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How to brighten up my CV?

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Christina’s Answer

Be sure to outline OUTCOMES from previous roles, not job tasks. Anyone can perform a task, but being able to say that you delivered results is very impactful.

Customize your resume to the role you are interviewing for.

Keep in clear and concise.

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Joanne’s Answer

Hi Karen,

Keep your resume simple and clear. Early on in your career, try to keep it to one page. After years of experience, that becomes a bit more of a challenge, so then keep it to no more than two pages.

Use a variety of descriptive words and try not to repeat the same words. The words you use should clearly and accurately describe your responsibilities, skills and accomplishments. Wherever possible, include positive, quantitative results of your actions. What did you contribute to the organization in your role? Who benefited from your work?

In addition to formal education, include any other type of training you've received. Include volunteer work and internships (both paid and unpaid) - all experience counts!

When applying to jobs online, you can customize your resume by using some of the same words in the job description. Many companies will automatically match key words in order to select the candidates they feel are the best fit for the position. So, for example, if a critical skill they are seeking is writing, editing or managing a budget, be sure these exact words are in your resume.

The most important thing is not to have any typos. You will need one or more others to review it for you, because when you look at your own writing for too long, you can miss some simple things that need to be corrected or can be improved upon.

Good luck!
Joanne

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Syed’s Answer

Hi Karen,

Since you're interested in Tech, you can think about modeling your resume after Elon Musk - one of the foremost tech leaders in the world today. His resume format is particularly easy to read, well designed, and comprehensive at the same time.

It could help you stand out in a sea of plain vanilla one-page resumes. There's room for work experience, a short bio/mission statement, contact information, skills & competencies, achievements & certifications, languages, personal interests and your education!

You can find the samples here (2016 version and current version!):
https://novoresume.com/career-blog/elon-musk-one-page-resume

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John R’s Answer

In addition I would work on building your online presence, and "cleaning up" any existing social media accounts and pages.

Creating a LinkedIn profile is helpful in building a professional network and resources. It also permits you to insert a professional portfolio created in a powerpoint to highlight your achievement.

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Ted’s Answer

If you're looking to make your CV more attractive to employers ...

* Highlight what you bring to them - do you have leadership skills, collaborate well, self-starter, are you detail-oriented, do you have particular technical or soft skills, etc.

* Describe your experience - even if it's school projects or extra-curricular activities - that demonstrate those skills or abilities. Did you lead a group in school or do particularly well in a class or work on a note-worthy project, captain of a sports team or club, etc.

* Consider tailoring your CV or the cover letter to the specific needs of the employer called out in the job description.

* Keep your CV clear and uncluttered and suggested by others and never longer than two pages. Frankly, those who are hiring rarely look beyond the first half page to figure out if you're in the in or out pile.

Ted recommends the following next steps:

Take a shot at revising your CV based on recommendations given by folks who responded to your question
Have others review it - especially those working (and maybe even hiring) at companies in which you are interested.
Look at LinkedIN profiles or resumes of others that might resonate with you

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Michelle’s Answer

Hi Karen,

Great question! If you are looking for some fun, visually appealing resume templates Etsy actually has a lot of great options (that's where I found mine!).

More importantly, as someone who is screening resumes constantly, here are just a few specific pieces of advice:
(1) Make it clean, simple and easy to read (some recruiters spend just seconds scanning a resume). With more AI tools automatically scanning resumes, a simple format is better.
(2) Try to use key words that are also used in the job description for the role (whether it be specific tools or competencies)
(3) Quantify! When you can, put numbers to what you've done. For example, instead of "Hosts events" I have "Hosted 4-6 events per month" and "increased annual revenue by 20%"

Best of luck!

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

Add some numbers to that resume! Where possible, quantify your experience.

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John R’s Answer

In addition I would work on building your online presence, and "cleaning up" any existing social media accounts and pages.

Creating a LinkedIn profile is helpful in building a professional network and resources. It also permits you to insert a professional portfolio created in a powerpoint to highlight your achievement.

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Fiona’s Answer

A resume is a promotion document for yourself.
Things to also note:
- consistency in the presentation is important
- it must be pleasant to read – sharp, not too cluttered, not too many words
- make sure to do a grammar check
- write short, succinct but useful descriptions
- what makes you stand out? work experience? volunteering experience? any language skills, other different skills that other people are unlikely to have?

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Yvette’s Answer

Here is a helpful video to get you started:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=JuVYWUo2meE

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Sylvia’s Answer

nice to answer you Karen! I can share my experience about how to settle the cv .I tidy it to be clear and put the data neat. The most important thing is you need to make you better first ,you can earn more experience about your job or what things you learn , you will find that is you have a lots of good things or good experience to write on your cv.

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Richard’s Answer

Clean and straightforward is best! Be sure to add your interests and hobbies in one line at the bottom to brighten it up, as you say

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Fiona’s Answer

Resumes should be short and concise, max 2-3 pages. Include something that makes you stand out - do you have any skills, e.g. language skills or other skills or achievements or interests that would make you different?

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Carl’s Answer

I’ve been in management for the last 12 years and seen my fair share of resume’s. My first advice is never underestimate the power of a GREAT resume. Your resume is sometimes the only thing a hiring manager will see. Therefore making sure your CV is accurate and updated. If you are proving a soft copy, making sure your submission stands out as much as possible. For example better quality paper, or even providing a cover sheet sometime helps while maintaining a professional look. Meaning don’t get too fancy. This can help show how committed and interested you are in the position. I’ve seen grammatical errors to incomplete phone numbers, unprofessional email addresses, and even on resume printed on “lined” paper. If you are going against several candidates, attention to details can help you from being eliminated from first cuts.

One side note: Do research on the company you a applying for. It astounds me how many candidates don’t know much about my company (Verizon), other than we sell phones and services. Go the company’s website and do some research. A great place to start is the “About Us” that most company’s have. Understand the goals and aspiration of the company and see if it aligns with yours. Find projects, programs, and community involvement that you are also interested and taylor your interview with some items you find.

If you treat it as a “job” then that’s how you will be viewed.. No matter the company, we are always looking for candidates who want a “career” no matter how small or entry level the job maybe.

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Hanleigh’s Answer

I personally love a CV because it does not have to be as tailored to a particular position as a resume. A CV allows you to have more of your experiences and skills to be highlighted. CV is your opportunity to include presentations, publications, projects, training, awards, etc. You can add these things in addition to traditional resume content, such as name, phone number, professional email, education, and experiences. However, that also means you want to have a bit more organization on your CV. Take advantage of different opportunities, so you can have a really impressive CV. Also, do not forget about the experiences that you've already gained that you can use to highlight your CV.

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Ao’s Answer

Share with you in your past experience:
1. peisonal information: write name, address, telephone, e-mail at the beginning; put it in an obvious place,
Putting on a photo of the suit's clothing gives a solemn feeling.
2. Reaearch Interests: List the areas you are interested in.
3. Education: Starting from a university degree, what is the specialty department.
4Experience: Put some experience related to the application/professional, and then use transferable skills to specify this aspect.
5Volunteer experience: Put the extracurricular activities of the school on the CV. It makes people feel that your character is cheerful and willing to communicate with others.
6. Skills: You have to tell the company why you are recruited? What are your strengths or what is your position in the company?

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Patrick’s Answer

When on your resume, think quality over quantity. The most valuable thing you can have on a resume is experience. Education is important, but if the experience shows you have been successful at other opportunities, companies would be far more confident in giving you responsibility. I like simple, clean, 1 page to the point. This has proved successful for me over the years. Where you can get fancy and add certifications is via LinkedIn. This is a great place to let your professional personality shine through. In some opportunities I have had, the resume was more of just a procedure as they really became interested after my LinkedIn.

I would get some certifications and things to jazz up the LinkedIn and this'll help you in opportunities! (also highly recommend applying for jobs using easy apply through LinkedIn so the employer has access to your page).

Best of luck!

Patrick recommends the following next steps:

Figure out the most important things that need to be online
Think about the company you're applying to and how you can rephrase your experience to be appealing
Make your LinkedIn shine
Connect with recruiters and people that work at companies you're interested in

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Stu’s Answer

Hi Karen,

Could you be more specific about what you think your CV is lacking? The design of the document should be simple so it’s easy to read. The goal with a CV is to show off your experience, skills and achievements and not to distract with things like fancy fonts and clip art. (The exception to this is if you’re looking for a design role where you need to nail how the document looks - but you probably wouldn’t be using clip art!)

A CV should be personal and is usually formal, but you can be a bit more relaxed if you think it would suit the company or role you are applying for.

I hope this helps. I’d strongly recommend getting your CV reviewed by someone you trust to give you honest feedback who can help you improve.

Good luck!
Stu

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Cyril’s Answer

7 Simple But Effective Ways to Make Your CV Stand Out
Start strong. Start with a summary of your skills and key accomplishments. ...
Emphasize results rather than responsibilities. ...
Customize for the job you want. ...
Highlight changes and growth. ...
Demonstrate that you are connected. ...
Show industry insight. ...
Use power words.

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