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Via Business Tech : This is what the perfect CV looks like in 2019

Jobs website, Glassdoor, has released a new report looking at the perfect CV.

The CV is based on collected advice provided by recruitment experts and has been collated into a handy infographic to give you an easy-to-follow outline for a resume.

You can find a detailed explanation of each point below.

1. Design Matters: Don’t go overboard with intricately decorated templates. Look for sufficient white space, margins of at least .7 inches (approximately 1.7 centimetres), and a font size no smaller than 11 pt.

2. Be Reachable: Make it easy for recruiters to reach out to you by providing your contact info near the header.

3. Show Off Your Skills: Don’t make recruiters hunt for the most critical information on your resume – include a table of your key soft and hard skill sets up top. Make sure your highlighted skills show why you’re a good fit for the job — all the better if these are keywords from the job description.

4. List Your Experience: This section should include each company you’ve worked for, your title, the dates you worked there, and several bullet points that describe your key accomplishments and responsibilities.

5. Quantify Your Experience: Whenever you can use concrete data points — it helps provide recruiters with the scope and context of your work and demonstrates how you contributed to the bottom line.

6. Include Other Positions: Don’t be afraid to include positions that aren’t directly related to the one you’re applying for, especially if you have limited work experience. You can still use it to demonstrate the skills and qualities you want to be highlighted.

7. Get the Grade: Many jobs require degrees or certifications, so make sure to list yours. GPA (school grades) are optional but may be worth including if you’ve graduated recently with high marks.

8. The Extra Stuff: Add some colour to your resume with a short catch-all ‘Additional Experience’ section at the end. Include clubs/organizations, volunteer experience, awards you’ve won, and even interesting hobbies or activities.

9. Keep It Concise: Limit your resume to 1-2 pages at the most.

Via Forbes : A Powerful Resume Lesson From History

Leonardo DaVinci is credited with drafting the first “resume” in 1482 when he wrote a letter to the Duke of Milan to gain his patronage.

Equally skillful in his job search prowess as his artistic talents, DaVinci made sure the letter focused on the strengths he had that were most closely aligned with the Duke’s needs. So although known for his budding artistic abilities, he instead focused on his aptitude to “make covered chariots, safe and unattackable, which, entering among the enemy with their artillery, there is no body of men so great but they would break them.”

DaVinci had already made some impressive contributions to the art world, including the two Madonna paintings and the Annunciation. However, these were left out of the list of accomplishments in his “resume” in favor of focusing on what his target audience was most interested in, which ultimately landed him the role of Director of Festivities in Milan.

While resumes have gone through several updates in terms of formatting, style and language, the key goal remains unchanged. A resume is designed to spark interest in further conversation – an interview usually.

If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your resume, these strategies will ensure it gets a second look:

  • Rebrand. Your resume isn’t about you – it’s about the value and abilities you bring to solve an employer’s problems. Even if you haven’t done the exact job previously, you likely have transferable skills that will inspire an interviewer to want to learn more. Hint: Dig beneath titles to uncover what you do at the most basic level. Usually these foundational skills are very transferable.
  • Reorder. With only eight to 10 seconds to grab an employer’s attention, it’s important to put the most relevant information front and center. A Summary at the top of your resume can bring the achievements that are most aligned to the desired job to the forefront, regardless of how long ago you did them. Hint: Don’t forget volunteer work or special projects. Experience counts, whether or not you were paid.
  • Remove. When you’re creating a targeted resume, it may be necessary to remove accomplishments that you’re proud of, but which do not align with your brand or support your candidacy. Don’t fall into the trap of listing every historical fact, but rather cherry-pick the achievements that best show your abilities to the hiring manager. Hint: More is not always better. Don’t let the great stuff get lost in the good stuff.
  • Revamp. If your resume reads more like a job description, it’s time to replace those bullets that begin with “Responsible for…” with accomplishments that show rather than tell what you’re capable of. Starting with action verbs, draft bullet points that entice a hirer to want to speak to you. Include numbers to show scope and add credibility. Hint: If your role doesn’t have clear metrics, consider how your work contributes to furthering the team’s mission or growing profits, even in an indirect way (see this to learn how).
  • Relate. Career stories have replaced career histories. Your resume is a marketing document, so you get to choose what to include. Hint: Comprehension is key, so if your titles are very company-specific, craft a market-appropriate alternative and put the official one in parentheses. Example: Sales Manager, New Products (Innovation Evangelist)
  • Review. If something is on your resume, you must be able to back it up with evidence, so be truthful and think through how you’ll support the information, even if the project was from three jobs ago. Also, check for grammar or spelling errors, which are easy to overlook. Hint: Spellcheck doesn’t catch errors in words that are ALL CAPS unless you set it to do so.

Via USA Today : Ask HR: When should I take past internships off my resume?

Question: I’m currently looking for my next job opportunity. Because I’ve been at my company for most of my professional career, I still have internships on my resume. At what point should I remove internship experiences from my resume? Are there any exceptions? – Anonymous

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.: There are no hard-and-fast rules about removing internships, or any other jobs for that matter, from a resume. However, I can share some general guidelines.

If the internship took place 10 or more years ago, don’t include it unless you gained knowledge and skills or completed assignments that would be interesting to a prospective employer. On the other hand, internships completed five years ago or less should probably remain on your resume.

If you worked as an intern between five and 10 years ago, use your best judgment. If you believe it will help you land your next job, include it.

However, if you have a lot of experience and your internship doesn’t correlate to the job you’re applying for, leave it off. It could detract from your overall resume.

The exception is if you worked as an intern for a famous employer or in a niche field, like the sports industry. In those cases, I’d suggest keeping an internship on your resume because the experience could help you stand out.

Additionally, internships can serve as supplemental experience if you do not meet the required years of experience for a desired job.

Lastly, if you have five or more years of professional experience, start focusing on gaining certifications in your industry or with your profession association. This will show a prospective employer you are continuing to grow in your career and not relying on early academic experience. Certifications also show you have the most current knowledge in your field.

Internships are valuable in helping you to identify a career and prepare for it. But, as you gain professional work experience, they become less important. As a result, your resume will evolve over time.

Via The Ladders : Refresh your resume in 5 steps (while employed)

Print out your resume and get your red pen ready. A hard copy lets you see details you might otherwise pass over.

It never hurts to freshen up your resume with new achievements and an eye toward the future of your career, especially while employed. Shifting technology makes what to include on your resume even more tricky. Do you include an objective? What about your LinkedIn profile? How do you make your resume less boring?

Print out your resume and get your red pen ready. A hard copy lets you see details you might otherwise pass over. Here’s what you need to do to liven your resume up:

1. Keep the format simple

Oddly formatted resumes are the bane of hiring managers’ existences. The creative colors, spacing, and various fonts become an eyesore, making you stand out in a different way than what you intended. Saving the file as a PDF keeps the data from warping when opened in different software.

Keep the format simple and intuitive for others to navigate. A sans serif font is easiest on the eyes, and don’t go crazy with bold, italicizing and underlining. Balance white space with content. Information on your resume should be quick and easy to locate, not give you a headache.

Save the creative design for the creatives. If you’re a designer or creative, consider designing an infographic resume to let your resume showcase your skills in a sensible and helpful way. Your resume should easy to peruse and relevant to the job role and industry.

2. Make cuts

You’d be surprised about what you don’t need in a resume. You won’t be surprised, though, to know that managers are skimming for required details that categorize you according to assumption rather than talent. Try these tips:

  • If you’re not a new graduate, eliminate the year of graduation. Cutting the date lets them measure your merit while adding up years.
  • Take out “References available upon request.” That’s obvious.
  • Delete soft skills. Save job intricacies for the interview, and list the measurable achievements.
  • Leave out high school and college accomplishments if it was years ago. Focus on now.
  • Goodbye, Objective section! That detail is for your cover letter.
  • Consider deleting your address. Most of the time, that’s added to a database as you apply, or is filled out during paperwork. Some managers may assume you can’t handle the commute. A telephone and email address is enough.

3. Add links

Include relevant social media and professional links in your resume. Does your industry require you to network and recruit new business and professionals? Does your role deal with marketing or influencing, especially as an industry expert?

Conveniently link hiring managers right to the information they need in one resource. List your Twitter, LinkedIn, blog and new digital publications. Use hyperlinks with relevant text, instead of lengthy URLs, and only use when appropriate.

4. Engage with active verbs

Resumes are polluted with passive word choices, especially when it comes to overused verbs. You don’t want your resume to sound like a life coach giving a TED talk while jumping out of a plane. However, your resume showcases your talents and how you performed within your job role. Your word choices can disempower you. Use active verbs.

Be precise, accurate and engage with compelling verb choices. Ditch these terms: “led,” “helped,” “handled,” “worked” and “responsible for.” Imagine your verbs as the pull back on an arrow before hitting the target — the force and energy required to snag the job. Avoid clichés, such as “go-getter.”

Did you lead a project? Try “chaired,” “headed,” “executed” or “coordinated.” Had a vision come to life? Try “devised,” “launched,” “pioneered” or “spearheaded.” Save the company budget? Try “diagnosed,” “deducted,” “consolidated” or “conserved.” Active verbs don’t have to be flashy to catch attention.

5. Use keywords to your advantage

Technology has made the hiring process easier for management, by allowing software to scan resumes for details that match the job description. Use keywords to your advantage by placing them, where relevant, in your resume.

Do you have a copy of your job description? Look up alternative names for your role (or desired role), and analyze what keywords are used. Don’t lie and don’t copy the job description word for word. Yet, realize that your resume isn’t likely getting a first pass by a human being. Don’t leave out specific software, years of experience and desired qualifications that are listed if you have those.

You’ll also find specific language with strong word choices unique to that industry and described in ways you may have not considered. Your cover letter and interview will also benefit from this knowledge. This strategy is particularly helpful when analyzing job descriptions for a role that you wish to grow into as your career develops. Start tailoring your resume now!

Trends in what makes a proper resume shift on the whims of manager preferences, but a little common sense maintains certain rules. Simplicity is key, even in an age of developing technology. Focus on precision, hard numbers and active voice when sharing your achievements on your resume. Just a few changes will refresh your resume and give it the pep needed to reach for your career goals.

Via LifeHacker : How To Punch Up Your Resume With ‘Action Verbs’ [Infographic]

There’s no shortage of resume tips on the internet, but word selection is one area that’s often overlooked. Believe it or not, your verb choices can have a serious impact on how your resume is received by prospective hirers – even if the listed skills and achievements remain otherwise unchanged.

This infographic from Eapplicants lists 22 action verbs that have been proven to strengthen resumes, along with a multitude of extra tips.

The tips in this infographic purport to make your resume one in a million. Hyperbole aside, it does contain some solid advice covering all aspects of your resume or CV, including page layout, font choice, best skills to focus on, proofreading and the aforementioned action words. If your resume could use a spit and polish, try implementing some of the below tips.