much easier to tweak a few things when needed than to have to fix something you last used a decade ago. If you're stuck, hire a pro (hello!).

Ok, that was a long thread. Maybe I should do a blog post sometime because there's still a lot to say.
Wow. I had no idea this was going to be such a popular thread. Will definitely do a fuller blog post. Clearly there's a need for CV straight talk ;)
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