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An Eye-catching Curriculum Vitae

To sell through a Curriculum Vitae, you must catch the attention of the employer. Here are some tips to revamp it.

The first rule to capture the attention of the recruiter is to provide a CV that meets the desired position. During the 30 to 60 seconds he accords to the first reading of your CV, the recruiter must find the match between your skills and the profile they seek. The information which confirm him should no more or less to jump to his eyes.

Your CV must demonstrate clearly and quickly that you have the skills and qualities required by highlighting relevant information. To do this, here is some advice.

Divide your CV into sections and make sure they contain the right information to enable the employer to navigate quickly. Try to avoid the “Miscellaneous” section in favor of a section for “Language skill” to report knowledge of a second or third language, and one under “Computer Skills” to list the programs you use (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

  • Ideally begin your CV under “Career Objective” in which you describe to the employer who you are and the type of work you want. Expose your business purposes with a focus on what you will bring to the employer and not on what it can do for you. The well described objectives are adapted to a specific position or a particular domain, and avoid vague goals like “Looking for a challenging job.”
  • Show off your skills in the section “Skills.” It is important to give high visibility to those that match the job requirements described in the advertisement.
  • Identify all your previous jobs in the “Experience” section, but only beef up the description of the most relevant jobs. To do so, tell your successes, identify the budgets you have managed, the sales you made, etc.. Example: “Managing a service of five employees with an annual budget of $ 525 000.”
  • Highlight your skills by describing your most notable and transferable achievements to the position offered. Take the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of the vocabulary of your industry. This information should be apparent to the recruiter because they are used to qualify you for the interview.
  • Always accompany your resume with a cover letter of a page that shows your interest for the organization and the position you want. Ensure the accuracy of the name, title and address of the recipient.

Finally, try to write a resume easy to read, where important informations are easy to spot and more importantly, give a desire for recruiters to meet you.