At the start of our Resumes And CVs Guide we explained how important it is to plan your resume or CV. We've covered:
Here's Step 4.
If you've followed Steps 1 to 3, you'll have drafted an Objective or Personal Summary and written some quality content about your work history. You could simply transfer what you've written to one of the resume or CV formats we mention a little later and you would have a good resume or CV.
But you want an excellent resume or CV, right?
If the answer is yes, there's just one last step to take...
There are words you can use in your CV or resume that have powerful meanings for employers and will cause your CV or resume to have greater impact. If you use them appropriately you can make a real impression, because they trigger the right reaction in your interviewer's mind.
As you read our help build a resume advice, remember that all potential employers want to know what you can do for them. They usually judge this based on what you've done for your current employer -- your achievements.
All employers want to feel confident that you are able to work efficiently and resolve problems and all would like you to be able to do the following:
Increase or Improve
Decrease or Remove
Go back through your achievements in your Work History and Objective and see where each fits into the above. If you need to, re-word or add to each achievement so that it's obvious to your potential new employer what the benefit was to your employer at the time.
Go back through your list of responsibilities. Re-word or add to them, incorporating some of the trigger words below. These are also powerful action words when used alongside the words in the table above!
You will have described some of your qualities in your Personal Summary or Objective and also in your work history. You'll explain them more fully in your job interview. Here are some good trigger words to use when describing your personal qualities here and at your interview. They help create a good impression which is something you want to bear in mind as you read our help build a resume advice.
Skills And Qualifications
You'll already have mentioned some of your skills/qualifications in your Work History and Objective/Personal Summary, but many CVs and resumes have a separate section for skills and qualifications as you can see from our resume examples. But wherever you choose to state these, use strong action words.
For example, "Adept with Microsoft products" is much more direct and succinct than "I am good at operating word processing programs such as Microsoft Word and spreadsheets like Excel." Start your list of skills and qualifications with verbs and nouns like, "Skilled programmer in.."
You want short, punchy sentences that are going to get the information across and nothing more. Some other examples include:
If you've completed the 4 Steps, you're almost ready to put pen to paper. Just refresh yourself by reading about the main resume and CV headings and then pick a resume or CV format which suits you and the job for which you're applying.