1. Remember it’s your job to help the reader figure out what you can do for them. So make your CV/resume appealing to your audience.
  2. Tailor make your CV/resume for each job opening. Don’t send generic CV/resumes.
  3. Keep it short and neat. One page for early careers or fresh graduate, 2-3 max for experienced professional.
  4. Be relevant. Don’t list everything you have done. Only relevant experience, qualifications and interests to that specific role.
  5. Don’t just list responsibilities. Focus on key responsibilities and achievements.
  6. Be specific about your achievements. Quantify with numbers if you can.
  7. Use the right keywords. Think about what you want to be searched for.
  8. Do not have your photo on the CV.
  9. Check spelling grammar mistakes before you send.
  10. Use present tense for current role and past tense for previous employment histories.
  11. Avoid using first person. Start your statement with power verbs not “I”
  12. Use reverse chronological order. Newest employment history first
  13. Education is after employment history if you are an experienced hire. If fresh graduates, education background first.
  14. Make sure all information is correct and accurate, no gap. If there is a big employment gap, such as taking a career break for 2 years, fill the gap info. Never lie.
  15. Use bullet points, not lengthy paragraphs.
  16. List only relevant hobbies/interests/certificates/volunteering experience unless it makes you standout.
  17. Don’t Include references.
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