Tips for developing a great Curriculum Vitae (CV)
How do you create a resume that will stand out and land you an interview?
It’s to your benefit to ensure your resume is both easy-to-read, as well as flexible in its format so that it can be easily customized for a specific job posting. Our Deloitte Recruitment team has shared seven easy, but important tips to bear in mind when drafting your CV.
1. Find a good format
Structure your CV in an order that is applicable to the role you are applying for, if possible. Be sure to highlight your experience, education, certifications, achievements, and any special skills or program knowledge, starting with your most recent experience. You’ll want to prioritize experience that is relevant to the position, especially any designation or progress towards one. Also think of any transferrable skills and accomplishments you’d want to highlight.
2. Be Clear & Concise
A good rule of thumb is to keep your CV length at two pages or less. When listing previous employment, for example, include the employer, dates worked, title, and a short description on your main duties there. Also use a professional font and size that’s easy to read.
3. Be Specific
Use figures and numbers to demonstrate your competencies and major achievements. If you’ve recently graduated, for example, include your GPA. Saying you’ve done something is one thing, backing it up with tangible results is another!
4. Think about including a summary… or not!
A summary or professional profile can be useful, but only if you have a specific goal in mind or can personalize it to the position. If your summary is too broad and without specific references, it can detract from your CV.
5. Share your contact information
Make sure to give at least two ways for recruiters to contact you. Typically your email address and phone number with country code will suffice. While your full address isn’t necessary, a general location is useful in letting employers know where you are.
6. Utilize job aggregators and social media
Posting your CV online is a great way to get your profile noticed by more employers. You can also include a link to your LinkedIn profile, but be sure to keep it updated!
7. Proof read!
Always check your spelling and grammar before finalizing and sending to any prospective employer. If possible, have a friend or family member review your CV to ensure nothing was overlooked.