Quick tips on CV success

There’s nothing more annoying to a hiring manager than a bad resume.  In fact, 30 percent of hiring managers say that resumes not tailored to a specific position are the most frequent mistakes they see when reviewing resumes, according to a Careerbuilder.com survey.

“One of the worst things you can do with your resume is to try to make it work for ‘any’ job. Although it’s acceptable for you to consider a broad range of jobs, applicants who don’t show a clear idea of what they want to do impress very few employers,” says Michael Farr, author of The Quick Resume & Cover Letter Book.

In his book, Farr provides four quick tips for writing an effective job objective. These tips include:

  • Avoid job titles. Job titles can involve very different activities in different organisations. Using a title could limit job seekers from consideration for jobs they may be perfectly suited for.
  • Define a “bracket of responsibility” to include the possibility of upward mobility. In this bracket, job seekers should include the lower range of jobs they would consider as well as those requiring higher levels of responsibility. Even if the job seeker has not handled higher levels in the past, many employers might consider them for such positions if they have the skills to support the objective.
  • Include important skills. If a job seeker were looking for a job that requires “organisational skills,” then they should demonstrate that they have those skills. Later, the resume content should support these skills with specific examples.
  • Include specifics if these are important. It’s okay to state in a resume that a job seeker has substantial experience in a specific industry or that they have a narrow objective for a job that they really want. However, job seekers who do this run the risk of not being considered for other jobs in which they’re qualified.

“Regardless of whether you choose to include an actual ‘Job Objective’ statement near the top of your resume, you should always have a clear job objective in mind. This helps you select details from your resume that best support what you want to do,” says Farr.

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