Whether you call it a curriculum vitae, a cv, or a resume, it basically
comes down to the same thing: it should be a fairly complete
description of yourself, since it is one of the major selling points of
your professional portfolio. Here are important details on how to write
tell me who you are
A resume is a one or two page summary of yourself; your skills,
accomplishments, work experience, and education; all aimed at piquing
your future employer's interest.
A resume is like life itself: it goes through many changes. It must be
updated and tailored constantly. It's important to make different
drafts of your resume to come out with the best possible one,
especially if you venture into different fields of work. If you are
applying to different jobs, better yet, different industries, each
resume requires a targeted evaluation of your skills according to the
job in question.
The purpose of this article is to provide you with suggestions and
guidelines on how to write a resume, by taking you through the
necessary steps of the cover letter and the resume itself.
Anytime we write a resume, we have to put ourselves in the shoes of the
employer that's rummaging through the stack of (probably unsolicited)
resumes piling up on his desk. What s/he wants to do is cut through all
the crap and get down to the good stuff -- the resumes that stand out
and are associated with qualified applicants.
Employers want to know why they should hire you , as opposed to the
hundreds of other applicants -- but most importantly, they want to see
it. You have to stick it in their face and let them know that you are
the best person for the job.Cover Letter
The cover letter should be kept to a minimum in terms of information
with a brief overview of yourself, and should never be longer than a
page. It shouldn't unnecessarily repeat the information throughout the
document. This page should consist of approximately three paragraphs,
in the following format:First paragraph
No more than two or three sentences, with a brief introduction of
yourself and your career objective. Also, include the information of
where you heard about the job opening, be it a newspaper or a contact
within the company.Second paragraph
This part includes relevant information in terms of your education,
professional skills and pertinent abilities that would be of great use
to the company. Don't be afraid to throw in some numbers indicating
that you increased productivity by 25% in your past job or efficiently
reduced the advertising cost by 33%. Catch my drift?Third paragraph
This closing paragraph serves to provide the employer with
straightforward personal information so they can reach you easily. Be
sure to include your name, phone number, email, and fax number, if
available. You want to give them every way to contact you and make it
as simple as possible.
Your email address should be clear and professional in nature. If your name is Mike Smith, the email should be something like email@example.com
. Try to stay clear of hyphens (-) and underscores (_) to avoid any
possible confusion. The last thing you want is to be a perfect
contender for the position, but you can't be reached by the potential
Remember that a well-written cover letter is a window into your
personality more than your actual skills. This is a basis for employers
to evaluate how your personality would mold with the company culture.
Do you share the same vision? Can you buy into what the company does
and how they do it? Along with the remainder of the document, the
resume serves as a pop quiz where the employer uses your information as
answers to the questions they need answers to.