Tips For Writing A Great CV

Hopefully, you are already starting to see how your CV could take shape.  Perhaps these lists have helped you remember things you have left off and evaluate the information you have included in a new light.

Please consider the next set of recommendations as things all CV should include, even as your career progresses.

  1. A summary statement

Conveys career objective and value to the employer.  This is not the same as an objective statement.  Typically this section would be represented as a title such as “Sales Professional” or “Research Scientist” and a 3-4 line summary paragraph that communicates your value to the employer. This should not include first person pronouns such as “I” or “my,” but be written with you as the understood subject of the paragraph.

  1. A Summary of Qualifications or “Career Highlights”

Later in your career.  By Writing a list of 4 or 5 bullets that if the reader scans them, they will quickly understand what you offer as an employee.  I see many resumes with these types of sections, but they are focused on the wrong thing. This is not the place to say you are proficient in MS Word, but it could be a good place to indicate that you are multilingual.

  1. Achievement-driven bullets and quantifiable measurements.

It is becoming more and more important in resumes that you explain not just what you did, but also how well you did it.  You will want to make note of times when you improved processes, elevated revenue, and lowered costs in addition to any other measurable contribution you have made to the success of an organization or company. This can be individual achievements, things you did as part of a team, or the result of team efforts that you led.