Essential CV Rules Every Graduate MUST KNOW

There are no set rules about writing a great resume except to make it easier for the employer to read; there are some clear guidelines for writing an effective resume. Here are some basic rules when writing a CV.

Do

  1. Make the job of the reader as easy as possible. Potential employers are busy people; on average, an employer will spend 30 seconds on a resume. Do not expect them to read between the lines -concentrate on clear and relevant information.

  2. Tailor the resume for each position.

  3. Be honest as lying can burn you later.

Don’t

  1. Include salary details, marital or health status.

  2. Include reasons for leaving previous positions.

  3. Use words or phrases with a negative connotation.

  4. Use acronyms and jargon unless explained with the first usage.

  5. Use ‘etc.’ or ‘etcetera’ as it indicates you cannot think of what else to say.

  6. Break a section of information with a new page.

  7. Use coloured paper or printing, graphics, borders, your photo, or gimmicks.

  8. Have a single spelling, punctuation, or grammatical error.

For more information on graduate resumes, go to Client Centric’s website.

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