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10 key considerations for your CV
If you want your CV to end up in the ‘yes’ pile, don’t start your job search without revisiting your resume and giving it a good once-over. Whether it hasn’t been refreshed in 2 years or 3 months, it’s important to ensure the content is up to date and relevant for the roles you want to pursue.
A strong CV will give you an immediate head start over those competing for the same position but who haven’t bothered to review or update their resume.
Here are 10 quick key considerations for your CV:
1. Keep it brief
Generally, most CVs are two pages maximum. Why? Because studies have found most recruiters will spend anywhere from six seconds to 15 seconds scanning a resume before determining whether it makes the ‘yes’ pile. It’s even shorter for AI job matching software.
So don't overdo it. Keep it short and succinct but with all the important details.
2. Avoid unnecessary personal details
Australia’s anti-discrimination laws means it’s illegal for an employer to hire based on factors such as age and religion so don't include these.
3. Don’t write in first person
Avoid “I did this… I did that…” examples. Instead, use sentences starting with verbs such as “Completed...” or “Achieved...” et cetera. It gets to the point using less words and will keep your resume to two pages.
4. List your career history in reverse chronological order
That is, starting with your current or most recent job and running all the way through to your first. If it’s an extensive list, prioritise the three or four most recent roles. You can explain or fill in the earlier roles later.
5. Use bullet points for achievements and responsibilities
Include more detail on recent roles and less on older positions unless they are especially relevant to the job you’re applying for.
6. List educational institutions and qualifications in reverse chronological order
Reviewers will want to see more recent tertiary qualifications before secondary school results. Any training, courses or internships should also be mentioned.
7. Include all computer and software skills, relevant training and languages
Align your technology and software skills to the roles you’re applying for. When it comes to other training and languages, you never know when these will come in handy.
8. Keep your hobbies and interests section short
Including your interests is a nice personal touch to include in your CV but it should only take up one line.
For example: Personal Interests Film-making, surfing and cooking.
9. Referees can be provided on request
You don’t need to include their contact details on your CV, just indicate that they are available upon request. This will also require them to contact you again if they need references, meaning you have likely progressed to the next or final stage.
10. Check for typos
Even if you think your CV is error-free, it’s worth asking a trusted friend to read it through.
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